Whistleblower Snowden comes in support of journalist who reported Aadhaar story


Coming in support of the journalist Rachna Khaira for Aadhaar Breach story, American whistleblower Edward Snowden delivered a firm reproof to the Indian government on Tuesday for "destroying the privacy" of its citizens, said a media report.
Snowden said instead of prosecuting the journalist, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) should be penalised for the alleged leak, reported The Times of India.
"The journalists exposing the Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called UIDAI," Snowden said in a tweet mentioned the report.
UIDAI denied that the breach allowed access to millions of Aadhaar cardholders’ details and called The Tribune report a case of misreporting. It then filed an FIR against the newspaper and the scribe, adding that the action should not be viewed as one targeting the media or a whistleblower.

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