Whistleblower or Traitor?
Demonstrators hold signs supporting Edward Snowden in New York's Union Square Park, Monday, June 10, 2013. Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on privacy versus security. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
For years, this has been the debate over how to characterize Bradley Manning and the same question is being asked about Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen Hamilton employee who has taken responsibility for leaking documents revealing the existence of NSA programs harvesting vast amounts of data about U.S. citizens’ phone calls, and international internet activity.
In an interview with Marco Werman on The World, FRONTLINE’s Arun Rath discusses what the men share in common, and the crucial differences that could affect Snowden’s legal fate and public standing.