Edward Snowden – “Permanent Record” & Life as an Exiled NSA Whistleblower | The Daily Show


Edward Snowden, uh,
welcome to the show. -Good to be home. -Let’s jump
straight into the book, because I don’t know how long
you have in that secret hideout where you’re doing
this interview from. -Um…
-(laughs) It’s just my apartment
in Moscow. -Oh, okay.
-(laughter) Well, don’t tell us
where it is. I mean, I don’t want to…
I don’t… Don’t pull a Trump here, dude.
Come on. Um, some people call you
a patriot, right? Others believe that-that…
that you’re a traitor. Do you think this book will
change peoples’ perceptions, and what do you see yourself as? Well, when I-I-I…
I set out to write this book, I wasn’t trying
to change opinions. I was just trying to, uh, tell the story
of what has happened. Um, and when I’m looking at, like, the change of technology
and everything like that, the only way you can get people
to pay attention to something that has been in expert
conversation for so long, that’s so complex, uh, is
to give them characters, right? Um, so, yeah,
it’s the story of my life, but it’s actually about more. It’s a dual history of the change of technology
and the change of the intelligence community
over time. When people ask me
if I’m a hero or a traitor, uh, I say, “Look,
I’m-I’m just an ordinary person. I’m like you.” Whistleblowers
aren’t, uh, like… You know, we-we… we aren’t… um… elected. We’re not, uh,
exceptionally skilled. Uh, the-the thing that-that…
that puts us in place, the thing that makes, um, the disclosure matter
are-are the facts. It’s really about what you see,
rather than what you are. -So…
-Right. We’re kind of elected
by circumstance. Right, and one of… one
of the things you talk about in the book– in fact,
the first line of the book– is you say, “I used to work
for the government. Now I work for the public.” What does that mean? Well, I didn’t realize
there was a difference. Um, I-I grew up
in a federal family. My-my father worked
for the government, my mother worked
for the government, uh, in the-the courts
after she worked for the NSA. She actually still works
for the courts, uh, and they-they, uh… The government just sued me -on the day this book
hit the shelves. -Right. Uh, so you could say
it was… “born a crime.” -Um…
-(laughter) Touché. -(laughter)
-But, uh… (laughs) Yeah,
the-the nice thing about that, um, is the-the book was, uh,
not getting that much attention. It was, like, uh,
25 on the charts. And then, the government said, “You know, we don’t want you
to read this book.” Uh, they said, “God, sue Snowden
as fast as you can. Do anything you can.
Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!” And, uh, now we’re number one
basically everywhere. So you can say
the attorney general is the best hype man
that I’ve ever had. (applause) The… the attorney general
has come out and said that, like, you were supposed
to pass this book for review. So as somebody who’s worked
in-in, um… you know, in the defense space, as somebody who worked
with government secrets, you were meant
to submit this book to them. And they are saying
they would have passed it if you just followed the rules. Why didn’t you follow the rules? -(Snowden laughs)
-(laughter) Okay, well, first off,
I am a noted rule follower. -Um…
-(laughter) but, uh, while… while
they are technically right, uh, there’s no oath of secrecy. A lot of people think
there’s an oath of secrecy. There’s an oath of service,
which is not to the Agency, it’s not to the government–
it’s to support and defend the Constitution
of the United States against all enemies
foreign and domestic. But there is
a secrecy agreement, and that’s
what he’s talking about. It’s called Standard Form 312,
and it basically says: No, after I know all the secrets
and I know where the aliens are, um, I’m not gonna tell anybody
about it. Uh, however… if the thing that you see, uh,
in your secrecy agreement conflicts
with that oath of service, if the thing that you see
is that the government itself– the Agency itself– is actually violating
that Constitution, well, now you’re
kind of screwed. And then if you try
to explain what happened, and if you write a book
about how it happened and-and how we get out of it, and then you’re supposed
to send that book to the CIA and let the CIA kind of edit
your life story, would you do that? I would not. -I can safely say I would not.
-Me, neither. Right. Uh, where do people go… so then where do we go
