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The case of Edward Snowden
Who is Edward Snowden?
Edward Snowden is a 29-year-old technical geek who has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years.
He was living a very comfortable life with a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend whom he shared a home with in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves.
What he did?
Edward Snowden leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents regarding top-secret government surveillance programs like PRISM which is spying on American citizens via phone calls and internet use.
Perhaps most alarming, the data collected through PRISM was not limited to the NSA, but also shared with the FBI and CIA.
What is PRISM?
PRISM is a surveillance program that allows NSA agents to collect data "directly from the servers" of certain US-based service providers, including MIcrosoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.
Why he did it?
According to Edward Snowden these surveillance programs are destroying privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world.
Even if you don't do anything wrong you are being watched.
The U.S. government charged Snowden:
with espionage and theft of government property,
unauthorized communication of national defense information,
Where is Snowden now?
Snowden Has been offered permanent asylum by four other Latin American countries
But instead Snowden chosen Russia for one year asylum, which allows him to live, travel, and work there.
So what Snowden did was Right or Wrong?
Surveillance is good
Past data mining exercises have stopped attacks in the United States and overseas.
The programs provide leads to potential and existing terrorists.
Surveillance is bad
"Americans deserve to know how much information about their private communications the government believes it's allowed to take under the law,"
Where does it stop?
Welcome to the Case of Edward Snowden