Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, a previous member of the CIA and FSA, has recently been a hot topic of discussion. Edward disclosed and leaked NSA documents which revealed secret government information. In simple terms, he uncovered the fact that the government was spying on us. They were using surveillance practices that included being able to see when, who, where and what time you called someone via cellphones and were also looking at our internet usage. He revealed his information to members of the Guardian and the Washington Times. They then released his leaked information including PRISM, which revealed personal information of American citizens. After that he fled to Hong Kong to hide and now resides in Russia. The United States is charging him under the Espionage Act. Personally, I think he should be praised for what he did. Edward Snowden himself stated “I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.” I think Snowden revealed the information because he realized how morally wrong the governments actions are. I believe he did what he did because he values his own privacy and realizes that with personal information being looked at, anything negative could be used against him. He also could have done it because he wanted to be a hero and with the title of the man who revealed government wrongdoings. With the consequences of getting caught in his mind he still continued to reveal the secrets but I admire the fact that he was the only one who did. If I were in his position and found out this disturbing act I would not think twice about letting American citizens know. It seems as the government wants to punish him yet the American people find him a hero. I wonder why? He is now being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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