Daniel Ellsberg Discusses Snowden's N.S.A. Leak

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In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg was a military analyst working for the Department of Defense. He leaked what became known as the "The Pentagon Papers," which exposed that the U.S. public had been misled about the war in Vietnam.

Ellsberg explains his support for Edward Snowden, who leaked the N.S.A.'s internet and phone data collection, and examines the similarities between his own leaking of state secrets over 40 years ago and Snowden's actions this week.

Ellsberg has a unique perspective on the N.S.A. leaks given his experiences, but are the the American people as sympathetic to Snowden or as troubled by the revelation of the data surveillance system?

The Takeaway partnered with YouGov to run a nationally representative poll which shows that more than 60% of Americans feel they have very little or no control over their personal data. When it comes to Snowden, more than 50% have a favorable or somewhat favorable opinion. So favorable, in fact, that only 26% of people would support his prosecution.

How well do you trust large Internet companies to protect your online privacy?


If "data" is the content of an email, "meta data" is information about the "data" for example, the identity of the recipient and sender and the time, date, duration and location of a communication. Do you feel like you have a reasonable amount of control over who can access and use your personal data/ meta data?


Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee, made the news recently for leaking information of government surveillance on Americans, including monitoring internet usage and telephone records, to the press. What is your opinion on Snowden, if any?


Would you support or oppose the prosecution of Edward Snowden for leaking the information? An extradition order has not yet been issued for Snowden, who was last seen in Hong Kong.


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Fieldwork: 11th - 13th June 2013