Edward Snowden Influence On George Orwell

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Snowden’s Treason The National Security Agency(NSA) is in charge with the protection of United States’ communication and information systems. Edward Snowden was an operative of this agency who had access to citizen’s social and private information. Edward Snowden is now seeking asylum in Russia, restricted from entering American soil or else he would be arrested for various reasons. In May of 2013, Edward Snowden leaked classified documents of PRISM (Planning Tool for Resource Integration, Synchronization, and Management) which was an electronic surveillance program that he had access to. The public was soon aware of the program, leaving Snowden to be considered a traitor to his country. Edward Snowden’s actions can be compared to George Orwell’s 1984 characters and events, and by observing the articles of, Hero or Traitor: Edward Snowden leaked top-secret government information by …show more content…
In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston and Goldstein were seen as enemies to the Party and were similar to Edward Snowden. However, Winston’s purpose was more ideal and he made logical decisions when going against the Party. Both Goldstein and Snowden revealed private documents that would change their lives forever. Goldstein and Winston’s actions caused many conflicts within the book, while Snowden’s actions were implemented to affect reality. He endangered many innocents lives, as well as the soldiers that fight for his country. Snowden strived for privacy, but failed to see the bigger picture of finding terrorist information and broke the law instead. He was reckless and did not think thoroughly of his actions. People like Snowden need to think more responsively before they start to act in the future. Snowden clearly performed an act of treason and a traitor should be punished for his

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