Julian Assange & Edward Snowden Are Heroes: There’s No Debate

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by Arjun Walia, The Pulse:

A recent poll conducted by Elon Musk asked, “Should Assange and Snowden be pardoned?” The answer was an overwhelming yes, with 80.5 percent of approximately 3.3 million people voting.

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For those of you who don’t know, Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks, an organization that obtained genuine classified documents from various sources. These documents exposed various war, environmental, financial and other crimes by multiple governments around the world, especially the United States.

They also revealed the corruption within the intimate relationships between big multinational corporations, whether it be pharmaceutical companies or big food companies for example, and agencies like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In short, many of these documents exposed unethical and immoral actions by powerful entities. One of many great examples was the “Collateral Murder” leak.

Edward Snowden is the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who blew the whistle on the NSA’s mass global surveillance program. The extent and sophistication of these programs was quite shocking, and revealed that citizens don’t really have any privacy whatsoever. Snowden, like Assange, took a stand for ‘doing the right thing’ in the face of corrupt governments.

So what does this recent twitter poll tell us? It tells us like many others surveys conducted in the past, that the majority of people believe these two are heroes. It makes sense, what else would those who have the ability to expose such unethical and immoral actions by governments and actually do it be branded as? Human rights groups, civil liberty groups and press freedom advocates have all been on the side of Assange and Snowden.

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