In a windowless room, deep inside a large building, sits a young man, a techno-wizard really, who is endlessly sorting, prioritizing, and filing snippets of classified government information, into larger algorithms, so that program artificial intelligences can identify patterns.
Patterns of possible plans that might pose a threat to National Security.
These are only ‘snipets’ because no one person is allowed to have entire data streams of information.
It would be too risky.
All of the other people in the room are young as well.
They are all highly skilled at this ‘filing’. In fact, they, or others like them, have built the programs.
The job pays fairly well and comes with health care and a 401k.
Formal education is not a requirement- just skill, and the ability to sit still for many hours- and focus.
Video gaming has never been more appreciated.
The older, wiser, superiors of these wizards, believe they have hit the mother load with this group- easily influenced, lonely, not easily social.
The wizards have been told they are geniuses and, like all young people, like to be rewarded, especially for all of the time they spent in their parents basements, lounging on the couch, with their gamer-on.
‘So there!’ Mom & Dad.
One wizard sees something he doesn’t believe is legal, or ethical, or moral.
He makes a decision to copy files, and code, and send them to a secure server outside of the windowless room.
He believes he has a duty, as a human being, maybe even as an American, to expose the ‘operation’, surely feeling that he will be exonerated and held in high esteem.
However, due to his superior intelligence he also knows, instinctively, that his employers will not take this lightly.
So, he quits his job, leaves his country, holds a press conference and …