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Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder: Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning 'Incredibly Courageous Patriots'

June 25, 2013

Ben Cohen, the co-founder of famed ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's, has officially joined the chorus of executives and activists voicing their support for two of America's most famous whistleblowers.

During a Tuesday AMA ("Ask Me Anything") discussion on Reddit, Cohen, who no longer owns the ice cream company, called both Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning "incredibly courageous patriots."

Snowden and Manning have gained notoriety for separate intelligence leaks -- Snowden for uncovering the National Security Agency's surveillance programs this month, and Manning for allegedly passing along classified defense information to the website WikiLeaks. (Manning, who was arrested in 2010 for his alleged offense, began his trial earlier this month.)


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