According to Noam Chomsky, "Snowden should be honored" for "telling Americans what the government was doing" because "that's what's supposed to happen."
My own opinion is that Snowden should be honored. He was doing what every citizen ought to do, telling. [Applause] He was telling Americans what the government was doing. That's what's supposed to happen.
Governments as I mentioned before always plead security no matter what's going on. The reflexive defense is security. But anyone who's looked at-- first of all, you take a look at what he exposed. At least anything that's been published, it's not any kind of threat to security, with one exception, the security of the government from its own population. And in fact if you look at anyone who's spent any time poring through declassified records-- I have, I'm sure many of you have-- you find that overwhelmingly the security is the security of the state from its own population and that's why things have to be kept secret.
There are some cases where there's authentic security concerns. But they're pretty limited.
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