Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked intelligence about the security agency’s surveillance activities, has broadcast a Christmas message to the world. This is the first time he has made a public statement and it was aired as the “Alternative Christmas Message” on the UK’s Channel 4 network.
In the 1 minute 43 second video, Snowden spoke about the erosion of privacy in the world and that there was a “concert of governments” that has created a worldwide surveillance network. He goes on to state that a child born in today’s society will never know anything about privacy and that this was what writer George Orwell warned us about.
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He calls for both the public and government to work together in order to restore privacy, end mass surveillance, and find that perfect balance: “Asking is always cheaper than spying”.
You can view the entire message on Channel 4’s website here, but be warned that you’ll need to register before actually viewing it.
Update: The Desk’s Matthew Keys has posted a copy of the Channel 4 video on YouTube. It is embedded below.
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