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Edward Snowden's Tortured Legacy

By David Sirota, Salon - June 15, 2015

Two years ago this month, a 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden became the Daniel Ellsberg of his generation, delivering to journalists a tranche of secret documents shedding light on the government’s national security apparatus. But whereas Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers detailing one specific military conflict in Southeast Asia, Snowden released details of the U.S. government’s sprawling surveillance machine that operates around the globe. On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed — and what has not.

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