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Hero. Traitor. Whistle-Blower. Spy. What to Call NSA Leaker Ed Snowden?

Before he was labeled a “hero” or a “traitor,” Ed Snowden, the intelligence contractor who leaked the details of a secret domestic data mining program, was called a “whistle-blower.”

The term “whistle-blower” has been used broadly by his defenders, including Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who first published documents provided by Snowden detailing the PRISM program to monitor the phone calls and emails of U.S. citizens.

“Every time there’s a whistle-blower, somebody who exposes government wrongdoing, the tactic of the government is to try and demonize them as a traitor,” Greenwald told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

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