Snowden's robot promises more revelations

Snowden's robot promises more revelations

Summary: Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has emerged from his Russian exile in the form of a remotely controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programs.


The face of Edward Snowden appeared on a screen as he manoeuvred the wheeled android around a stage at a TED gathering, addressing an audience in Vancouver without ever leaving his secret hideaway.

"There are absolutely more revelations to come," he said. "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who has been charged in the United States with espionage, dismissed the public debate about whether he is a heroic whistleblower or a traitor.

Instead, he used the conference organised by educational non-profit organisation TED to call for people worldwide to fight for privacy and internet freedom.

Internet creator Tim Berners-Lee briefly joined Snowden's interview with TED curator Chris Anderson, and came down in the hero camp.

When Anderson posed the question to the TED audience, the idea that Snowden is a force for good met with applause.

"Hero patriot or traitor; I would say I am an American citizen just like anyone else," Snowden said. "What really matters here is the kind of government we want; the kind of internet we want."

He said he was inspired to pass a huge trove of NSA files to reporters when he saw US spying tactics going too far and intruding into the private data of millions of internet and telephone customers.

Snowden argued that if he had gone to the US Congress with his concerns, he would have risked being "buried along with the information".

Snowden instead urged the "adversarial press" to challenge government and ignite public debate "without putting national security at risk".

Topics: Security, Government, Privacy

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  • Funny

    Ask the Ukranians about his hosts. Anyone starting to figure out that he is doing EXACTLY what his hosts want - keeping the West's knickers all up in a knot while Putin gets bolder and bolder. Oh, and the REAL spies are not fazed one bit. Hmmm.
    • constitution

      If the USA hadn't branded him a criminal for attempting to uphold their constitution he wouldn't even be in Russia
      • Note...

        ...that he was on an flight to Hong Kong when the first disclosures were made (not exactly courageous).

        The US Justice Department has a duty to enforce the law and what Snowden did is definitely illegal. Would you like to propose some changes?
        John L. Ries
        • Yes, he knew what he was getting into

          Snowden signed an agreement that required him to not divulge secrets, as do all people who apply for a security clearance. He also attended often fun short movies concerning famous spies of the past -- and what eventually happened to them. I only had a Secret clearance, so Snowden's Top Secret clearance probably had even more hoops to jump through. From what he said, he applied for the job with an intent to divulge secrets; he was not some innocent who was thrown into terrible circumstances.
          • agreements

            You can't be held to an agreement that asks you to cover up a crime.

            Snowden had a LEGAL duty to show that the NSA were breaking the law.

            If you are arguing that the NSA didn't break any laws then fine, we can debate that, if you are not arguing that then the real question is why is the Justice department not bringing the NSA to justice?
          • The NSA is an agency, not an individual

            Are there some specific NSA employees that you think should be prosecuted? If so, on what charges?

            And I'll again note that Snowden fled the country before the very first disclosure was made. He could have stayed in Honolulu, hired a lawyer, and dared the US Attorney to prosecute him. He didn't. If he really thought his acts were legal, he should have.
            John L. Ries
          • Gotta love these armchair attorneys

            "Snowden had a LEGAL duty to show that the NSA were breaking the law"

            Since you are not a lawyer (in your case, solicitor or barrister), you have no clue what a legal duty is.

            And since you've never had a security clearance in the U.S. -- or anywhere, I'll wager -- you have no clue what the legal requirements of it are.

            "the real question is why is the Justice department not bringing the NSA to justice"

            I answered that in my first post, but all you can do is spout the same old nonsense.
          • ?

            you've not mentioned the NSA in any of your posts. All you do is talk about Snowden. Nothing Snowden has done affects the answer to the question: did the NSA break the law?

            btw, the NSA themselves reported that they broke the law 2700 times in 2011/2012

        • NSA

          you don't think the NSA broke the law?
  • Don't know if he's doing exactly what his hosts want...

    ...but it would be stupid to offend them when he has nowhere else to go except home. And it appears he's acting accordingly.
    John L. Ries
  • Snowden might as well be working for RT

    Snowden said "What really matters here is the kind of government we want; the kind of internet we want."

    The kind of place where child porn purveyors can trade their wares without worrying about prosecution.

    Russia is playing him like a fool, stroking his ego to keep the goods coming. Let's award him the Walter Duranty / Joseph Davies prize.
    • Question:

      Is that the kind of Internet that you want? I'd say not.

      Is the mass spying program REALLY catching purveyors of child porn? How many terrorist threats and drug cartels have been thwarted in this time? I don't honestly know, but given that they have to filter through everything from "LOL" to "What's for dinner tonight?" and every other normal human conversation that takes place over the phone, in text messages, emails etc., I'd say the number is low to the point of being statistically insignificant.