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Edward Snowden, disaffected young American

Edward Snowden's idealism lacks political purpose.

By Matthew Wolfson  

Edward Snowden’s preferred moniker is Verax (“Truthteller”).He is known more generally as ‘‘the 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history.” He believes that “the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient state powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.” He rejects “a society that does these sort of things” as “not…

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