from here? I mean, you-you became infamous
for spilling the secrets. You know, people now know
about mass surveillance. But now we live
in a world where, as you talk about in the book,
you know, surveillance has
so many levels to it. You have… institutions
that are surveilling us. We have private companies,
as you know, surveilling us. You see breaches from everyone,
you know, Equifax to Facebook. What can people do to protect
themselves and their data? Or is this something
that we should just give up? Well, so this is, you know,
a lot of people ask me this, and they want, like,
sort of the Edward Snowden operation security guide for,
like, how I would use a phone or how I avoid surveillance, but, guys, uh,
you don’t want to live like me. Um, you don’t want to have
ordinary people fighting an arms race against the most well resourced
intelligence services on the planet. You don’t want ordinary people
trying to out-engineer these technology companies
that are basically earning more money than anybody else
on the planet. Um, that’s not reasonable.
It doesn’t make sense. And then when we look
at what’s happening in Congress, Congress is like, “You know,
oh, we’ll pass some law.” By the way, the United States is one of the only
advanced democracies on the planet that doesn’t have
a basic privacy law. Right? Everybody’s like,
“Oh, we’ve got a privacy law, the Fourth Amendment.” Fourth Amendment’s
obviously very dear to me. That’s what I stood up and really burned my life
to the ground over. But the Fourth Amendment
only restricts the operations
of the federal government, the state government. It doesn’t do squat for you
against Google and Facebook. So they say
“data protection laws,” right? And we’ve had advances
since 2013– more communications
are encrypted; now you’ve got
encrypted messengers. We’ve got lots of ways
to be safe-er, right? But then when we talk about
what all these guys are doing and how they’re monitoring
all of us, um… they say,
“Well, data protection laws.” But the problem
with data protection laws is that it presumes
the data collection was okay. And that’s the problem. Um, as you might have realized, I was flipping through
your memoir before this, because that’s
kind of what spies do, -(laughter)
-um, and, uh, you wrote… you wrote
actually really movingly about something that struck me,
and it was kind of similar to one of the chapters
in my book. Mine was called “The Boy,”
and it’s about how I am, um, uh,
in my final position, working directly with the tools
of mass surveillance, I can see anybody’s e-mails, I can see what you’re texting
back and forth. You know, the guys that are
working left and right of me are turning their monitor
to show me nudes of the wife of one
of their targets, and, uh, they say, “Bonus.” Um… But then I see, uh, this picture–
it was actually a video– of a child in the lap
of his father. A-And the, you know,
it’s like a toddler, they’re smacking
on the keyboard. Um, and they don’t realize
what’s going on, but he kind of glanced
at the camera, and I felt
like he was looking at me. And this really shook me because when we talk
about surveillance, we’re talking so much
about an abstraction, -we’re talking about things
that don’t feel real. -Right. And when I was looking at yours,
you mentioned, um, buying a camera at some point. There were so many times,
you know, you get an electric razor,
it doesn’t really bother you. It doesn’t strike you
as anything criminal. -Right, but the camera
has something -But then… inside of it that contains
peoples’ memories -and their lives.
-Right. You realized
that it wasn’t a thing that had been stolen,
it-it was a memory. And that was in the context
of one person. I realized that the machine– I was a technologist
in the NSA– all of the different parts
that I’d been working with, all of the systems,
they had stolen and were stealing, not just
one person’s memories, they were stealing everyone’s,
everywhere, all the time, and they still are right now. A-And so I got up out
of the chair and, you know, I didn’t try to burn down
the NSA. I didn’t– I’ve published
zero documents. I-I gave them to journalists,
and there’s a long, complicated thing in the book
about how and why and where the lines are. Um, but I wanted not to say, “This is the way
the world should be.” I wanted to give it to you. I-I wanted to say,
“This is what’s happening.” And really, guys,
