Snowden’s Q&A over NSA spying concerns

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Edward Snowden
Some view Snowden as a traitor, while others believe he’s a hero.

Recently, President Barack Obama and the US Senate promised to limit the spying capabilities of the National Security Agency (NSA).

They’ve felt the pressure ever since ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden fled the country to reveal that the NSA collects data from American and international phones.

Even the leaders of closely allied nations were surprised to find their phones monitored, causing a lot of diplomatic drama.

This Thursday, Snowden held an online question and answer chat on the website freesnowden.is, typing away in Russia where he hides from the US government.

Taking questions submitted on Twitter, he said he never stole any passwords and didn’t trick any co-workers to get his hands on secret documents. He also talked about how he believes that US laws on whistle-blowers, which protect people who blow the whistle on their employer’s wrongdoing, should also protect national security contractors.

US Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC that he “would engage” with Snowden’s lawyers if “their client was prepared to take accountability by pleading guilty to the charges filed against him.” See, Snowden committed the illegal act of espionage, which involves obtaining secret information on your government’s activities.

Still, Snowden believes his actions were justified, because privacy was violated on a massive level to deal with what he believes to be ultra-rare threats. He does, however, admit that “not all spying is bad” and that members of the “NSA, CIA, or any other member of the [intelligence community] are not out to get you,” but still thinks the programs they’re using go too far.

Featured image of NSA headquarters courtesy of NSAImage of Snowden courtesy of TheWikiLeaksChannel on YouTube.