More than sixty celebrities and thinkers have signed a statement pledging their support for Edward Snowden and encouraging donations to his official defence fund. Signed by Susan Sarandon, Russell Brand, Peter Sarsgaard, M.I.A., Thurston Moore, David Berman, Vivienne Westwood, Alfonso Cuaròn and several other artists and intellectuals, the statement praises the work of Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, highlighting the need to support these individuals as they face social and legal persecution for their revelations to the public.
On 19 July 2014 Edward Snowden appeared at the HOPE X convention in New York, in conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower – and Courage Advisory Board member – Daniel Ellsberg. The Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm put questions, many of them gathered online, to the two discussants.
Tuesday 24 June saw Edward Snowden’s second appearance before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In April, he spoke to the assembly of Parliamentarians from 47 countries about mass surveillance. The topic of yesterdays’s session was improving protection of whistleblowers; reports on both subjects are being prepared for consideration by the Assembly before the end of the year.
First broadcast 19 February 2014 at the Sam Adams Awards for Integrity in Intelligence