the question for you is, “How do you want to live?” We are, today, being used
against the future. We’re being used against
our children. Everything we do now
lasts forever. Not because
we want to remember it, but because we’re no longer
allowed to forget. So then when people
read this book, and people read through
the life of Edward Snowden, and-and what you had to do– as you say, burn down your life
to expose these secrets. Some might say, “Well, Edward,
why don’t you come back “to the U.S.
and then just fight, you know, the legal system,
and prove your case?” You know,
and you’ve said previously you can’t do that because
some of the information you need to fight your case
is something that they would not allow you
to use in court. But you-you are at a point now
where people know the name. You know, the book
is gonna be out now. Do you think you would take
your chances coming back to the U.S.
and hope that one juror would see your point of view? Or are you just living
in Russia now forever? Is that your life? No. This is, this is
a great question. My-My ultimate goal
will always be to return back
to the United States. And I’ve told the government,
actually, from year one, that I only had one condition
for returning, and that’s that I could get
a fair trial. Now, people go, “Oh, well,
what’s a fair trial? What does that mean?”
Um, and I-I think that’s actually not
that hard of question. There are two questions
that come up in this case. Um, one: Was the law broken? A-And that’s not actually, really particularly
the interesting question, um, because the law
in this case is simply: Was classified information
given to someone who is not authorized
to receive it? Which is basically
any journalist. It’s the public. It’s you. It’s everyone who did not know that their constitutional rights
were being violated, because that was the secret. Um, but there’s
another question there, which is, okay,
if the law was broken, was it justified?
And think about this. If you murder someone, you can tell the jury, “Well, they were trying
to kill me. It was self-defense.” The jury can go, “Well, yes,
they did break the law. -“Yes, they did murder someone.
-Mm-hmm. But it was justified.”
The government argues, um, that you…
there is no justification for telling a journalist,
no matter what. In fact, they forbid the jury from hearing
why you did what you did. You cannot voice this.
And don’t take my word for it. Just two days ago,
the day before my book came out, um, there is a whistleblower
by the name of Daniel Hale. He’s in U.S. prison right now. He was arrested for giving
documents that were classified to journalists
about the U.S. drone program. Extrajudicial killings. And the United States government
just filed– in the same court
that they’re going to charge me, the Eastern District
of Virginia– they just put in a complaint,
a filing before the judge that said,
“We demand that the court “prohibit the jury from hearing “and we prohibit the defendant “from saying
why he did what he did -because it’s irrelevant.”
-And that… Yeah. -And so you feel… -They said
the jury shouldn’t be distracted -with reasons.
-Right. So… I mean, that makes…
that makes a lot of sense. And so you’re in a… you’re in a serious predicament
right now. The book is gonna come out. Um, you know,
the U.S. government’s gonna fight not… for you to not get the money
from the book. They can’t stop the book
from coming out. Uh, but you are in Russia, where you’ve lived
for a long time now. You seem to be in good spirits,
which is interesting for someone who’s been
in Russia for this long. (laughter) -Like, what is that like? -Well,
they don’t have Taco Bell, -but they do have Burger King.
-Because, I mean, as someone who’s not a fan of surveillance,
Russia’s a weird place to be enjoying your life. -Is there something about Russia
we don’t know? -Yeah, yeah. -So, this is…
-Is, like… Is there… Are there, like,
cool spots in Russia that more people
need to learn about? -Is that where Edward Snowden
goes to chill? -At least… (laughs) So, Moscow is actually
a lot more like New York than you might think,
for good and bad there. Um, the problem is the politics
in Russia. The human rights record
of Russia are terrible. And a lot of people
don’t realize– and this is extensively covered
in the book– I didn’t choose to go to Russia. -Right. -I was en route
to Latin America. Um, the United States government
