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John Viacrucis, Moorhead, Published January 11 2014

Letter: Edward Snowden is a whistleblower

Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA routinely lied to Congress, which is a serious federal crime. These revelations make him a whistleblower who should be protected under U.S. law.

By their own account, the NSA violated privacy laws thousands of times each year. The NSA hacked into the encryption systems most frequently utilized on the Internet, which throws into question the level of privacy available to Internet users, such as myself.

Multiple federal judges have ruled that the NSA spying program is unconstitutional, calling the program “Orwellian” and in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Snowden can’t return to the U.S. without threat of detainment and prosecution by the U.S. government.

Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor. Congress should reform the NSA through bills such as those proposed by Reps. Rush Holt and Jim Sensenbrenner, and grant clemency for Snowden so that he can return to the U.S. without threat of prosecution.