Editor's note: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, in an essay for the New York Times, says Wikipedia is filing suit against the NSA because 'a fundamental pillar of democracy is at stake: the free exchange of knowledge and ideas.' His essay is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/opinion/stop-spying-on-wikipedia-users.html - Tom
Edward Snowden, a former CIA and National Security Agency employee, released classified material on several secret NSA programs, including the PRISM surveillance program, to the Guardian, The Washington Post and The New York Times in 2013.
Snowden has said the motive behind his leaks is "to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them." - The Guardian