canceled my passport, and then, uh, when I was trapped
in the Russian airport… Uh, I spent 40 days
stuck in an airport because I wouldn’t cooperate
with the Russian authorities. I don’t know what the longest
layover you guys have ever had, but 40 days, uh… (laughs)
That was not the best part of the time I’ve spent
in Russia. Um, I applied for asylum in 27 different countries
around the world, places like France,
Germany, Italy, Norway. And every time they got close,
uh, to letting me come, the United States government would call, uh,
their foreign ministry, and it would be either
then the vice president or then the Secretary of State,
and they would say, “There will be consequences
if you let this guy in. “Doesn’t matter if it’s legal. “Doesn’t matter if the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights “says he has a right to seek
and enjoy asylum. “Um, there’s gonna be
consequences. “We’re not gonna say
what they are, but there will be punishment.” And so what I ask you guys is you would think, right,
former NSA, former CIA, like, the last place on Earth the government would want me
to be is in Russia. Why are they working so hard
to keep me here? And I think the reality is it’s just a convenient political
attack that will never go away. Well, you are truly one of the
most interesting human beings on the planet,
because you have lived one of the most interesting
lives on the planet. But one thing that
really struck me from the book is I think a lot of people
don’t realize how young and normal
you are and were before this happened to you. Like, you’re just a young guy
who, like, likes computers
and plays video games. -(laughs)
-And, like, I know that you-you
actually have to pirate games ’cause you can’t use
a credit card because then people
can track you. So, what–
like, what games are you– Are you, like,
a Fortnite person? Are you… -(laughs)
-Like, what-what games -does Edward Snowden play?
-I played… I-I played Fortnite recently. And, uh, I-I spent,
like, a week on it. And then I got really mad, because, like,
their matchmaking system, man. They-they just put people
who don’t know what the hell they’re doing in -with, like, the world’s
greatest pros. -(laughing) And I’m like, “Come on. Come–” I’m 36 years old, man. I can’t keep up
with these 12-year-olds. Well, you know what, man, I just want to say thank you
so much for your time. Um, the book is illuminating. Uh, I think everyone has
benefited from what you’ve done. Before you go though,
I do have one question, uh, to that r–
uh, to that regard. Do you think
you’ve made a difference? Or do you think
you’ve just been a big story? Like, is our data safer? Has the government
changed its tactics? Or was this all for nothing?
You know? Do you live in Russia
for-for nothing? There’s no question, um… And this is covered in the book.
It’s actually– The-the final chapter’s, uh, sort of an overview
of what’s changed. Um, there’s no question. The entire structure of the
Internet has changed since 2013. Uh, the world’s biggest
technology companies, good and bad for privacy,
h-have reengineered, um, the kind of protections
that we experience that you don’t even see, uh, simply because they realized
the government w-was sort of, -uh, going in, uh,
under cover of darkness -Mm-hmm. and helping themselves
to the buffet, uh, without anybody noticing. Our laws have changed. Our international standards
has changed. But the most important thing– and this is what I think
people forget– um, is you don’t look, uh, for some guy to come out of
a building a-and save the world. That-That’s not how life works. Um, what 2013 did, the most important thing
that no one can ever change, uh, is, before 2013, the idea of mass surveillance, people knew it was possible. There were technologists
and academics and people who suspected
this was going on. Um, but it was
kind of a conspiracy theory, because it was a suspicion. And that distance between suspicion and fact is everything in a democracy. That is all we have
in a free society, because we– if we can’t agree
on what is happening, how can we decide what we should do about it? Government in a democracy
derives its, uh, legitimacy from the consent
of the governed. And the biggest problem in 2013, uh, was that consent is only
meaningful if it’s informed. And they lied to us. Edward Snowden, thank you so
much for joining us on the show. Good luck in Fortnite. Permanent Record
is available now.

