Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden


I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. President at @FreedomofPress.

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With the courts striking down the NSA's mass surveillance programs and crediting the 2013 revelations, And new laws having been written to curb abuse both at home and abroad, As people around the country and members of Congress call for pardon, How long should charges stand?

This 2014 story of the NSA and FBI using FISA warrants to spy on a slate of ordinary Americans--including a Republican campaign--was almost entirely ignored by major media at the time. Hard to imagine how differently it would be covered today.

Read this and tell me that the show trial of Assange doesn't read like something from Kafka. The judge permits the charges to be changed so frequently the defense doesn't even know what they are, the most basic demands are denied, no one can hear what the defendant says—a farce.

does this mean he made up his mind

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On the @11thHour  with Brian Williams, many were surprised to hear I sought pardon for #RealityWinner  and others, rather than myself. But the President can end the war on whistleblowers at the stroke of a pen—and should. Watch here:

Much discussion of former TI reporters' failings misses: 1) No reporter could have prevented Winner's discovery as the news source. 2) That doesn't require Winner to be "naive" (NYT) or "clumsy" (WP). It is heroism to prioritize the public's right to know over one's own safety.

I sat down with @joerogan  to talk about all the things that can and cannot be said -- and who decides them. From mass surveillance and my new book, Permanent Record, to deplatforming, police violence, and pardon, there's a lot here.

Domestic surveillance is alive and well. Use @signalapp  to protect voice and video calls (for free).

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Seven years ago, as the news declared I was being charged as a criminal for speaking the truth, I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them. And yet that day has arrived.

This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you.

Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the UK's secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of--like it or not--award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange's critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.

Speak not because it is safe, but because it is right.

Note: Gina Haspel participated in a torture program that involved beating an (innocent) pregnant woman's stomach, anally raping a man with meals he tried to refuse, and freezing a shackled prisoner until he died. She personally wrote the order to destroy 92 tapes of CIA torture.

Facebook: "This is their information. They own it" BBC: "And you won’t sell it?" FB: "No! Of course not." Please help this 2009 interview of Facebook's CEO get seen by people who don't use Twitter. Here's a download link so you can pull and repost it:

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as "surveillance companies." Their rebranding as "social media" is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.

No matter the outcome, #Brexit  polls demonstrate how quickly half of any population can be convinced to vote against itself. Quite a lesson.

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