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Self-exiled former CIA computer specialist Edward Snowden excoriated Hillary Clinton in a tweet Wednesday, that distilled the controversy centered on her use of a private email server while secretary of state in 22 words.
Break classification rules for the public’s benefit, and you could be exiled.
Do it for personal benefit, and you could be President.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 1, 2016
Within a day, his message received more then 15,000 “likes” and was retweeted nearly 13,000 times.
Opinions of Snowden run high both pro and con. some call him a traitor, others a hero, and those core beliefs managed to stir up debate.
— Bob Clayson (@BClayson) June 1, 2016
— Norma Connors (@NormaConnors) June 1, 2016
@JerelDamon @Snowden anyway you put it he’s a traitor and he cost us, taxpayers, billions.
— Good Morning (@GoodMorning_not) June 1, 2016
And even those who thought Snowden a traitor found agreement on this one.
— Lee Badman (@wirednot) June 1, 2016
Right? & extraordinary update on Dylan. “Steal a little, they call you a thief. Steal a lot they make you a king.
— Johnny Profane (@johnnyprofane1) June 1, 2016
But all-in-all, this pithy message said it best.
— Kim (@kim) June 1, 2016
While employed as a private contractor for the U.S. government, Snowden copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency.
He also disclosed that the United States was engaging in widespread surveillance of foreign world leaders as well as collecting metadata of American telephone customers with the cooperation of telecommunication service providers.
He flew from Hawaii to Hong Kong, and eventually ended up in Russia where he remains to this day.
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