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72 thoughts on “Edward Snowden – “Permanent Record” & Life as an Exiled NSA Whistleblower | The Daily Show”

  1. FLCRM says:

    Snowden hides in Russia, in half year russia takes Crimea, start military operation in Syria later. They know now nothing to be afraid of.

  2. Joseph Delport says:

    1.5k dislikes -> Everyone in the USA's gov

  3. StigDesign1 says:

    LOL he and games at the end 😀 15:44 i suspected it since Enemy of state movie in what 98 ish? 🙂

  4. Chipp The Tripp says:

    #snowden ✌❤✊

  5. ひTexas says:

    You are being watched right now as you read this comment

  6. rising raisings says:

    Lol I kinda love this guy

  7. Joseph Kram says:

    I'm with Snowden!
    President Sanders 2020!

  8. robert lopez says:

    The government is not our friend . They do everything to kill us. As a stoner I don't even go to weed shops here in Cali anymore because they are putting things in our weed. As soon as I stopped I felt sick and cold! That is not normal marijuana! They are planning to mass incarcerate us! That is why they are tracking our phones . Like an automated police officer!!

  9. regoConker says:

    How about a protest?

  10. Alex Bitcoin says:

    The DEEP STATE loves Edward Snowden … isnt that curious?

  11. Armando Villamizar says:

    Omg this changed my life…. i dont believe a fuck

  12. Michael J says:

    This guy is a hero, hopefully, he can go back home with a fair trial one day and his sacrifice changed something beside ‘fact’ the suspicion z

  13. NightStalkerDNS says:

    Typical Trevor Noah of the US. Bullshit anti-Russian propaganda to always paint Russia as the boogyman. The US is far worse for the world than Russia ever was. You should know Trevor as a paid propagandist for the establishment. But at least you spoke to Snowden

  14. Mei says:

    What i like about this person is that he chose all of these things knowing he is giving up on everything that one could wish for just for the sake of revealing what's wrong what people don't know. He could only wish and hope that people take a next step towards this problem

  15. Abs D says:

    The people will think about this for about 5 mins.

    Post the mandatory Orwellian quote to show that you have read some Orwell book.

    Then go back back to giving away your private information by posting on FB and Instagram.

  16. glanceDup says:

    The way he phrased every sentence he uttered makes me want to buy said book.

  17. Leonardo DaVinci says:

    A True American Hero

  18. Nate says:

    trump joke within 30 seconds. oh good comedy central still making lazy jokes

  19. Big Teddy Bear says:

    Mos yt? N.

  20. Jason K says:

    "That distance between suspicion and fact is everything in a democracy. That is all we have in a free society. Because if we can't agree on what is happening, how can we decide what we should do about it?"

    Truer words haven't been spoken on national television in a long time. Take a moment to consider how that pertains to the American people.
    Blue Pill / Red Pill
    Pepsi / Coke
    Democrat / Republican

    I don't think the American government and/or people have been this polarized since the Civil War. It's kinda terrifying if you really think about it.

  21. Norma Snockers says:

    Snowden for president….. please….imagine that.

  22. Norma Snockers says:

    Can we as a community organise crowd funding for Snowy to run for President???? That'll fk'em.

  23. fuhjrvr says:

    Damm imagine getting pushed away for having good moral values. Fuck the us government

  24. fuhjrvr says:

    The real evil is the ones saying yes to war. Our men wouldn’t be on the front line if it wasn’t for those sitting back stamping a paper to declare war.

  25. fuhjrvr says:

    Everyone nowadays is so hsckable

  26. art lazono says:

    NSA just got NSFUCKED. Im not worth "anything" so there is nothing I need to hide. They cant "expose" anything of mine…Pics of my wife? go ahead and release them, she is hot. I do drugs. yes, and? I hate all Christians? yes, and? I dont have to work so Im not afraid. FUCK ALL SPIES, foreign AND DOMESTIC.

