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This article was published on December 30, 2013


Edward Snowden plans to be more active in the media in 2014

Edward Snowden plans to be more active in the media in 2014
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Edward Snowden Speaks To The GuardianYou’re likely to see and hear  more from Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on the NSA’s controversial spying techniques, next year, according to one of his advisers.

Benjamin Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union, an attorney working with Snowden, says we “can expect to see him engage a little more in the public debate” in 2014, now that Snowden feels his initial job of raising awareness of NSA techniques has been accomplished.

Wizner has also revealed that Snowden, who is currently based in Russia, would like to return to the US, but only if charges against him are dropped.

“He doesn’t believe that the cost of his act of conscience should be a life behind bars,” says Wizner. “There are lots of times when people violate the law and society decides for one reason or another to look forward rather than backwards. I think that this is one of those cases.”

➤ Snowden Will Speak More in 2014, Adviser Says [Wall Street Journal]

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