Snowden: from traitor to sex symbol

At least one high-profile US government figure has changed his tune on the NSA scandal

12th June, 2016
Filmmaker Laura Poitras speaks as former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen on a video conference screen Pic: Getty

Three years ago this month, Edward Snowden revealed what only people with severe paranoia or high-level security clearance would have previously believed about the breadth and depth of the NSA’s spying and surveillance programmes. When the revelations came out, many people were conflicted about how he did it.

Was Snowden a traitor for walking off with a still-unknown quantity of data that could put people at risk? Or was he a hero for...

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