New poll suggests more Americans see Snowden as whistleblower, not traitor

Scott Shane in the New York Times: "It is still unclear whether Mr. Snowden, the 30-year-old former N.S.A. contractor now holed up at a Moscow airport, will escape punishment. But he has succeeded in opening the government spying’s trade-offs between civil liberties and security to the broadest and best-informed public debate in many years, even as intelligence officials are horrified at the exposure of their methods and targets." A new poll out this week suggests that up to 55% of Americans see Snowden as a whistleblower, rather than a traitor.

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