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originally posted by: AnonyMason
Wikileaks is a useful tool for whistelblowers, at least it used to be. It's also gotten a few people locked up during the process of trying to send leaked material. Wikileaks was a great idea, and is still a useful websight.
With that said I'm not a fan of Assange.
Snowden on the other hand is one of the bravest people on planet earth. Exposing the NSA and the United States 1984esque surveillance machine has earned him a place in my heart forever. Any one who enjoys freedom, or who is willing to fight for the rights we are all born with should admire Edward J. Snowden. His contributions as a whistleblower are the greatest I have seen in my lifetime. Even other whistle blowers like Thomas Drake, and William Binney, who were equally brave, could not ever match the success Snowden achieved with his leaks to the Guardian.
XKeyscore, the documents boast, is the NSA's "widest reaching" system developing intelligence from computer networks – what the agency calls Digital Network Intelligence (DNI). One presentation claims the program covers "nearly everything a typical user does on the internet", including the content of emails, websites visited and searches, as well as their metadata.