For the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, the answer is simple.
Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, recently spoke out in support of Edward Snowden, pointing out that the whistleblower risked his life to bring us the truth.
In an interview with technology news site ITP.net, Wozniak said that Snowden is a “Total hero to me; total hero…Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional.”
Wozniak has been outspoken on this topic in the past, as well.
In 2013 he told CNN that “I actually feel a little guilty about that – but not totally. We created the computers to free the people up, give them instant communication anywhere in the world; any thought you had, you could share freely. That it was going to overcome a lot of the government restrictions. We didn’t realise that in the digital world there were a lot of ways to use the digital technology to control us, to snoop on us, to make things possible that weren’t. In the old days of mailing letters, you licked it, and when you got an envelope that was still sealed, nobody had seen it; you had private communication.”
That same year, Wozniak showed his support for Snowden for the first time, saying that “I felt about Edward Snowden the same way I felt about Daniel Ellsberg, who changed my life, who taught me a lot.”
Ellsberg is the whistleblower who had a major hand in bringing an end to the Vietnam war by exposing corruption in the operation. Ellsberg is free today, although he is technically guilty of the same offenses that Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and others are said to have committed. Many people recognize Ellsberg as a hero because he was treated as a whistleblower and not a criminal or a terrorist, as many modern whistleblowers are.
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