  27. Kaloyan Stoyanov says:

    People criticizing him are a bunch of cowards, who have no idea what it is to sacrifice your life in the name of the public

  28. Brad Young says:

    wow that last line really hit me

  29. noren717 says:

    First comment on YT.
    actually had to log in.
    who dfq is this joke holding this interview?
    Snowden was great of telling truth. But this joke who holds it? What a fucking jerk. Tries to be fun, and i guess americans(lower then 85IQ) likes it.
    Get Real

  30. Rick Noel says:

    I.think he has definitely made a difference in the people's minds,As to how privacy doesn't work.

  31. john smith says:

    The way he talks reminds me of Steve Jobs, SMART individual.

  32. Дмитрий Н. says:

    Where's the Wislblower? Here it is.

  33. Brian Revell says:

    This man should be considered a hero

  34. José Torres says:

    He's good. Playing video games and shit

  35. Epic Terry says:

    came here from the horrible CBS interview, this is so much better

  36. DojaShinobi says:

    Give this dude acid

  37. omar nabs says:

    i get that he's brave…. but what if he is meant to be in this position to flip Russia intelligent agencies .

  38. Sma 556 says:

    Breaking News: Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old
    Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White
    House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and
    former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped
    initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump
    campaign during the 2016 election. Joe Biden: Invited Ciaramella to
    state luncheon with Italian premier. Also invited: Brennan, Comey,
    Clapper. Further, Ciaramella left his National Security Council
    posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns
    about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA
    headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Also, Ciaramella huddled for
    “guidance” with the staff of House Intelligence Committee
    Chairman Adam Schiff, including former colleagues also held over from
    the Obama era whom Schiff’s office had recently recruited from the
    NSC. (Schiff is the lead prosecutor in the impeachment inquiry.) And
    Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative
    who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016
    election, inviting her into the White House for meetings, former
    White House colleagues said. The operative, Alexandra Chalupa, a
    Ukrainian-American who supported Hillary Clinton, led an effort to
    link the Republican campaign to the Russian government. “He
    knows her. He had her in the White House,” said one former
    co-worker, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.
    He is a Democrat hack.

  39. Mr Cyan says:

    can you please repost this video in a month on this channel and then in a month again and again until we feel annoyed please. so everybody get the
    important message out of this and a bit of what feels like the truth. please watch the hole thing and dont skip or end the clip because you get emotional. for me 1 of the highlight at 15:30 shod all unit us.

  40. timothy curlee says:

    Before Snowden there was William Binney. Watch " A Good American " for truly damning evidence of government malfeasance all for money. Binney had a computer program that would have stopped 9/11 before and NSA shut him and his staff down 2 weeks before the attacks but had stopped his work prior. Subsequently they ran the program after 9/11 to test and found all the connections that would have prevented the attacks. He was poisoned and is in a wheelchair now as your government tried to kill him

  41. Diwakar S says:

    Hey IMF is here to bring Snowden to US

  42. SOREN Koren says:

    Thumbs up, who reads this in 2084

  43. Yaacov says:

    40 days!?

  44. Jose Aguirre says:


  45. Joseph Fuller says:

    Edward, I did know you were watching me. Well, not you specifically, but I knew that I was under surveillance.

  46. Gabriel Klein says:

    This guy’s english is perfect

  47. Gabriel Klein says:

    At least he didn’t transform into a woman like Manning lol

  48. Freaking Global says:

    Mr Snowden, please talk about NED sponsorship over HK riot. Thanks

  49. Katie O'B says:

    Who is defining our right to privacy? Private information will get out. The US government traditionally managed information to ameliorate business. Now, we need new, more specific definitions of privacy, and for the government to delete stolen, private data as a matter of course, to a standard of reasonableness. Having lost a fundamental right, we need to strengthen others – the right to use cash, for example. Edward Snowden's thoughts on these matters might help revive forward movement. What do you think of the Fugio Cent, Edward Snowden? When do you think you'll be home on American soil again?

