The Nsa Leaks By Edward Snowden Essay

1259 Words Sep 29th, 2016 6 Pages
Whistleblowing When most people think of whistleblowing they might think about recent events surrounding the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden outlining international and domestic surveillance programs. Or of the physical act of blowing a whistle by a referee to indicate a foul. Either way, whistleblowing is the indication of wrongdoing by someone. This paper focuses on the traditional form of whistleblowing by calling attention to governmental or organizational wrongdoing and some of the arguments for or against. When it comes to the release of information detailing unconstitutional government wrongdoing there can be people very much for it and some vehemently against it. There will be some who support the whistleblower and applaud their moral decision to release information. And then there will be people who believe that the release of confidential or top secret information amounts to treason and whoever did so is a traitor. There are many varying viewpoints from one end of the spectrum to the other, all with valid points and assertions. This paper will focus on governmental whistleblowing as it is a current topic and has come clear viewpoints on either side. One of the main views from supporters of whistleblowing that exposes illegal or unconstitutional activates is that it can be vital for a democracy. As seen with recent leaks of shadowy programs that the NSA were developing thanks to Ed Snowden, there is much merit behind this claim. Exposing of these programs that were…

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