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Editorial opinions conflict on Edward Snowden

A number of publications have come out to express their opinions on the government whistle blower Edward Snowden as 2014 begins.

When Snowden leaked information about the National Security Agency's PRISM program to journalists in 2013, the world was both shocked and outraged about the invasive program. Many touted the whistle blower as a patriot, while others felt that the leaks were detrimental to national security. When the information was first released, Snowden fled to Hong Kong and sought asylum in a number of countries, finally finding it in Russia. During this time, the NSA worked to get the Snowden situation under control as numerous news outlets reported on the implications on the leaked documents.

Snowden is currently looking for his next country of asylum, as his residence in Russia is only temporary. He has spoken with a number of news sources since achieving asylum, justifying his actions by saying that the NSA's program was unconstitutional. Now, as he seeks a new home, many news sources are weighing in on how they feel about Snowden's search.

Bring him home?
Two major publications have argued that Snowden should be brought home to the U.S., however, for two entirely different reasons.

Writing for the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus argued that Snowden has been living by a self-righteous double standard since leaking the NSA documents. She wrote that he had no regard for the country's national security when they were released. Further, she argues that though he says the NSA behaved unconstitutionally, he too is doing so by avoiding the justice system.

"On behavior, if Snowden is such a believer in the Constitution, why didn't he stick around to test the system the Constitution created and deal with the consequences of his actions," she wrote.

However, the New York Times argued that Snowden should come back to the U.S. for an entirely different reason. This is because the publication feels he acted as a patriot and deserves to be offered some form of clemency or a plea bargain. He currently faces charges of espionage, though many feel he acted on behalf of the American people.

The news source reported that the government's system failed him and the American people when he reported the privacy violations to his superiors and nothing was done about it. Further, the Times argues that there has been no proof that damage has been incurred to the NSA.

Opinions certainly differ about the state of the NSA and Snowden's leaks, but one thing is for certain – they opened up a dialogue about the state of security both at home and abroad.

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