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. andreau webb

    Freedom of speech I'm all for' but when what you tell jeopardies the safety of this country, then their is a problem. and Snowden desire for his 15 mins did that. Why tell the enemy what the game plan is? As far as the government listening to or monitoring our electronic communication that has been going on for DECADES. Just ask anyone during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

    June 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 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 |
  3. sloppyslim

    props to the artist , lol

    June 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • gullible white cattle

      Israel steals technology, & spies on White America. NSA is an arm of Israel. this is not left vs right, GOP vs Dems, Socialism vs liberty. This is war against White people.

      Why do hostile globalist elite defend Israel as a Jewish ethnostate with Jewish only immigration, but ravage White majority Europe/North America into a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural Gulag with dystopian non-White colonization?

      The world is 93% non-White, only 7% White. But 3rd world colonizers, Muslims, Sikhs, Hispanics, are aggressively advancing their agenda to annihilate gullible Whites, just as China annihilates Tibet.

      How long will gullible Whites cuckold for murderous anti-White elite, who confiscate our guns, infiltrate/subvert our banks/FBI/CIA, indoctrinate White kids in academia/mass media, plunder White jobs/wages, & butcher White soldiers in bankrupting wars?

      "Native" Americans invaded from East Asia. Yellow & Brown races committed 10-times more genocide, slavery, imperialism than Whites. Since Old-Testament, Whites have been victims of Jewish/Crypto-Jewish, Turkic, Muslim, N.African imperialism, slavery, genocide.

      Gullible Whites should reject subversive ideologies- libertarianism, feminism, liberalism- & reject hostile slanders of racism. Peace to all humanity, but White people must organize to advance their interests, their fertility, their homelands. Spread this message. Reading list: goo.gl/iB777 , goo.gl/htyeq , amazon.com/dp/0759672229 , amazon.com/dp/1410792617

      June 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |