Edward Snowden joins the fight over national and personal security
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden came out on Wednesday saying he supports Apple’s refusal to follow a federal court order to aid the FBI in unlocking an iPhone that belongs to one of the San Bernardino terrorist suspects. Snowden tweeted out a message of support to Apple saying, “The FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around.” Snowden called on Internet giant Google to stand with Apple, saying, “This is the most important tech case in a decade.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a public stand in support of Apple in a series of tweets late Wednesday, saying “forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy” and would set a “troubling precedent.” Snowden has been living in exile in Russia to avoid facing prosecution in the United States for leaking government secrets. He joined Twitter last September. His Twitter profile reads: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.” He has found a receptive audience on Twitter. Twitter has positioned itself as a digital bastion of free speech and a core group of Twitter users oppose government surveillance and intrusion.