Video and Transcript: Interview of Edward Snowden, man who leaked PRISM documents on NSA surveillance

Even though this is getting widely distributed, I will share this at my own little blog as well because I want to emphasize that every American adult should watch this or read the transcript.

This is an interview with the whistle blower who shared classified documents with reporter Glenn Greenwald. Edward Snowden spoke to Greenwald in a hotel room in Hong Kong where he has stayed holed up because his life is in danger. He fears getting “rendered” by the CIA or a contractor with the United States. What follows is the reason why he risks losing his own life in order to disclose what the NSA is doing:

“… you have to make a determination about what it is that’s important to you. And if living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think it many of us are it’s the human nature; you can get up everyday, go to work, you can collect your large paycheck for relatively little work against the public interest, and go to sleep at night after watching your shows.”

“But if you realize that that’s the world you helped create and it’s gonna get worse with the next generation and the next generation who extend the capabilities of this sort of architecture of oppression, you realize that you might be willing to accept any risk and it doesn’t matter what the outcome is so long as the public gets to make their own decisions about how that’s applied.”

Read the full transcript HERE.

More reading:

Prism Exposed: Data Surveillance with Implications for the World
Der Spiegel June 10
The Obama administration is spying on the entire world. Politicians in Germany are demanding answers.

Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America
by Daniel Ellsberg Monday 10 June 2013 06.30 EDT

17 minute video: Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald on Morning Joe
June 10

AP Editor: Do Not Describe Edward Snowden As A ‘Whistleblower’
HuffPo June 10
From an AP memo: Whether the actions exposed by Snowden and Manning constitute wrongdoing is hotly contested, so we should not call them whistle-blowers on our own at this point. (Of course, we can quote other people who call them whistle-blowers.)
A better term to use on our own is “leakers.”

Inside the ‘Q Group,’ the Directorate Hunting Down Edward Snowden
Daily Beast June 10
Details on the hunt for a leader are leaked by “U.S. intelligence officers”.
From a hotel in Hong Kong, he told The Guardian he expected he would never be allowed to return home and that he could end up imprisoned or murdered because of his decision to leak.

The latest top tweets on Snowden:

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