Hero or Traitor?

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Time magazine released a cover that featured Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who said he leaked top-secret classified information to the press and fled to Hong Kong. The leaked documents revealed operational details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA and other members of the Five Eyes alliance, along with numerous commercial and international partners.

A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called “a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor, and a patriot”. What is your opinion on Snowden and his actions against the US Government? Do you consider him a hero or a traitor?

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5 thoughts on “Hero or Traitor?”

  1. Edward Snowden should be considered a traitor. By exposing our country’s intelligence system he decreased national security. A recent government report classified potential leakers like him as more dangerous to US security then terrorists. He made it more difficult for government intelligence to keep the nation secured, forcing them to develop new techniques to gather intelligence. Now it is easier for terrorists to develop new ways of communicating with each other by avoiding monitored networks. While I agree with reforming certain aspects of the NSA, security, not privacy, is the number 1 concern of our government.

  2. The public seems to be split on the question of Edward Snowden being a hero or traitor– and Time magazine is not revealing it’s opinion on the hacker either (via the cover, at least). Snowden’s expression on the cover is ambiguous. Neither smiling nor frowning, Snowden is showing little emotion. In fact, his expression does not even really scream “driven,” as Time describes the hacktivists. Perhaps the cover’s creator chose to represent the hackivist this way, in order to spark more curiosity in viewers and sell more copies of the magazine.

  3. In the image time used, they represented Edward Snowden to have different facades meaning depending on perspective there’s a different assumption. Time seems to be taking a neutral position in terms of the actions he committed and only depict the different sides people take.

  4. The title, “The Informers”, kind of implies that these three “traitors” or “heroes” shouldn’t be reprimanded for their actions. I mean, why call them informers if they are sharing government secrets? Why not straight up call them traitors or heroes? I think the point is to show that this situation is not just black and white and that there are many factors to consider when judging these people. Personally, I would much rather know about the NSAs spying, so I consider them to be heroes.

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