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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses the balance between online privacy and national security.


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Computer analyst Edward Snowden candidly discusses the Pandora’s box he opened when he leaked thousands of US National Security Agency (NSA) documents to journalists in 2013. At the heart of the debate lies the issue of whether people’s right to privacy trumps the intelligence agencies’ responsibility to protect national security. In a later interview, Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the NSA, contributes an opposing argument to this controversial debate. In the spirit of full disclosure, getAbstract highly recommends both articulate talks on this contentious issue.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why computer analyst Edward Snowden leaked secret NSA files to journalists,
  • How his actions instigated a debate regarding online privacy rights versus national security, and
  • Why he and others call for a “Magna Carta for the Internet.”


When Edward Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, leaked classified documents in 2013, public reaction was split: Some viewed him as a “hero”; others, a “traitor...
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Whistleblower Edward Snowden worked as a consultant computer analyst for the National Security Agency.

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