Edward Snowden is an American citizen and former Intelligence Community officer who many consider to be a whistleblowing hero. The documents he revealed provided a vital public window into the NSA and its international intelligence partners’ secret mass surveillance programs and capabilities. These revelations generated unprecedented attention around the world on privacy intrusions and digital security, leading to a global debate on the issue.
The US government has charged Snowden with theft of government property, and two further charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence yet all he has done is tell the truth because his government is breaking the law.
I believe if you live in a society where telling the truth is a crime then you are being ruled by criminals. Jullian Assange is suffering a similar problem in the UK.
With the US pursuing his Snowdens extradition, he is hiding in Russia, where he was formally granted three years’ residency from 1 August 2014, after a year of temporary asylum in Russia ended on 31st July 2014. Journalists continue to publish documents from Snowden that reveal the evil secrets of the powerful governments and unaccountable systems of modern global surveillance.