NSA PRISM Whistle Blower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'
For the past week, the Guardian and Washington Post have been reporting on some extraordinary revelations about previously secret massive NSA surveillance programs that invade the privacy of both Americans and those abroad. On Sunday, the whistle blower and source to the stories about the PRISM surveillance program revealed himself as 29-year-old Edward Snowden. This is his story, in his own words.
If You Had Edward Snowden's Proof — What Would You Do?
Published on Jun 14, 2013
Is Edward Snowden a hero or a criminal? A leader or a traitor? In this video blog, we explore key questions about government surveillance, terrorism, individual rights, and personal morality.
Edward Snowden, This 29 year-old analyst just gave up his whole life -- his girlfriend, his job, and his home -- to blow the whistle on the US government's shocking PRISM program -- which has been reading and recording our emails, Skype messages, Facebook posts and phone calls for years.
When Bradley Manning passed this kind of data to Wikileaks, the US threw him naked into solitary confinement in conditions that the UN called "cruel, inhumane and degrading".
The authorities and press are deciding right now how to handle this scandal. If millions of us stand with Edward in the next 48 hours, it will send a powerful statement that he should be treated like the brave whistle blower that he is, and it should be PRISM, and not Edward, that the US cracks down on.
We call on you to ensure that whistle blower Edward Snowden is treated fairly, humanely and given due process. The PRISM program is one of the greatest violations of privacy ever committed by a government. We demand that you terminate it immediately, and that Edward Snowden be recognized as a whistle blower acting in the public interest -- not as a dangerous criminal.
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