So, is Edward Snowden a hero or a criminal? Or both?
We learned over the weekend that 29-year-old Snowden is the former CIA employee who has confessed to being the source of leaked information about the federal government’s massive collection of phone records and other classified surveillance programs. According to various news sources, he’s in Hong Kong but expects to be arrested and prosecuted by our government at some point soon.
Snowden’s actions set off a national discussion last week about the government’s secret surveillance programs and whether we’ve conceded too much of our privacy in order to stop and track down terrorists.
What do you think? Is Snowden to be praised for risking his future in order to inform Americans and shed light on the government’s secret surveillance programs? Or is he to be condemned for revealing classified information that government officials say could jeopardize efforts to block terrorist activity and to keep Americans safe? Do you want to know what your government is doing? Or is national security more important? Send your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.