On June 21, 2013, the U. S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property, following which the Department of Staterevoked his passport.
Two days later, he flew into Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, but Russian authorities noted that his U. S. passport had been cancelled, and he was restricted to the airport terminal for over one month. Russia ultimately granted him right of asylum for one year, and repeated extensions have permitted him to stay at least until 2020.In early 2016, he became the president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization that aims to protect journalists from hacking and government surveillance. As of 2017, he was living in an undisclosed location in Moscow.
A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor, and a patriot. His disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.
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I have very similar feelings on him as I do to Julian Assange, which is to say mixed. Some of the things that both men have revealed have been admirable and for the good of free Democratic societies everywhere... and in other cases I believe their egos, carelessness, and over-eagerness to get information out quickly for personal reasons has gotten good people irresponsibly hurt and killed. They would probably both cite the greater good in response... but so would the US govt officials that have surveiled US citizens without traditionally established probable cause.
This is my problem with people who suborn themselves to a cause. Principles go out the window, inevitably, in service of the cause.
Nothing wrong with being a whistleblower, whistleblowers can often be heroes.
I'm a big supported of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The CIA has a very secretive and influential role in events in the world and orchestrating events throughout the world.
I have a big respect for people who risk their lives to reveal things that the government doesn't want the public to know about.
If anyone is against WikiLeaks or Snowden, I welcome a friendly debate and am interested to know why they are evil.
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