Edward Snowden: The United States National Security Agency

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According to BBC News, in June of 2013 the story broke through the newspaper, the Guardian that the United States National Security Agency (NSA), was spying on foreign leaders, people of power both in the US as well as other countries, and millions of Americans. On going stories also revealed that the NSA was collecting data from various allies such as Greece, France, and Italy. They also collected data from allies outside of Europe such as India, Japan, and South Korea (Edward Snowden: Leaks That Exposed US Spy Programme). The NSA also worked in part with its UK counterpart, the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), to share data uncovered by GCHQ though the tapping of fibre-optic cables (Hopkins).
All of this leaked information and more was revealed through Edward Snowden. Snowden, a high school dropout with only a GED, was raised in Maryland. Although he had no college degree, Snowden showed a remarkable amount of skill when it came to computers. According to Biography.com, for this reason he was hired by the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, as a systems analyst in 2006. He left the CIA in 2009 when he was hired as a private contractor for the National Security Agency, NSA. While working for the NSA, Snowden was
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This is not true because a true whistleblower would care strongly enough about their cause to release information regardless because they knew what they are doing is right. If someone 's motivation for bringing forth the truth can be so easily deterred, then their reasons for doing so in the first place must not hold much ground. This is why punishing Snowden will send a message with positive consequences. It will encourage people to not act recklessly in the name of whistleblowing, therefore not creating a frenzy of people leaking documents and causing chaos is the way that Snowden

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