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Edward Snowden: Traitor, or National Hero?
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Edward Joseph Snowden is an American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), before leaking details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the press. Snowden shared classified material on a variety of top-secret NSA programs, including the interception of US telephone metadata and the PRISM surveillance program, primarily with The Guardian, which published a series of exposés based on Snowden's disclosures in June 2013. Snowden said the leaks were an effort "to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."

Snowden faces charges of espionage and theft of US Government property for alleged leaks said to rank among the most significant breaches in the history of the NSA. Matthew M. Aid, an intelligence historian in Washington, said disclosures linked to Snowden have "confirmed longstanding suspicions that NSA's surveillance in this country is far more intrusive than we knew."On June 14, 2013, US federal prosecutors filed a sealed complaint, made public on June 21, charging Snowden with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified intelligence with an unauthorized person; the latter two allegations are under the Espionage Act.

On June 23rd 2013, the Hong Kong government announced that it had allowed the departure from the territory of Snowden. Hong Kong officials said that the United States' extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law. Snowden moved to Moscow aboard an Aeroflot flight.

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39Snowden makes surprise appearance at TED. [youtube video]zax-3/21/2014
37A strangely appropriate article title, indeed Americans Still Can't Decide zax-10/30/2013
36Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files to Russia By JAMES RISEN [gzax-10/17/2013
35Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming tBrian Sullivan-8/30/2013
34Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say [graphic] The Guardian via AFP-zax-8/29/2013
33New York Times Partnering With Guardian On Snowden Reporting The Huffington Poszax-8/23/2013
32[graphic] Edward Snowden speaking to the South China Morning Post. (photo: Southzax-8/9/2013
31[graphic] August 1, 2013 Russia Grants Snowden 1-Year Asylum By ANDREW E. KRzax-8/1/2013
30Video from Edward Snowden's statement in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport zax-7/13/2013
29"But if the self-proclaimed National Security Agency leaker takes Venezuelzax-7/10/2013
28Luis Posada Carriles Posada has been convicted in absentia in Panama, of invopcstel-7/7/2013
27Is Edward Snowden a Lawbreaker? Or did he simply act against unjust legislation?Tom Clarke-7/7/2013
26Have We All Been Fooled By Edward Snowden? Author: T. Steelman July 6, 2013zax-7/6/2013
25Credit card donations to WikiLeaks once again flowing through Iceland rawstory.Tom Clarke-7/4/2013
24Edward Snowden: there will be more 'Libertarian Millennials' like him DTom Clarke-7/4/2013
23This is the real reason that the NSA PRISM program is highly-classified. E.U. fBrian Sullivan-7/1/2013
22[graphic] Article: washingtonpost.comBrian Sullivan17/1/2013
21[graphic] U.S. Taps Half-Billion German Phone, Internet Links Each Month: Reporzax-6/30/2013
20Greenwald in his element - Socialism Conference in Chicago, June 28Tom Clarke-6/29/2013
19Give us a clue... a time index.... I'm not going to watch a 54 minute video zax-6/29/2013
18Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out [youtube video]Tom Clarke-6/29/2013
17Edward Snowden: Master Troll [graphic]zax-6/28/2013
16guess this administration doesn't want Snowden talking in court. Better to jchartseer-6/28/2013
15Edward Snowden's father: My son is not a traitor The father of Ezax-6/28/2013
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