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Your local neighborhood peeping Tom.

Imagine that one day, a man appears on your doorstep. He introduces himself, and tells you that he is ashamed to say that he and another man have been spying into the neighborhoods windows at night. Viewing everything from family diners to explicit acts in peoples homes.

He tells you that he was initiated into peeping with this other guy who really got off on that type of thing, and was way into it. However, he quickly realized that this was wrong, and has since stopped the practice. He was hesitant to alert the community because he had sworn an oath of silence to the Peeping mentor.

He tells you that despite his oath, he feels it is his obligation to inform all the members of the neighborhood, that their private lives are not so private as long as the seasoned peeper is out there.

Now here is the question. Do you hate the guy for what he has done? Do you hate him for breaking his promise to the peeper? Do you hate him for informing you about the invasion of your privacy? Or do you thank him for being honest and bringing the subject to light?

This is the situation to consider when thinking about Edward Snowden.

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Wild animals are not tempted to bribe or extort.

Glad Edward quit the police department and got himself a productive job.

Free includes debt-free!

This is a horrible analogy

It's more like a census taker is being told to look into people's windows, and instead rats them out to the neighborhood before going into hiding.

I'm sorry you don't like it.

I thought it was pretty close to the reality of the situation. Every one of these CIA peepers knows what they are doing is wrong. So I can't really get behind the census taker analogy, but I am sad that I didn't nail it on the head for you. Sorry.

Though it was interesting

I mean, according to Snowden they often redistribute sensitive materials like nude photos to their associates. I'm not sure I understand how making the protagonist a census worker makes any more sense. Does it really matter who the peeping tom works for? Snowden worked for a contractor, right?

Anyway, it's always good to have different ways of changing perspective to resonate with your audience. This is important if we are to be apologists for Liberty.

Just a gov. worker

Who is hired to gather information. Seemed appropriate.