Edward Snowden, Naïve Whistler-Blower or Russian Puppet for Putin’s Propaganda Machine? By Lori Perkovich

Edward Snowden, Naïve Whistler-Blower or Russian Puppet for Putin’s Propaganda Machine? By Lori Perkovich

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When it comes to Edward Snowden, two camps exist. Those who believe that he is a whistle-blower looking out for the best interests of American citizens and perhaps a little naïve, and those who believe that he is a Russian spy.

Three basic criteria exist in order to be considered a whistle-blower: materials must be proportionate to the allegations, exposure of illicit activities cannot be resolved by any other means, and public safety must be accounted for.

The number of documents Snowden compiled and stole from the NSA is estimated at 1.7 million. Out of that stockpile, only a small number focused on the domestic spying program. Did the release of the scope of U.S. surveillance program anger citizens in the U.S. and foreign leaders? Yes. Would the American people want to know that their email is monitored? Most likely; but the documents released were classified and the majority…

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