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Edward Snowden beamed in at SXSW to talk future of internet

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AUSTIN, Tx. (CNN)–Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden made a rare public appearance Monday, via the web.

The former analyst’s location was livestreamed through seven proxys. This was to hide his location. The audio was excellent, but sometime the video had glitches.

He spoke to an audience of thousands at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin.

Snowden urged participants to help “fix” the government’s surveillance program.

“The NSA, the sort of global mass surveillance, that’s happening in all these countries not just the U. S. And it is important to note that this is a global issue. They’re setting fire to the future of the internet; and the people who are in this room now you guys are all the firefighters and we need you to help us fix this.”

This is the first time Snowden has addressed people in the United States since he fled the country last June with thousands of secret documents.

Watch the entire speech in the Youtube video.


1 Comment

  • airjackie

    After Snowden’s disappointment of Mitt Romney losing the election he decided to tell Americans what President Bush announced publicly in 2002 but Edward missed it. With hope of Impeaching Obama it seems Snowden stole documents and offered it for sale to China/Russia. Snowden did not know China/Russia already knew the information he offered. Well as a legal US traitor Snowden offered to train Russians on all he learned at the high level Security agency he worked at. Americans call Snowden a hero for telling the surveillance told to Americans in 2002 and defended by Dick Cheney. Americans knew better then question Cheney and Bush called himself the Decider and did not care what people thought.

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