Edward Snowden answers your questions

On the Guardian right now NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is answering live questions from the world at large.

1) First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime. That's not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it.

Second, let's be clear: I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target. Not only that, when NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn't declared war on the countries - the majority of them are our allies - but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we're not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the "consent of the governed" is meaningless.

The whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history will be live online at 11am ET/4pm BST to answer your questions about the NSA surveillance revelations


  1. Their battlecry was, “The victory of the Light is all”, and they uttered it more frequently as their deeds became more of the Shadow than the Light.

  2. How has our planet not turned into a singularity because of this man’s massive balls?

  3. Here’s the part I’m not getting: They’ve been doing it for quite some time.  As early as 2006 if I read this correctly.  Yet things like what happened in Boston continue to happen.  I mean, what exactly are they looking for, and why aren’t they finding it?

    1. but but… “dozens” of terrorist acts have been averted [using this data] – or so we’re assured

      (“dozens, eh?  could we have some examples?”  “no.  that’s classified. ”  “hnh, so are you sure it’s ok for you to tell us it’s ‘dozens’?  perhaps it would be safer to say, ‘a whole bunch’?”)

      1. Rogers is a special one, ain’t he?  You can thank tea party madness for his rise to DC instead of being limited to infliclicing his asshatttery on just Michigan.

      2. It’s not terrorist “acts” that have been averted, it’s “dozens of terrorist events that [the data] has helped prevent. The weasel-word factor is left as an exercise for the reader, but it’s much greater than “the data averted terrorist acts,” whatever “acts” is supposed to mean there.

        1. What’s also interesting is that they say it’s “all over the world” instead of specific attacks against our homeland.  And, there’s no mention that spying on average Americans has accomplished a damn thing.

          Either way, I’d rather risk some personal safety than live as a slave in a police state.

          Now quasi-governmental corporatists can pluck our business secrets and easily set us up for destruction if we get in their way.  Ya know, all in the name of our “safety”.

          [cow backslaps Stuart Smalley and says “No, you really aren’t good enough, asshole”]

    2. I mean, what exactly are they looking for, and why aren’t they finding it?

      The are looking for more money and future funding.



      Daily Caller: So what are they doing with all of this information? If they can’t stop the Boston marathon bombing, what are they doing with it?

      Binney: Well again, they’re putting an extra burden on all of their analysts. It’s not something that’s going to help them; it’s something that’s burdensome. There are ways to do the analysis properly, but they don’t really want the solution because if they got it, they wouldn’t be able to keep demanding the money to solve it. I call it their business statement, “Keep the problems going so the money keeps flowing.” It’s all about contracts and money.

  4. The Q&A is now published and it’s a DAMNING rebuttal to many in the media and government that have been desperately trying to disparage this American hero.

    For example, a mindless, clucking mainstream media talking point has been that Snowden lied about his salary.  Snowden addressed that crock of shit head on and destroyed it.

    I also love how he set straight idiots who keep saying that Manning and Wikileaks simply “dumped” their data.  Yet another bullshit mainsteam talking point that takes a deep knife to the throat.

    Also, the mainstream has been trying to convince us all that Snowden is a high school dropout idiot.  When you read how articulate and informed he is (far above mainstream media pundits) along with his reasoned approach to his choice of escaping to Hong Kong.. that throws yet more of their propagandist bullshit out of the window as well.

    Every American needs to read this interview NOW.

    This IS war and it’s just starting.  Much more damning information is on its way.  The corporatist lie machine is in full gear but they can’t stop this flood that’s coming…

    Expect us, motherfuckers.  You’re reaping what you sow.

  5. This guy is a total badass and another hero of the 21st century along with Manning, Assange et al. I very much appreciate his notion that human rights don´t exclusively apply to US-citizens as well, since the usual “no Americans were harmed” retoric in US mainstream media has been bugging me forever.

  6. The American people are in a no-win situation. If by some miracle the government rolls back its domestic spying program, the next time there is a terrorist attack, and there will be another one with or without PRISM, the first question everyone will ask is, “why isn’t the government doing more to protect us?”

    Then will come Patriot Act 2.0 and we’ll be right back where we started — or worse.

    In Norway, after the terrible massacre in 2011, the government’s response was “more democracy, more openness and greater political participation.” In America, the reverse is true. We will have more checkpoints, more intrusive security, and less personal liberty. And a majority of us will accept this willingly as long as our lives remain comfortable.

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