Founder of the controversial WikiLeaks Julian Assange praised National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden for his “efforts” and called him a “hero” during a television interview on Sunday.
“He is a hero," claimed Assange. “He has told the people of the world and the United States that there is mass unlawful interception of their communications.”
“Without the will of Congress, without the will of the American people, you now have a state within a state. We have a transnational surveillance apparatus. No one signed up for this.”
While speaking to George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week, Assange shed some light on the fact why Snowden felt unsafe in his own country and fled after leaking classified U.S. intelligence information.
“Why is it that Mr. Snowden is not in the United States? He should feel that he should be afforded justice in the United States, but this situation is very similar to a situation that I face and my staff face.”
According to the Australian editor, Snowden is right to seek political asylum until he feels he would be afforded justice in the United States.
The interview was conducted just a couple of days after U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about his views on Edward Snowden in Senegal saying that he wasn’t going to “scramble jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”
Ever since the NSA whistleblower emerged (out of nowhere), a debate has sparked all over the world discussing whether Edward Snowden’s a hero or a traitor.
You can watch Julian Assange’s complete analysis on Snowden in the video above.