POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 5:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 8:38am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The man behind one of the biggest intelligence leaks in U.S. history comes forward, he's tied to the government's secret gathering of the phone and internet data of millions of Americans.
The top secret information was leaked to the public. That the U.S. National security agency was storing millions of American's phone records for government use. Even if they were never involved in criminal activity.
One East Texan KETK Spoke to says, “I'm not surprised." Another says, "I think there is a bunch of communist running this country and I think it's all wrong."
29 year old Edward Snowden shared the documents to a British news outlet. Many East Texan's applauded him for coming forward.
One East says, "People have a moral obligation to do something like that."
Another says, "I commend him for coming out, and i wish a lot of others would come out and stop being so wimpy and scared about it."
Others believe he shouldn't have said anything. "He should have probably abided by whatever rules he signed up for."
The argument by the N.S.A. these records are to protect American's and National security.
"There is a security situation that they have to deal with also, so I can see both sides of the situation on that."
This all steams from the patriot act that was established during the bush administration.
One East Texan says, "Congress should have been more aware of what they were passing and should have put more guidelines on the patriot act, and not just given them a cart block and let them do what they wanted to."
Some believe we can't have it both ways and our privacy should be compromised if it helps the greater good.
"We can't have the government not knowing anything about us, us being the good guys and the bad guys, and have protection too."
But all East Texans' KETK spoke with today say, the government should be more transparent.