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The editorial board of America’s largest newspaper, the New York Times, says a man the government calls a traitor should be given a deal. Last year, Edward Snowden stole and then leaked top secret documents about how the National Security Agency gathers its information. He’s been living in Russia, because he could end up in prison for life if he comes home.
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He pulled the papacy out of the palace and into the streets. That’s just one reason why Time magazine says it named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” Wednesday. Only two other popes have ever won that distinction.
It was Edward Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency that hatched the idea — graphic artist Dan McCall would take the NSA’s emblem and create a new look with a funny twist. “When I got finished I thought, this is pretty good – I thought it was fun,” McCall said.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the man who leaked secret documents about a U.S. surveillance program is holed up inside the Moscow airport. On Sunday, Edward Snowden flew from Hong Kong to Russia – a country that has no extradition agreement with the US.
From a Hong Kong hotel room, a former CIA worker made public two sweeping US surveillance programs. Now, Edward Snowden could be looking at years in jail for the leak. “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded,” Snowden said. One program tracks millions of US phone records to search for links to terrorism. Another, taps into nine internet companies to detect suspicious behavior by web users that begins overseas.
The man who leaked the information about U.S. surveillance programs has come forward — voluntarily.