Edward Snowden, the guys who is being hailed as a hero by some for blowing the whistle on the NSA for allegedly planning to initiate a program to monitor the phone records and Internet activity of Americans, now has a Crowdtilt crowdfunding campaign to reward him for his “courage” and pay his bills.
The campaign doesn’t reveal how the money will be delivered to Snowden, and it is now being questioned by many about the donations constitute aiding an enemy of the state. According to TechCrunch, the campaign was started by Facebook employee Dwight Crow with $1,000 of his own money. The description explains:
“We should set a precedent by rewarding this type of extremely courageous behavior. It’s definitely apparent that legal fees may soon be a big part of his future, but I don’t care how he uses the funds raised, whether it’s for a business-class trip to Iceland or just to pay his hotel bills, it’s a reward that I believe we shoudl [sic] band together and provide him with.”
Snowden leaked the details of the NSA plans to The Guardian which he also asked to reveal his identity after he leaked to the British paper and The Washington Post. He leaked details accompanied by documents of the NSA programs, he says he’s currently holed up in a Hong Kong hotel, choosing the city because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent.”