Edward Snowden willing to go to prison in exchange for being able to come home
Edward Snowden even though he received a three-year extension of his stay in Russsia, wants to come home. In a newly released interview with WIRED magazine, he tells them that he still clings to the hope of returning home even if it means living behind bars.
In the article he says “I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” “I care more about the country than what happens to me. However, we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I’m not going to be part of that.”
Edward Snowden has become the most wanted man in the world. He is being sought for leaking top-secret documents that revealed widespread surveillance programs that spied on both Americans and foreign governments. He is hiding out in an unknown location within Russia.
The article comes with several new pictures of Snowden, including one with him holding an American flag. Snowden continues to dispute government claims that he stole 1.7 million documents. Snowden’s actions were intended to be seen as more of a whistleblower than a traitor or spy for a foreign government.
During Snowden’s interview, he discussed a newly formed top-secret NSA program currently under construction is called “Monstermind”, which would automatically retaliate against cyber attacks from foreign countries without the need of humans. It’s the ultimate threat to privacy because it requires the NSA to gain access to virtually all private communications coming in from overseas. During the discussion he said “The argument is that the only way we can identify these malicious traffic flows and respond to them is if we’re analyzing all traffic flows,” he said. “And if we’re analyzing all traffic flows, that means we have to be intercepting all traffic flows. That means violating the Fourth Amendment, seizing private communications without a warrant, without probable cause or even a suspicion of wrongdoing. For everyone, all the time.”
It’s an example of the breadth of NSA surveillance, he said. And everybody forgot about or simple ignored the rules.
“You get exposed to a little bit of evil, a little bit of rule-breaking, a little bit of dishonesty, a little bit of deceptiveness, a little bit of disservice to the public interest, and you can brush it off, you can come to justify it,” Snowden told Wired. “But if you do that, it creates a slippery slope that just increases over time. And by the time you’ve been in 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, you’ve seen it all and it doesn’t shock you. And so you see it as normal.”
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