I have been having a debate with a good friend about the proper place in history for Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. In 50 years, what will people think about today’s whistle blowers? Heroes, traitors or something in the middle?
My contention has always been that a democracy can only exist when there is a free flow of information. Of course, some information must be kept secret in the interests of national security, but that should be kept to a minimum and always subject to review. It is okay to conceal, for example, a specific bombing target, but not to conceal that we have begun bombing a country.
See below for some of the Lies That Changed America: