Scenario-Based Ethics

22Jan 2022 by

Scenario:
Most of you have heard the name “Edward Snowden”. Edward Snowden was working as a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA) when he released classified documents without prior authorization.  According to Snowden, one of his motives behind releasing these documents was to expose ‘surveillance state’.
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/edward-snowden-discloses-u-s-government-operations
Snowden’s revelations exposed  that the NSA was actively monitoring private conversations, but he also leaked a large number of other classified documents. A quick search on google with his name will provide you more information.

Did Snowden do the right thing? Could he have taken a different approach to achieve his goal?  (10 points)
Which ethical framework would you would apply to the issue (as to why and why not) and how you apply them? (5 points)