History's famous leakers/whistleblowers

POSTED: 08:27 AM PDT Jun 10, 2013    UPDATED: 06:24 AM PDT Aug 18, 2014 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he'll leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London "soon" after living there for two years to avoid extradition to Sweden. Take a look at Assange and other famous leakers/whistleblowers in recent history.

Edward Snowden
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The Guardian, Glen Greenwald and Laura Poitras

Edward Snowden - This former American intelligence contractor exposed the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs in June 2013 through documents leaked to The Guardian and The Washington Post. He revealed himself as the leaker after leaving the country, and federal prosecutors subsequently charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property. Snowden applied for and received asylum in Russia in July 2013. In an interview with NBC News, he also claims he was trained as a spy by the U.S. government.

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