After it was revealed that Edward Snowdon was the man who blew the whistle to The Guardian on the National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence leak, an internet meme #IStandWithEdwardSnowden is trending on Twitter in an effort to protect the 29-year old. Snowdon, a former technical assistant for the CIA was revealed last night as the source of the leak to The Guardian US over the US Government’s mining of global data, having worked alongside the NSA for the last four years while acting as a contractor. The Twitter meme has begun in an attempt to protect Snowden by those who feel that their privacy and freedom have been undermined by the US Government’s PRISM strategy, with Snowdon very likely to face prosecution for having spoken to the media about such a secretive strategy.
#IStandWithEdwardSnowden because governments must be held accountable to their citizens.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 9, 2013
Snowden is a patriotic defender of freedom and civil liberties who used his security clearance for good, not evil. #istandwithedwardsnowden— Jerri(@jerrigirl) June 10, 2013
images of Boundless Informant, the software being used to collect and analyse global data by the US Government were published by The Guardian while the Governnent began investigations into the leak.
#IStandWithEdwardSnowden because our privacy contains joy & intimacy. Messy things we're still trying to sort. Dancing like nobody watches.— Rachel Weidinger (@rachelannyes) June 9, 2013