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    Today I listened to a newish interview with Edward Snowden with the German publication DeutschlandFunk:

    Quote Edward Snowden im Dlf-Interview
    Was wäre die Gesellschaft ohne Whistleblower?

    2013 ging Edward Snowden mit geheimen Dokumenten an die Öffentlichkeit, die eine massenhafte Überwachung durch US-amerikanische Geheimdienste enthüllte. Im Dlf kritisierte er, dass es für Quellen investigativer Recherche immer schwieriger werde. Sein Leben im Exil zeige, welche Konsequenzen die Entscheidung mit sich bringe.

    Edward Snowden im Gespräch mit Stefan Fries und Stefan Koldehoff
    Here: https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/edwar...icle_id=458854

    The interview itself is in English (while the article is in German)

    Regardless of whether or not one feels that Snowden is someone’s instrument / operative or what one thinks of the efficacy of his technical advice and solutions in avoiding surveillance, this is an interesting discussion.

    Snowden speaks about his recently published book, which includes both his story and also the broader contact against which his story is set. He speaks of the rise of a “sinister authoritarianism” and discusses laws brought into play in various countries that allow bulk surveillance.

    Overall, an interview which is worth watching for the discussion of the broader context of surveillance, control and power.

    Source: Watch on Vimeo

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    US sues Snowden for violating 'CIA & NSA non-disclosure pact' with his new book, but it also wants the proceeds

    Published time: 17 Sep, 2019 17:23
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    Edward Snowden speaks via videolink as he takes part in a discussion about his book "Permanent Record", Berlin, September 17 © Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

    The US government has filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, alleging that his newly-published memoir 'Permanent Record' violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA.

    The civil lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, claims that Snowden violated these agreements by not sending a draft of the book to the spy agencies for review – and presumably redaction – before publication. It also alleges that the whistleblower’s public speeches on “intelligence-related matters” violated the agreements.
    Rather than pull the book from the shelves, the government wants to pocket all the earnings from its sale.

    “Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit,” said Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him.”

    However, with Snowden now living in asylum in Moscow, it is unlikely that he will face a jury unless he returns to the US voluntarily, as Russia does not assist the US with extradition. Unable to physically serve him with the suit, prosecutors have proposed serving him via his lawyer, his publisher, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he sits on the board.

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    U.S Attorneys in the Eastern District of VA propose three ways to serve Snowden in its lawsuit intending to block from from the proceeds of his memoir published today: his lawyer, his publisher, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he sits on the board

    7:38 PM - Sep 17, 2019
    The CIA and NSA subcontractor shot to prominence in 2013, when he leaked classified documents revealing massive domestic and global spying programs by the NSA and its ‘Five Eyes’ allies.

    Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he has been repeatedly granted short term asylum, on the condition that he avoid carrying out any activities against US interests.

    The US charged him under the antiquated Espionage Act, and if convicted, Snowden could face 30 years in prison. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the whistleblower-in-exile said that he would return to the US, but only if he believed he would receive a fair trial.

    "I'm not asking for a parade. I'm not asking for a pardon," he told CBS News. “What I'm asking for is a fair trial. And this is the bottom line that any American should require."

    Snowden insists that he never took an oath of secrecy, but an oath to defend the Constitution "from all enemies, foreign and domestic."

    Precluding a return to the US, Snowden has applied for asylum in France. The request found favor with the country’s Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet, who said over the weekend that France should stick “to our strong principles on immigration,” meaning that “we must accept asylum seekers.” French President Emmanuel Macron’s office later disavowed her remarks, however.
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