Edward Snowden. His name and face have been splashed across the front page of virtually every major publication in the world. He is revered by millions for what they see as his exposing the NSA’s secret and massive spying program and for changing the way the world thinks about personal privacy and individual freedoms. Just as many revile him for what they see as his interfering with the government’s effort to keep us safe from the growing threat of global terrorism. His supporters think he had no choice but to go to the press with his classified information. His detractors think there were other, safer channels he could have used. He has received numerous accolades and awards and been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also a fugitive and refugee awaiting charges in the US for espionage and being a traitor to his country. However you may feel about Edward Snowden, one thing is for sure: he has sparked a worldwide debate on whistleblowers and the proper role they should be playing as watchdog to governments and businesses behaving badly. Like Snowden, whistleblowers are sometimes celebrated as heroes and just as often it seems, castigated as villains.
So what do you think: has Snowden helped the perception of whistleblowers?
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