Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information about the National Security Agency's (NSA) extensive spying of U.S. telephone and Internet use, has been vilified by many in the mainstream media.
However, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently came out in support of Snowden whom he called a "hero."
During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Wozniak ripped the U.S. government for snooping into the private emails of American citizens.
“I think he’s a hero,” said Wozniak. “He’s a hero to my beliefs about how the Constitution should work. I don’t think the NSA has done one thing valuable for us, in this whole ‘Prism’ regard, that couldn’t have been done by following the Constitution and doing it the old way.”
Wozniak also slammed the often-repeated mantra "war on terrorism."
“I don’t think terrorism is war. I think terrorism is a crime. And by using the word ‘war’ we’ve managed to use all these weird ways to say the Constitution doesn’t apply in the case of a war. And I think Edward Snowden is a hero because this came from his heart. And I really believe he was giving up his whole life because he just felt so deeply about honesty, about spying on Americans, and he wanted to tell us.”
Wozniak also had harsh words for the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves warrants by the NSA for deep probes of Americans.
“Why do you set up a little private court? That’s like saying, ‘I need a warrant and I’m going to give one to myself.’ What it leads to is judge, jury, and executioner. It’s the same thing as lynch mobs,” stated Wozniak.
“If two companies, Microsoft and Apple, and built in PGP Encryption,” Wozniak concluded, “every email would have been encrypted and uncrackable.”
Snowden is currently stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport because his U.S. passport was annulled by the U.S. government on Saturday and the NSA leaker needs a passport to fly, reports RT.com.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused to extradite Snowden to the U.S.