The following is part of a letter former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon J. Humphrey wrote to Edward Snowden and Snowden’s response:
Senator: “Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harm’s way any intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.”
Snowden: “I have not provided any information that would harm our people — agent or not — and I have no intention to do so. The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.” — Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian
Without Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing and Glenn Greenwald’s reporting on NSA surveillance, we would still be in bliss. To those who would have us govern by fear, those who say with the president that we must give up some liberty to increase our security, I would ask: what security?
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Daniel Ellsberg taught the American people about trusting our government with his exposure of the Pentagon Papers.