On the evening of Monday 23 Feburary, Edward Snowden joined Glenn Greenwald and Oscar-winning Citizenfour director Laura Poitras to answer questions submitted by reddit users. Edward Snowden’s answers covered NSA information management, his life in Russia, how whistleblowers can best be protected and making surveillance an important issue in the next US Presidential election, among other issues.
The discussion also touched on two recent news reports: the bulk seizure of SIM card encryption keys by the NSA and GCHQ; and the exposure of state-level Equation Group malware by the Kaspersky Group, which has widely been attributed to the NSA. A previous malware discovery, Regin, has been corroborated as having links to the NSA and its Five Eyes allies by documents disclosed by Snowden.
Reddit confirmed that the AMA was viewed over a million times on the evening it was published. A selection of Edward Snowden’s answers follows below.
Edward Snowden participated by videolink in a discussion with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about CitizenFour and the issues it raises on the evening of 12 February 2015.
Video of the event follows below. David Carr, the New York Times media columnist who moderates the discussion, passed away shortly after this interview.
On Monday 27 October, Edward Snowden gave a short introduction to Laura Poitras’ documentary Citizenfour, on the occasion of its screening at Leipzig’s Dok Leipzig film festival.
As the ACLU point out in their write-up, Leipzig’s history as the place where the demonstrations that the brought the down the Berlin wall started, forms the background to Edward Snowden’s short statement.
A full transcript follows below
To coincide with the release of Laura Poitras’ film CitizenFour, which documents the causes, motivations and consequences of Edward Snowden’s momentous act of whistleblowing, Edward Snowden gave a number of new interviews and video appearances in the US and UK.