Thursday, October 31, 2013

Is NSA Leaker Edward Snowden A Traitor Or Hero -- Public Opinion Appears To Be Split

Americans Still Can't Decide Whether Edward Snowden Is A 'Traitor' Or A 'Hero,' Poll Finds -- Huffington Post

Americans remain deeply divided in their views of Edward Snowden, and worried by the prospect of widespread government surveillance, according to a recent Angus Reid Global online poll.

The survey, released to The Huffington Post on Wednesday, finds significantly higher support for Snowden in Canada and the U.K.

Fifty-one percent of Americans said the NSA leaker was “something of a hero who should be commended for letting the public know that our governments are running electronic surveillance programs that threaten people’s privacy," while 49 percent labeled him “more of a traitor who should be condemned for publicizing security activities and threatening western intelligence operations." "Neither" and "undecided" weren't offered as options.

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Update #1: Americans Split Over Whether Snowden ‘Hero’ or ‘Traitor’ – Poll -- RIA Novosti
Update #2: Most Canadians And Brits See Edward Snowden As A Hero, Poll Suggests -- Huffington Post

My Comment: As to what is my take .... Edward Snowden did break the law, and he should be punished for it. On the flip side .... the NSA programs that he disclosed and the people who run it have done a great disservice to the American people .... and their actions makes me wonder if they should also be punished. Lets face facts .... these senior intelligence officials have lied about these programs in open Congressional testimony, and they (with their political masters) have also lied about it to the press. There has to be some accountability for this.

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