Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has come out in support of renegade NSA whistlebower Edward Snowden, by describing the former government contractor as a ‘total hero’.
Speaking to ITP.net Wozniak declared: “Total hero to me; total hero. Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about.
“So he's a hero to me, because he gave up his own life to do it. And he was a young person, to give up his life. But he did it for reasons of trying to help the rest of us and not just mess up a company he didn't like."
Snowden was just 28 when he began leaking thousands of classified documents to the Guardian and New York Times, forcing him to flee US authorities and seek temporary asylum in Russia.
Apple was itself cited in some of these documents, including claims that ‘special software’ on the iPhone enables authorities to spy on users.