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Monday, December 9, 2013

Snowden: He's Da Man

No, it's not me, or even Glenn Greenwald, who is saying Edward Snowden is "hands down" this year's Person of the Year.  It's the estimable John Cassidy of The New Yorker.  Time magazine has named its 10 finalists, ranging from the Pope (another good choice) to Miley Cyrus. Cassidy:
According to Time, its award, which will be bestowed on Wednesday, goes to the person who, in the opinion of the magazine’s editors, had the most influence on the news. By this metric, it’s no contest. In downloading thousands of files from the computers of the electronic spying agency and handing them over to journalists like Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Barton Gellman, Snowden unleashed a torrent of news stories that began in May, when the Guardian and the Washington Post published a series of articles about the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities. Seven months later, the gusher is still open. Just last week, we learned that the agency is tracking the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of cell phones, gathering nearly five billion records a day.
It’s not just here in the United States. Snowden’s revelations are still causing ruptures and generating headlines all around the world....

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