Statement From Edward Snowden

The German magazine Der Spiegel published a statement Sunday from Edward Snowden that it translated from English to German. Snowden has provided the ACLU with the original English text:

"In a very short period, the world has learned that some intelligence services operate unaccountable and occasionally criminal dragnet surveillance programs. While the NSA and GCHQ appear to be the worst offenders, we must remember that mass surveillance is a global problem and needs global solutions. Such programs are not just a threat to privacy, but to free expression and open societies. We must not allow the existence of spying technology to determine political policy; we have a moral duty to ensure our law and values constrain surveillance programs and protect basic human rights.

"Society can only understand and control these problems through robust, open, and informed debate. In the beginning, a few governments, embarrassed by the revelation of their mass surveillance systems, engaged in an unprecedented campaign of persecution to suppress that debate by intimidating journalists and criminalizing truth-telling. At that time, the public had no ability to measure the benefit of these revelations, and deferred to the judgment of government regarding the wisdom of this decision, but today it is clear that this was a mistake, and such action does not serve the public interest. The fruits of the debate they sought to avoid are now being enjoyed in countries around the world, and the beneficiary of this new public knowledge is society.

"Individuals have a civic responsibility to fight the suppression of information regarding matters of critical public importance. Telling the truth is not a crime."

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Anonymous

I do not see that Snowden had any interest other than his own. I believe Civil Liberties are very important and should be our top concern. People who have no alliegance to the USA, have different criteria to be judged by. Being anti-American is not in the best interest of the American public

Vicki Bee

Yeah, well the only way YOU found out about it was to commit a crime in order to obtain the information.
How the hell does that make you "the great, wonderful hero of our Century" that everyone's calling you?
If I murdered someone, who killed someone else, I don't think people would be able to call me a hero. And if I hacked into government information where I didn't belong in order to expose some bad people I don't think I could be called a hero.

My husband died in Tower 1, not knowing why or even WHAT was happening to him. Nobody's ever called him a hero, but they call the people from Flight 93 who had a whole HOUR to figure out what was going on heroes.

Americans create heros out of absolutely nothing while ignoring OTHER people who might REALLY be if not a hero at least dignified in their dying process.
The last words he said were not for himself. He was upset that his daughter was going to be devastated if he couldn't get out alive, it's all he cared about and the last word he said was her name.
Nobody else finds the fact that he died very heroic and one person - who worked at the 9/11 Mental Health crisis line in New York City - told me that the way Eric died was "something to be ashamed of." But I bet that same person would call Edward Snowden some big-ass heroic superman figure.

I'm glad we found out about Big Brother, but I'm not going to pretend that people didn't know it was happening decades before Snowden came along.
He's not a living God. I'm tired of everyone acting like he is.

Anonymous

Beautifully said by Mr. Snowden to whom I am very thankful for his services to American society.

Anonymous

Stay in Russia, your better off. At least in Russia, or Cuba, they tell you, "Don't criticize the Government" in the US we supposedly have the first Amendment protection, but we don't. Just file a FOIA that exposes the DOJ tampering with another agency's (regulatory agency) FOIA process.
Elkins v FAA, 8:12CV 2009, US District Court, Tampa

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