  50. Adam Vogel says:

    True Patriot… one of the worst things Obama did/didn’t do was pardon this man.

  51. Joanna G says:

    We love U Ed Snowden

  52. Benjamin Wright says:

    What are you guys even doing here? It's all extensively covered in his book, available now!

  53. The Methics says:

    I am going to play Fortnite day and night to be matched with Snowden –_

  54. Chris B says:

    Come back to the US. We need a good spy hanging.

  55. Vine Ramazani says:

    He deserves a medal 🥇

  56. 貝里沙海王星 says:

    This guy would be a much better president than what we have right now

  57. Darth Tater says:

    The only traitors are those justifying the Illegal actions of the government , it is your civic duty to make sure the government follows the constitution and to not allow them to edit it as they please

  58. Amanda Escobar says:

    Will Edward ever be a free man in America?

  59. Esha Wilson says:

    I love you Edward, you are a hero.

  60. Travis French says:

    SNAKE IN THE GRASS, people hate her because she is a liar, flip flopper, and master manipulator…..and no I am not a Republican

  61. Awoken Minds says:

    Yes he’s made a difference, we know at least

  62. barrel dreamz says:

    I'm stating the obvious here but I just went down and Edward Snowden rabbit hole because of the podcast with Joe Rogan and Joe Rogan's just the best interview or there is. Because his interest are so close to mine and he seems to ask all the questions that all of us really want to know. I love Joe Rogan and it really made me have a profound and deep respect and admiration for Edward Snowden. I did before but after seeing how he handles the pressure, I mean how can you not admire a guy like that?

  63. Mike says:

    The next president should Pardon Snowden, though he knows he could never return safely to the USA because of the bad actors in the shadow government who want him silenced. Still, he's an American hero who sacrificed everything to do what's right.

  64. Richard Mendez says:

    He is being sued so that he will never see any money.

  65. Dorothy Campbell says:

    Thats ma nigga
    He iight
    Was in the dark
    Be he informed

  66. milan divecha says:

    Just fell in love with Edward Snowden

  67. Michael Lucas says:

    I've listened to Edward speak in quite a few forums. I have read some of the documentation he leaked. All these years later, I can say with some intelligence and certainty that Edward Snowden has more integrity than any politician I have witnessed in my lifetime. He quite is very literally the very definition of a patriot. I feel shame, as an American citizen, that my government has put him in this position, using the utterly outdated and unamerican espionage act. I am disgusted with the Bush administration for using a moment of national terror to rush through legislation that allows the government to spy, illegally and unconstitutionally on American citizens. I was could not have been more disgusted with President Obama for abusing his position of power, and instead of correcting this terrible abuse of power by the government, he expanded it. And just to make sure that anyone paying attention knew just how little regard Barack Obama had for the constitution and for doing the right thing, he refused to pardon Edward Snowden. If you haven't really paid attention to what he did for you and me, and what upholding his oath to the constitution ultimately cost him, then I think at the very least, you should take an hour or so and educate yourself as to what your government did, and is still doing, illegally and without your knowledge or consent, by going to the link here, and listening to this interview. It is really interesting, and very informative. Judge for yourself if Edward Snowden is a patriot.

  68. HollieIrish says:

    He is a patriot in its fullest form, definition and description. I love him and thank him for what he did!!! We need more Snowden's in the world but there's only one..bless him <3

  69. MaC N. says:

    Won't buy anything from this guy EVER! He must be BROKE! Just like the WikiLeaks guy, when Russia pushes him out after V. Purin is done with him, the USA gotta nice warm place for him. 😉

  70. laide dolapo kayode says:

    Only God knows numbers of people that are under government surveillance not because of what they have done but what the the government thinks they can do.imagine putting people under travel watch for intending phone theft or husband snatching welcome to justified world.

  71. R N says:

    Remember kids, if you took out someone in fortnite, you MAY or MAY NOT frag Edward Snowden. Something that even US Government couldn't do.

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