Edward Snowden Case Study

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In May 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA (National Security Administration), leaked to the media extensive information about a global surveillance program, called PRISM. This program collected communicate data on US citizens and foreign leaders from majority internet companies. Mr. Snowden, who had been granted residency in Russia, faced charge with espionage over his actions. This incident had generated heated discussion. Some people thought he was a hero. He showed great courage to stand against most powerful mechanism of oppression to struggle for the principles he believed in. On the other hand, some people thought he was a traitor. His behavior endangered American national security. In my opinion, Edward Snowden is …show more content…
Whistleblowing is “Making public matters that organizations have ignored or wish to keep hidden but which constitute a significant moral wrong”.(whistleblowing 11) In this case, the surveillance program gathered information directly from majority internet companies’ central servers. Which means our e-mail, personal chat were totally available by NSA. This program breached privacy right of millions of people. It could be considered a significant moral wrong. And this program was unknown by authorization of US legislative bodies and the public. Snowden exposed the wrong action of the US government, he was a whistleblower. Moreover, Snowden’s behavior was also considered as “dirty hand”. “The ‘problem of dirty hands’: doing the morally superior thing sometimes involves doing something that is morally wrong”. (dirty hand 7) Morally speaking, employees should be loyal to their employer, and they should comply with company rules. However, Snowden broke the code of conduct to expose the project which NSA did not want to go public. Because in his view public’s right to know was prior to loyalty, he chose to dirty his hand to bring the surveillance program into …show more content…
Snowden defended millions of people’s privacy right through his own conduct, he qualified for the heroic title. He also paid a lot after he disclosed the surveillance program. He cannot came back to US anymore, otherwise he would face a lot of years in prison or even death penalty. He gave up a very nice paid job and his family, which was the most important thing for a person, because he had the responsibility to do it. I believed there was some people else who worked for NSA had the same thought as Snowden, but they didn’t stepped out to tell public what NSA did. And the main reason would be fear of the outcome. They were trapped in a dilemma: on one hand, they wanted to seek justice; on another hand, they did not want to destroy their life. In this situation, people always kept silence and hope someone else could do it instead of themselves. In this case, Snowden was the person who stood out, so we should admire his courage and his spirit of sacrifice. The more such kind of people the better the

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