Edward Snowden

Whistleblower Edward Joseph Snowden is a US former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret US and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.

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Portrait detail of Edward Snowden. (Credit: Robert Shetterly / americanswhotellthetruth.org) Views
Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:15pm
How the National Security State Kills a Free Society
What follows is the content of an email ACLU supporters received from Edward Snowden this morning, one year to the day since The Guardian broke the first in a series of revelations exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. It's been one year. Technology has been a liberating...
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Vladimir Putin during the nationwide phone-in in Moscow. (Photograph: RIA Novosti/Reuters) Views
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:15am
Vladimir Putin Must Be Called to Account on Surveillance Just Like Obama
On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyze or...
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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 9:08am
What Europe Should Know about US Mass Surveillance
Common Dreams editor's note: What follows is a statement addressed to an investigative panel of the European Parliament looking into the nature and scope of U.S. surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency and its partner agencies in Europe. Subsequent to the statement are specific answers to written questions posed by the panel to Mr. Snowden. The original statement from which this was reproduced is available here as a pdf.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 7:06am
NSA Surveillance Is about Power, Not "Safety"
The following letter was published today in the Brazilian newspaper A Folha in Portuguese and this original text was provided via the Facebook page of Glenn Greenwald's husband David Miranda:
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:22am
The Work of a Generation
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's words were entered as testimony at the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee in Brussels on Monday. Jesselyn Radack of the US Government Accountability Project (GAP) and a former whistleblower and ethics adviser to the US Department of Justice, read Snowden's statement into the record.
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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:27am
What I Have Done Is Costly, But It Was the Right Thing To Do
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 7:17am
Letter to the President and People of Ecuador
The following is the full text of a letter by Edward Snowden to the President of Ecuador , Rafael Correa .
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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 7:13pm
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
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