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Locals React To NSA Whistleblower's Identity Reveal

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SALISBURY, Md. - The source that leaked the top-secret documents about the National Security Agency programs, allowed The Guardian and Washington Post to reveal his identity yesterday.

Edward Snowden insisted the big reveal after he fled to Hong Kong. In his original interview with the newspapers, he expressed concern how innocent Americans could get caught up in the NSA's data collection program.

"Even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded. I'm sitting at my desk and certainly have the authorities to wiretap anyone," Snowden said.

Some top leaders said Snowden put national security at risk, while other said there's no danger in letting the public know. For the locals in the area, people had many different viewpoints as well.

"He could have done it differently. I think he made a big splash out of nothing and frankly got himself into more trouble than he could have," said Lou Connelly of Salisbury, Md.

"He's just looking out for his country, and I think we should all keep any eye on him," said Erinn Cook of Willards, Md.

A journalist from The Guardian reportedly said that Snowden fled to Hong Kong because he did not feel he would get a fair trial in his home country. However, the United States has an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, which could determine if and how Snowden is handed over to American authorities.

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