In a recent article for “The Atlantic,” Harvard’s Yochai Benkler describes how whistleblowers like Edward Snowden are necessary to expose errors in large organizations. Therefore, Benkler argues, Snowden should not be punished while others reap the benefits of his risky exposure.
“[I]mmunity will be a strong statement to insiders that if the system has gone badly enough off track, and if public disclosure can lead to genuine benefits, then a conscientious individual can do the right thing.”
Yochai Benkler, Want to Reform the NSA? Give Edward Snowden Immunity, The Atlantic, Sept. 8, 2014.