Edward Snowden Speaks at SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via live video conference Monday to a packed audience at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

The former NSA contractor, who remains in Moscow living in temporary asylum, faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking thousands of classified documents to media outlets.

Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, spoke to Snowden from the Austin event along with Snowden’s legal adviser, the ACLU’s Ben Wizner.

The hour-long conversation was extensive and Snowden touched on a number of issues. He dispensed advice on how U.S. citizens can keep their web-surfing activities more private by using a free service called Tor, which encrypts web traffic. He also called on the technology industry to create more software and services that help guard individual privacy.

Snowden appeared to have no regrets about exposing the U.S. government’s surveillance methods.

“I took an oath to support the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was violated on a massive scale,” he told the audience.

The ACLU offered a live blog of Snowden’s talk on its website and the Texas Tribune’s website hosted a live video stream.

Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke at the SXSW conference in a similar manner on Saturday. Assange is living in asylum at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

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  1. I don’t like Mr. SNOWDEN, so he’s still a traitor. Not welcomed to this convention! Sorry.

  2. sammyglick says:

    Likewise, the same idiots who cheer Snowden, are seemingly fine with faceless corporations using your digital footprint to sell you more crap. So let me get this straight Snowden fans — it’s bad when the government uses your metadata to stop terrorist…but okay when Google and Facebook do it so they can help companies target their ads while you’re reading the newspaper online.

    So again, for all of you Snowden worshipers, it’s fine that Wal-Mart knows my Aunt Sally has a really bad cold (so they can tell me about a special on chicken soup) but it’s dangerous the government knows who is trying to build a dirty bomb in their basement from web-searches and phone logs.

    Yea, that makes a lot of sense. NOT.

    Snowden is a traitor. Period. End of story. If he was sincere in his outrage, he’d gone after the tech giants and faceless private data collection firms that know more about you than the government ever will.

  3. sammyglick says:

    I can’t believe the press is still giving this traitor a soapbox to spew his nonsense. What a loser.

    For all those still praise this moron, ask yourself why he went to the enemy for help. Why did he seek asylum in nations (China/Russia) where the government makes no attempt to hide the fact that they spy on their own citizens (who, in the case of the former, can’t even freely use the internet without the heavy hand of censorship).

    If Snowden really cared about ‘civil liberties’ he’d stayed in America and faced the music for his crimes against his employer. He’s not a ‘whistleblower’ because the Patriot Act was debated openly and freely. If he had a problem with it, as many Americans do, then advocate to change it. Just don’t go and STEAL national secrets because you want to be a martyr or hero.

  4. johntshea says:

    How nice that Mr. Snowden has found asylum in the freedom-loving Czar Putin’s empire…

  5. mikean23 says:

    Reblogged this on iFrontPage.

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