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Journo exposing Aadhaar leak merits award, not probe: Snowden

Press Trust of India  |  London 

American whistleblower today said the Indian journalist, whose report on alleged has led to lodging of an FIR, merits an award and not a probe for the work.

Snowden, a former (CIA) employee who blew the lid off US surveillance on phone and internet communications, also said the Indian should reform its policy to safeguard privacy of its citizens.

"The journalists exposing the #breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI," Snowden posted on

is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI), a statutory authority.

The Police has registered an "open-ended" First Information Report (FIR) on a complaint from over the report on alleged

"It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse," Snowden, 34, living in asylum in since 2013, tweeted in context of the Aadhaar issue.

The police probe in the Aadhaar story had attracted strong criticism from various and bodies, including The Editors Guild of which sought withdrawal of the case.

The yesterday said the FIR was filed against "unknown" accused and stressed that it was committed to "freedom of press" as well as to "maintaining security & sanctity of #Aadhaar".

Information and had tweeted that the FIR was "against unknown".

The also said that it was committed to the freedom of the press and will approach the newspaper and its for cooperation in the investigation of alleged data breach.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 16:45 IST