Edward Snowden, speaking from hiding in Russia to German TV station ARD, discusses the threats against him by anonymous US officials and the wider responses to his revelations of major violations of human rights by the NSA and the national security state.
Snowden reveals seeing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lying to Congress was the point at which he realised it was his duty to blow the whistle on the secret intelligence operation to gather all electronic information on everyone.
The documents released by Snowden expose what can be described as a Orwellian plot by the intelligence services to extend the reach of the state into everyone’s personal lives.
Snowden, who is ex-CIA and ex-NSA, is a whistleblower par excellence and deserves the support of all those who value freedom. James Clapper and the NSA, on the other hand, have been pursuing a scheme which puts the Stasi to shame – and the sooner they are properly held to account for their wrongful actions the better.
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