I have recently watch award-nominated documentary Citizenfour.
The documentary shows how journalists worked with Edward Snowden to get his story out while trying to protect him from the U.S. government.
Snowden used to work for the NSA and knew that the NSA was illegally collecting information on residents of the United States.
The NSA made deals with companies like Verizon to have access to any action made via an electronic device, infringing on fundamental right of individuals’ privacy.
Snowden contacted journalist Glenn Greenwald and film maker Laura Poitras to inform them of the scandal.
The three of them met in a hotel in Hong Kong for more safety.
By divulging such information, Snowden and his family became exposed to a major threat from the American government.
This is when the principle of protecting a source comes into place.
Greenwald started telling about the scandal on TV and through the Guardian without revealing Snowden’s name.
It was crutial that the American government didn’t find him before he could be somewhere safe.
Snowden didn’t want to hide but him and Greenwald had to find the right time unveil his identity.
Eventhough Greenwald knew Snowden wanted to go public, Greenwald kept his promise to wait until Snowden was ready to name his source.
I think the whole story was made of great ethical choices. Despite the consequences, Greenwald chose to inform the American population of what was going on in the governement.
The documentary made it clear that Greenwald made sure that Snowden was telling the truth by asking for proof.
And he protected his source as much as he could.
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