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One year later: Four reasons Edward Snowden remains a polarising figure

Jaikumar Vijayan | June 6, 2014
Opinions about him are sharply divided one year after he began leaking details about the NSA's spying activities

The situation has given technology firms in Europe and elsewhere an opportunity to try and grab market share from U.S. companies, says Howard Schmidt, a former White House cybersecurity czar and executive director of the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code. Companies that have been struggling to compete with U.S vendors have suddenly begun playing up the trust issue in a bid to snatch away customers, he said.

While some have argued that blaming Snowden is akin to blaming the messenger for bad news, the continuing woes faced by technology companies further reinforce the idea among Snowden detractors that the leaks have, on balance, been harmful.

And as the episode moves into its second year, there remains a troubling fact: No one knows what other secrets have yet to spill out.

 

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