By James Hirsen
Some have called Edward Snowden a whistleblower, a dissident, and a traitor. Others have characterized him as a patriot and a hero. Now the former CIA and NSA employee, who intentionally disclosed to the press classified details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs, is being whispered about in the entertainment industry offices of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
Snowden engaged in the leaking of information to the U.K. Guardian, which resulted in the publication of a series of exposes that revealed details concerning the interception of U.S. and European telephone metadata and several Internet surveillance programs. ABC News called the disclosure "one of the greatest national security leaks in recent American history." Federal prosecutors charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property and as a result the former spy agency operative became a fugitive. He first fled to Hong Kong and then on to Moscow, where he was granted political asylum by the Russian government and now resides at an undisclosed location. [more...]