The NSA Leak and the Ethics of Whistleblowing

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Edward Snowden has stepped forward as the leaker who exposed the NSA's secret surveillance program known as PRISM. The 29-year-old former NSA contractor is reportedly hiding in Hong Kong, hoping to seek asylum. Supporters call him a heroic whistleblower, while others say he is a criminal whose actions endangered national secrecy. Does Snowden qualify as a whistleblower? Will the U.S. try to extradite him?

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Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights director of the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit organization that defends whistleblowers

Charles Stimson, manager of the National Security Law Program and senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and former deputy assistant defense secretary for detainee affairs

Rahul Sagar, assistant professor of politics at Princeton University and author of the forthcoming book "Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy"