Heroes or Traitors, a New Generation of Whistleblowers Is Here

Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are not on the same level as Daniel Ellsberg and Deep Throat.
2:22 | 06/13/13

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One -- by now most people know that this man Edward Snowden came forward over the weekend as the whistle blower who leaked information to the press -- -- top secret government surveillance program. Some of called the -- the most important in American history on par with other leaker is like deep throat in Daniel Ellsberg in the 1970s. Board also makes this week stand -- its students -- and -- he's 29 and a low level contractor. In contrast deep throat whose real name was mark felt. Was 59 in the FBI's number two when he leaked the information to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in 1973 that broke the Watergate scandal. Daniel Ellsberg was forty years old and -- high -- Defense Department consultant. When he leaked the Pentagon papers to the New York Times in 1971. Changing the course of the Vietnam war in the process. Bradley Manning was 22 years old -- an army specialist when he handed 700000. Documents concerning America's wars and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks in 2010. Manning and Snowden are part of a new generation of lakers who were younger and tech year. And lower ranking than their predecessors. Call them. Whistle blowers 2.0. The tools at their disposal or more technologically advanced for obvious reasons but here's a look at whistle blowing tools. Then and now. Reporter Bob Woodward would move a flower pot and balcony to signal deep -- that he wanted to meet. And went deep throat wanted to meeting the secret formula which -- -- twenty and Woodward's daily copy of the newspaper. Daniel Ellsberg stayed up all night -- batches of the 7000. Pages of secret documents and later became known as the Pentagon papers. The papers revealed that the American public had been continually misled about the Vietnam War and open a new chapter in American skepticism about government secrecy. By contrast Bradley Manning and Edwards Snowden -- holds the top secret information at their fingertips from their own computers. Manning sent the files to a secure Dropbox that we keep that set up online. And -- contacted the guardian and the Washington Post from Hong Kong via encrypted messages using the code name. Barack. Call them heroes are -- these millennial whistle blowers are over share. Good representatives of their generation. Who may go down in history as the first tech savvy leaders.

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