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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.

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden worked as a consultant computer analyst for the National Security Agency.



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.” As a consultant to the NSA, Snowden was privy to actions the agency took without public – and often without government – knowledge or consent. He believed that by leaking documents to conscientious journalists, he could responsibly inform the public – in a way that “maximizes the public benefit while minimizing the risks” – of the NSA’s clandestine programs to mine the web for data. His actions ignited a crucial debate.

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