Edward Snowden Supports Journalist Who Broke Story, Demands Arrest of UIDAI Officials

  • Edward Snowden Supports Journalist Who Broke Story, Demands Arrest of UIDAI Officials

Edward Snowden Supports Journalist Who Broke Story, Demands Arrest of UIDAI Officials

Today, American whistleblower Edward Snowden also came in support of Khaira and sharply disapproved the UIDAI for registering an FIR against the reporter. Meanwhile the most people pulled up the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), and demanded answers. Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who blew the lid off U.S. surveillance on phone and internet communications, also said the Indian government should reform its policy to safeguard privacy of its citizens.

He tweeted: "The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation". Edward Snowden stated that had if the Indian government was really concerned about justice they would have reformed the system that endangered the privacy of a billion of its own citizens. Want to arrest those responsible?

Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data.

Union minister for electronics and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that the administration was "fully committed to freedom of press" and that the FIR filed is "against unknown".

Former NSA analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden referred to the Aadhaar programme stating that the natural tendency of any government is to desire flawless records of private lives.

Indian journalists criticised the complaint against Rachna Khaira as "unfair, unjustified and a direct attack on the freedom of the press", while The Editors Guild of India said the case was "clearly meant to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter was of great public interest".

It then went and filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, specifically asking for a First Information Report to be filed against the agents mentioned in the story, as well as Khaira, the reporter and the Tribune.

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