The Heroic Geek

India Today - - SOCIETY -

On Jan­uary 10, Ed­ward Snow­den, 29, went from be­ing a tech geek to an on­line hero within sec­onds. He was re­vealed as the whistle­blower who leaked se­crets of the US’s National Se­cu­rity Agency spy pro­gramme PRISM. Snow­den dis­closed that PRISM en­abled in- depth sur­veil­lance of web con­tent— in­clud­ing emails, video chats, so­cial me­dia posts and pic­tures, of cit­i­zens who com­mu­ni­cated with peo­ple out­side Amer­ica. Ne­ti­zens are not only laud­ing his brav­ery in fac­ing the govern­ment, but also com­pli­mented his looks, call­ing him ‘ geek hot’.

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