Edward Snowden is a former National Security Agency subcontractor who disclosed thousands of classified documents to American media. He is now being pursued by the American government charged with espionage, and he is currently in Russia where he has been granted a one-year temporary renewable asylum. Snowden once said “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.
Whether if it was right or wrong what Snowden did is a difficult question. Personally I agree with Edward Snowden’s actions. It is scary to think that the government can trace individuals and read all their personal emails and see everything they do online. Snowden is not a traitor in my eyes, and he should not be charged with espionage. As he said himself, he has not given the information to any other country, but to the American public. He had the opportunity to share confidential information, and he believed that his actions would help America. He helped the Americans see what their own government was doing, and maybe still does. In my opinion, it is people like Snowden that prevent the government from doing as they please.