Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gushed over former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, calling him a “total hero” and saying he “gave up his life” to reveal the agency’s surveillance programs.
In a wide ranging interview with Arabian Business, Wozniak spoke about surveillance, hacking, privacy and security, in addition to Snowden. Wozniak was in Dubai this month for the Gartner Symposium, and when he was asked whether he thinks Snowden is a hero or a villain, he was unequivocal.
"Total hero to me; total hero," Wozniak said. "Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional."
In 2013, Snowden revealed classified NSA documents to reporters which exposed the controversial programs for the first time, leading to a public outcry about government overreach and violations of the US Constitution.