Journalist who exposed flaws in UIDAI should be awarded, not investigated: Edward Snowden

In past, Snowden has said that Aadhaar database conceived by Indian government could be misused and abused. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2018, 06.05 AM (IST)

Whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke out in support of the Tribune journalist who did an investigative piece of people who reportedly easily accessed private Aadhaar data on WhatsApp.

Snowden said that the journalist deserves an award, not an investigation. 

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UIDAI has constantly denied reports of any Aadhaar data breach and called it "misreporting."

The FIR was filed by Unique Identification Authority of India, against the reporter Rachna Khaira after she did an investigative article exposing how Aadhaar details were being sold for a particular amount as low as Rs 500 on a Whatsapp group.

In the past, Snowden had said that Aadhaar database conceived by the Indian government could be "misused and abused."

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Edward Snowden is famously known for leaking classified information that exposed massive surveillance operation run by the CIA and has currently taken asylum in Russia.

Meanwhile, Ravi Shankar Prasad, electronics and Information technology minister also addressed the situation and clarified that the government is fully committed to the freedom of the press.

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