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Views on Snowden: Quotes on leaks and liberty (pictures)

From Hillary Clinton to Steve Wozniak, here's what supporters and critics have to say about Edward Snowden and democracy.

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Views on Snowden

Edward Snowden is seen by some as a champion of democracy and by others as an enemy of the state.

The former NSA contractor leaked classified information in 2013 that led to a series of news stories revealing surveillance programs used by the US and UK to scoop up vast stores of user data and communications off the Internet. His actions have been described as a public service and as treason.

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John Cassidy, Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffery Toobin and John Cassidy on NewYorker.com.

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Keith Alexander

General Keith Alexander on ABCNews.com.

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Jay Carney

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on ABC News.

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James Clapper

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on ArsTechnica.com.

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Hillary Clinton

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on TheAtlantic.com.

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Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Politico.com.

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John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on NBCNews.com.

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Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and open source advocate, on CNN.com.

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Steve Wozniak

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on ITP.net.

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Michael B. Kelley

Journalist Michael B. Kelley for Business Insider.

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Eric Holder

Former US Attorney General Eric Holder on CNN.com.

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