Bill Gates says Edward Snowden Broke the Law; ‘He’s No Hero’

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

Recently reinstalled back at the top of the Forbes rich list, and with a special role as technology adviser to new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Bill Gates is back in the spotlight. The 58 year-old co-founder of Microsoft has given an extensive interview to Rolling Stone, in which he discusses Edward Snowden, Silicon Valley and God.

When asked if NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was “a hero or a traitor”, Gates had this to say: “I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of ‘OK, I’m really trying to improve things.’ You won’t find much admiration from me.”

“I actually wish we were having more intense debates about these things,” explained Gates. “We need explicit rules. If you were in a divorce lawsuit 20 years ago, is that a public document on the Web that a nosy neighbor should be able to pull up with a Bing or Google search?”

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