Edward Snowden on Why He Stood Up to the NSA + Glenn Greenwald: “Rogue” Actions of U.S. in Snowden Row Yield Latin American Offers of Asylum

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Edward Snowden on Why He Stood Up to the NSA: Mass Spying “Not Something I’m Willing to Live Under” (Part 2 of the interview)

democracynow on Jul 9, 2013

Transcript: www.democracynow.org – In a newly released interview conducted just before he came forward early last month, Edward Snowden explains why he has devoted his life to expose how the United States is spying on the world. Snowden says he thinks the biggest revelation to emerge from his leaks is the National Security Agency’s collection of all communications into and out of the United States — despite NSA claims that it only targets foreign traffic. Snowden also predicts that the U.S. government would seek to demonize him and accuse him of aiding America’s enemies. Journalist Laura Poitras filmed the exchange, and Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald asked the questions. “America is a fundamentally good country,” Snowden says. “We have good people with good values who want to do the right thing, but the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedoms of all.”


Glenn Greenwald: “Rogue” Actions of U.S. in Snowden Row Yield Latin American Offers of Asylum (Part 1)

democracynow on Jul 8, 2013

Transcript: www.democracynow.org – Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have opened the door to granting asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in a standoff with the United States. The offers came after a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to land in Austria after France and Portugal barred it from their airspace over false suspicions that Snowden was on board. The United States has refused to confirm or deny whether it was responsible. We discuss the latest with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the NSA surveillance story based on Snowden’s leaks last month. In his latest scoop, Greenwald has revealed the NSA has systematically tapped into Brazil’s telecommunication network and indiscriminately intercepted, collected and stored the email and telephone records of millions of Brazilians for years. “The U.S. government has been its own worst enemy in this entire episode,” Greenwald says. “The idea they would pressure their European allies to block the plane carrying the president of a sovereign state is a really radical and extreme act. It smacks of rogue nation status and the kind of imperialism and colonialism that Latin America has long chafed at. I think that’s the reason you’re seeing so much support for Snowden in Latin American governments and among the populations as well.”


Glenn Greenwald: Snowden Encouraged by Global Outrage over NSA Spying, Support for His Plight (Part 2)

democracynow on Jul 9, 2013

Transcript: www.democracynow.org – In part two of our interview from Monday, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald details his conversation with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden over the weekend. Greenwald says he spoke at length with Snowden for the first time since Snowden left Hong Kong last month. “He is enthused about the developments over the last week, both in terms of ongoing revelations and the ongoing debate that he helped trigger about surveillance policy worldwide, as well as the support that he’s getting from around the world,” Greenwald says. “He only had one fear, and that was that he would sacrifice his life and take these enormous personal risks in order to make these disclosures possible, and then have the world react with indifference and apathy.” On why Snowden has chosen to become a whistleblower, Greenwald adds: “He began thinking the U.S. government was the most noble government in the world and wanted to work and devote his career to supporting its policies. And it was only over time, gradually, that he began seeing all sorts of things and thought critically about them, just like Bradley Manning did, who joined the U.S. military with the same thoughts and only gradually began to see it as a force for evil. That is Mr. Snowden’s evolution.”


Exclusive: Ecuador’s Foreign Minister on Snowden, Assange & Latin American Resistance to U.S. Spying

democracynow on Jul 9, 2013

Transcript: www.democracynow.org – Amidst new revelations of U.S. spying in Latin America and ongoing diplomatic tensions over the asylum efforts of Edward Snowden, we are joined by Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño. Speaking from Quito, Patiño addresses the confusion over Ecuador’s ties to Snowden’s asylum bid after initially granting him a temporary travel document but later calling the action a “mistake.” Patiño also comments on the diplomatic fallout over the forced landing in Austria of a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales following rumors that Snowden was on board. And Patiño gives an update on Ecuador’s efforts to resolve the standoff over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy as the British government refuses to allow his departure to Ecuador after receiving political asylum.


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8 thoughts on “Edward Snowden on Why He Stood Up to the NSA + Glenn Greenwald: “Rogue” Actions of U.S. in Snowden Row Yield Latin American Offers of Asylum

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  5. I’d be very surprised if Edward Snowden were not what he purports to be, for even despite the sincerity he espouses, the dramatic nature of the information that has been divulged speaks for itself.

    It has rocked the crazy world. There is poetry in the notion that we can dish the dirt on febrile and paranoid filth addicts & dirt professionals. And I don’t mean soil ~ unless we’re talking about the US administration’s proverbial underwear…that must be fit to be filed in the Capitol Hill incinerator right now.

    The foul stench seems to have permeated the globe, it’s signature has even been detected in heavily polluted Beijing.

    As for the Bolivian incident, what a spectacular “own goal!” Well done Washington ~ the posts are at the other end of the field chaps….fekkin eejits, not internet posts!!

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  7. It is not a revelation that America would have some good minds, this is not in dispute, did Snowden discover that the Elite of The Allies such as America, Britain, France, Germany and Israel, have their own agenda, for repression and violence towards any Country or individual that is seen as getting in the way of what the 5 countries mentioned will do to those who are defiant to their interests, that means business which means death, either existentially, or physical, its your choice of preference.

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