Your smartphone’s radio can be used to spy on you. The exiled NSA leaker teamed up with renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang to stop it.
Let the record show that Mr. Snowden did, in fact, attempt to go through the “proper channels” to bring light to his concerns before going public with information regarding the unlawful collection of data by the United States government.
More than 800 pages of formerly classified NSA documents, including emails sent from the highest levels of government, give unprecedented insight into both Edward Snowden’s final weeks at the agency and its response to his historic leaks.
The former U.S. Attorney General who once deemed Mr. Snowden a traitor, admits that he might have been hasty in that assumption. Meanwhile, we could just add this to the growing list of things Mr. Holder might’ve been wrong about….
I think Snowden himself tweeted it best:
2013: It's treason!
2014: Maybe not, but it was reckless
2015: Still, technically it was unlawful
2016: It was a public service but
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 30, 2016
“We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in,” Holder said.
This is an interesting take on the Snowden kerfluffle: a moderate view that says that Snowden should be punished within the context of his alleged crime (essentially amounting to a slap on the wrist compared to the current administration and Republican frontrunners’ plans to hang him, or worse) but also saying that the US government must also be held accountable to the higher crimes committed against the People of the United States.
People always want to cast Edward Snowden as a hero or as a villain, but the presidential hopeful says he has “mixed feelings.”