The man behind the NSA leak showing the agency was checking personal communications of US citizens is a hot button issue, and it's not just because of the nature of what he said out the government.

There is a serious divide regarding whether to characterize Edward Snowden as a hero or a traitor.

The host of WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning discussed the issue with author and blogger David Swanson.

Swanson is with RootsAction, who says, "Our country is in the midst of a struggle between the growing surveillance state and our precious civil liberties.  Now a whistleblower has boldly stepped forward to expose the National Security Agency's vast spying on our phone records and online communications."

He is also behind the website

Full interview from WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning: