Whistleblower or criminal?
The civil bunch at Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) are back with another one of their signature battle royals. Live streamed on Fora.tv and recorded for NPR, their matches are modeled after Oxford-style debates and feature leading authorities locking horns on a range of timely topics, such as clean energy or the Middle East. Certainly not fly-by-night, these discussions are grounded in fact and informed analysis. The subject of tonight's verbal sparring is Edward Snowden. The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor has been hailed as a whistleblower by some, and called a criminal by others. Was Snowden justified in leaking the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs? In the "for" corner are former U.S. Military Analyst and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and Snowden's legal advisor Ben Wizer. In the "against" are former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, and former CIA director and chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Ambassador R. James Woolsey. Returning to ref the proceedings is ABC News correspondent and author John Donvan. And for those that can't make it over in person, you can still join the debate online and cast your vote, for or against.