Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:32 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jun 12, 2013 6:33 PM
He is being both praised and ridiculed for releasing secret information about Internet surveillance programs performed by the NSA.
That information includes who you call, where, when and how long you're on the phone.
Snowden has gone underground, after leaking this top secret documentation about Internet and phone surveillance, and private investigator Ed Roy says that leak was only a matter of time.
"You know it's a well known fact in the intelligence community up in Washington and around the world that there's no such thing as a secret. The best thing that you can hope for is slow leaks. So eventually things will make it to the surface, and I think that's the important lesson that everyone that gathers information understands", says Roy.
The President of the Louisiana Private Investigators Association says with the advent of social media, many people don't realize the private information that they so easily make public.
Roy says, "Through Facebook, through online contacts through social contacts, and it's actually pretty easy to gather a profile on somebody."
With advances in technology Roy says it's becoming easier and easier for entities to gather your private information, whether you'd like them to or not.
The gathering of that information stems from the passing of the Patriot Act back in 2001, a bill UL Lafayette Criminal Justice Professor Chris De Lay says has been infringing our right to privacy for years.
"Some of the worst law that has ever been written in the history of the world. Fast legislation is garbage legislation, and this was one of the fastest bills passed through a Congress."
De Lay says in reaction to terrorism, the country has given up it's right to privacy, and the debate of the ends justifying the means will only intensify as the NSA whistleblower case continues.
"There's no privacy anymore", says De Lay.