Top 49 Influential Men: Edward Snowden 20

November 06, 2013 AT 1:21 PM
Is he a hero or a traitor? No matter what camp you fall in, it's impossible not to acknowledge the impact Snowden's revelations have had on our society. The U.S. government practices he exposed opened the doors for a conversation on privacy in the age of terrorism, and Snowden's subsequent search for asylum turned into a diplomatic crisis internationally, souring already-strained relations between America and Russia. Though he is safely ensconced in Russia for now, Snowden is sure not to disappear from the world stage.