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One leaker vs. a national debate
Graffiti focused on NSA leaker Edward Snowden sits on a sidewalk in San Francisco.
June 12th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

One leaker vs. a national debate

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – With rare exception, leakers don’t come forward voluntarily.

On Sunday though, when Edward Snowden and the Guardian revealed that he was the source behind the British newspaper’s bombshell stories about U.S. data collection, both the standard operating procedure and the way the public responds to these kinds of revelations may have changed.

In the Guardian interview, Snowden insisted he was going public so that Americans could hear and judge his motives for themselves and engage in a public debate over security versus privacy.

But did his dramatic self-outing enhance the debate or eclipse it?

[1:25] “Of Course, the Buzzfeeds and the Gawkers are talking about, you know, ‘Look at the hot dancer girlfriend he had to leave behind’, but I’m mostly still seeing people focusing on the substance,” said Julian Sanchez, technology and privacy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute.

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  1. Guy Rich

    I think the NSA, CIA, FBI,ATF, this alphabet soup of security agencies need to closely scrutinized and the whole
    national security apparatus be totally overhauled and revamped...ALL personnel involved should be THOROUGHLY
    schooled in the Constitution of the United States, ESPECIALLY the 4th Amendment. This goes for our so-called
    "Supreme Court" as well. ALL Military and Police Agencies in this country MUST be thoroughly trained in the Constitution in order to maintain their continued employment.

    June 16, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. sloppyslim

    props to the artist , lol

    June 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |