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As most of you may know, Edward Snowden is trying to escape US justice. Some friends defend what he did because the government should not keep information from the people and that Snowden did the right thing in revealing the States secrets because they were against liberty. Others claim he should be extradited simply because he broke the law and that States needs secrets in order to function.

So, in a Objectivist point of view, what do you think? Were his actions morally justified? Should the government share all its information or it is allowed to have secrets?

asked Jun 24 '13 at 13:14

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edited Jun 24 '13 at 17:29

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It's hard to say without really knowing his full story, but it seems to me that he must have engaged in some serious evasion at some point to be a person who's against spying who decides to become a spy (or help spies, or whatever it is he did).

I think the only thing keeping me from condemning him is that we don't really know the full story.

(Jun 25 '13 at 21:25) anthony anthony's gravatar image

As an Objectivist, I think that if his accusations are true, he is a hero and those he accuses, the traitors. If his accusations are false, he is a traitor. And I'm far more concerned about the possibility that they are true.

answered Jun 24 '13 at 14:05

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Wouldn't that mean that if a person risks on finding out information on the government, it is only justified if the contents of such information are indeed in violation of rights? That's quite troublesome, I would argue, since the information is secret.

(Jun 24 '13 at 19:55) Juan Diego dAnconia Juan%20Diego%20dAnconia's gravatar image

The problem, it would seem, is how to perform the necessary check and balance on such activities being concealed of the public.

(Jun 24 '13 at 19:57) Juan Diego dAnconia Juan%20Diego%20dAnconia's gravatar image

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