Microsoft was one of the tech companies that was mentioned in Snowden’s leaked files for cooperating with the government in handing user data to the National Security Agency (NSA). Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone and was asked if he thought Edward Snowden was a hero. Gates said that Snowden did more harm than good.
“I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero.” said Gates in the interview. “If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of ‘OK, I’m really trying to improve things.’ You won’t find much admiration from me.”
Gates may have been biased because Microsoft was perceived in a bad light in the leaked documents. Microsoft was one of the first companies to hand over user data.