Edward Snowden the Traitor or Edward Snowden the Whistleblower

Edward Snowden the Traitor or Edward Snowden the Whistleblower

I really wanted to talk about the Edward Snowden story, but there are so many details that I couldn’t possibly cover it in one blog post. So, I chose to highlight the details that resonated the most with me.

About being recorded

Edward Snowden claims to be so disgusted that he doesn’t “want to live in a world where everything [he does and says] is recorded.” Then maybe he should consider moving to another planet because with the Internet, social media, smart phones, smart cameras, smart ‘this’ and smart ‘that’ gadgets, the world, as we know it, is a recording machine!

While Snowden may not "want" to live in a recorded world, it doesn't look like he has much of a choice in the matter.   

About the NSA

Quoted from the lips of Edward Snowden, “NSA is focused on getting intelligence wherever it can by any means possible. It believes on the grounds of sort of self-certification that they serve the national interest.”

Okay, isn’t this what the NSA does? I mean in NSA’s mission statement, Executive Order 12333, it clearly states that this agency can “collect (through clandestine (“done secretively”) means) process, analyze, produce and disseminate signals of intelligence information and data for foreign intelligence.”

If Snowden is so adamant about protecting communication, especially his, why would he want to be employed by an agency whose primary goal is to work with intelligence and data?

Did Snowden not know what NSA stood for before he accepted employment there? Or, did he have it planned out all along to release information to the public, via the media, about PRISM or some other top secret operations?

About his behavior

Edward Snowden is so worried that he’s being watched that he puts a red hood over his head and laptop when he enters passwords.

Hmmm...if the government does have this huge infrastructure allowing it to intercept almost anything, would it really even matter if Snowden types his passwords in private? Wouldn't the government have access anyway?

The debate seems to be whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or a whistleblower. So, what do you think? Traitor? Whistleblower? Neither?

I'm very excited to hear your thoughts, opinions, and comments about Edward Snowden.

Sources:
http://www.nsa.gov/about/mission/index.shtml 
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/10/18882615-what-we-know-about-nsa-leaker-edward-snowden?lite
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/code-name-verax-snowden-in-exchanges-with-post-reporter-made-clear-he-knew-risks/2013/06/09/c9a25b54-d14c-11e2-9f1a-1a7cdee20287_story.html

Posted by Ginger Hill on Jun 17, 2013


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