A year later the Edward Snowden story is as hot as ever. Scandal after scandal rocks the Obama administration and outing the NSA spying practices hasn’t helped Obama at all. Verizon customers were shocked to learn that their phone conversations were recorded and stored.
None of this would have come to light without Edward Snowden. A former systems administrator for theCentral Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a counterintelligence trainer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he later went to work for the private intelligence contractor Dell, inside a National Security Agency (NSA) outpost in Japan.
In early 2013, he joined the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton inside the NSA center in Hawaii. In June 2013, he came to international attention after disclosing to several media outlets thousands of classified documents that he acquired while working as an NSA contractor for Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Snowden’s release of NSA material was called the most significant leak in U.S. history.
Snowden has been called a traitor and a patriot.
The question remains, as Americans, are we better off knowing about the recorded and stored calls?
What do you think?