The Department of Justice has indicted Edward Snowden on charges of espionage and stealing government secrets. The Washington Post first reported the story on Snowden’s indictment and pointed out this interesting fact: the DOJ filed its criminal complaint against Snowden under seal. In other words, the government’s case against the whistleblower who unveiled government secrets is being conducted in secret. I find that incredibly ironic.
Snowden, a former Booz Allen Hamilton employee working as a contractor for the National Security Agency, has been leaking information on the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs for the past few weeks. Currently holed up in Hong Kong, Snowden blew the whistleon two secret NSA programs involving the collection of data on virtually all telephone calls in the U.S. and emails from foreigners. Internet giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple and others have been linked to the secret programs.
In any event, a debate is raging over whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor. The debate has now opened a new phase over whether Snowden should be criminally charged. Glen Greenwald, The Guardian reporter to whom Snowden first provided information, had this to say:
What do you think?
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