Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden’s actions are Justifiable because he shines light on what the government has been doing and he feels that the people have a right to know. This paper will contain what has been happening in the Snowden case and some reasons to why Snowden did what he did and why it was justifiable and how it did in a way enhance democracy in the United States. Snowden believed that by releasing this information he is doing the right thing, he also believed that people had a right to know that their privacy has been and was being breached.

Some background information on Edward Snowden is that he is 29 years old and he is from
Hawaii he flew from Hawaii to Hong Kong where he then told his information to reporters from
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A next article released by Guardian then reveals a programme called “prism” which gives the NSA access to data held by Facebook, google, apple and other big name internet companies. Snowden also leaked information about the existence of an NSA tool “Boundless Informant” it records and analysis’s where its data came from. On June 9th “Snowden decides to go public. In a video interview he says: "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.”
(Greenwald, MacAskill, 2013, Edward Snowden and the NSA files – timeline).

Snowden then flew from Hong Kong to Moscow and “the Hong Kong government says documents submitted by the US did not “fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong
Kong law" and it had no legal basis to prevent him leaving.” (Greenwald, MacAskill, 2013,
Edward Snowden and the NSA files – timeline). Snowden then applied for asylum in Russia and
20 other countries some of them were France, Ireland, Cuba, and Germany. “Snowden applied for Temporary asylum in Russia while he applies for permanent asylum in a Latin American country.” (Greenwald, MacAskill, 2013, Edward Snowden

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