Whistle-blower update: U.S. seeks Snowden extradition; WikiLeaker's Gmail searched | Security & Privacy - CNET News. I am of two minds about the disclosures of Government spying and hacking on the Internet and digital communications of American citizens. On the one hand, we expect our Government to do whatever is necessary to protect us. On the other hand, we don't want to lose our freedoms in the process. So, when Mr. Snowden revealed the activities of the U.S. Government, I had to acknowledge that his disclosures prompted a needed public debate. It is naive to believe that Governments don't spy on each other, and that they have done so since the beginning of Governments. And, China's crocodile tears about alleged U.S. cyber spying are laughable, considering the Chinese hacker incursions into the U.S. However, Mr. Snowden lost any sympathy from me when he hopped on a plane to another country to avoid capture. A man of principle would stand tall, and face the music, and accept the consequences of his actions. His fate, however, is not of interest to me. We need to concentrate on the public debate about the limits of Government surveillance and its impact on American citizens. It is a good thing we are having this debate. It could be the most important discussion of our lifetimes. Each of us needs to decide where we stand. I think I am leaning toward allowing domestic surveillance, if it can be conducted with serious checks and balances. Of course, as soon as I say that, my other voice says that view takes us down a slippery slope to tyranny.