Edward Snowden revealed the shocking extent of government mass surveillance to help protect our privacy. Now he’s facing decades in prison.
When Edward Snowden shared US intelligence documents with journalists in June 2013, he revealed the shocking extent of global mass surveillance.
He revealed how governments were secretly hoovering up huge chunks of our personal communications, including private emails, phone locations, web histories and so much more. All without our consent.
His courage changed the world. He sparked a global debate, changing laws and helping to protect our privacy. For the first time in 40 years, the US passed laws to control government surveillance. Globally, technology companies including Apple and WhatsApp are now doing more to protect our personal information.
None of this would have happened without Edward. Yet he’s facing decades in prison, accused of selling secrets to enemies of the US. With no guarantee of a fair trial in his home country, he is living in limbo in Russia.