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A jolt of pride and panic flashed through the Electronic Frontier Foundation when the first images of Edward Snowden appeared, showing a sandy-haired young man with glasses, a budding goatee and a bright red sticker on his laptop computer proclaiming, “I Support Online Rights.”

The sticker was part of the membership kit for EFF, a leading opponent of government surveillance, but one used to operating beyond the spotlight. Some of its leaders feared Snow­den’s public embrace would thrust it to the middle of a blazing Washington scandal just as the government was looking for someone to blame.

Friday, October 11, 2013
The Washington Post

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