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Germany: Surveillance creating a 'fundamentally unfree' society – Snowden02:21

Germany: Surveillance creating a 'fundamentally unfree' society – Snowden

Germany, Munich
January 16, 2017 at 03:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that surveillance is making society "fundamentally unfree" as he discussed privacy, civil rights and the surveillance state via video link from Moscow at the Freedom and Democracy conference in Munich, Sunday.

Snowden argued that as it stands "national security" does not mean "preventing foreign troops from landing on US shores" but rather maintaining the "stability of the current political system" the "parties that are in power, the personalities."

Snowden described a heavily surveilled world "where every time you pick up the phone to call someone you love, to talk to a friend, to share an idea, to just tell someone about what was happening in your day, then you need to think what is going to look like" saying it is "fundamentally illiberal, it is fundamentally unfree and fundamentally unjust."

Snowden has been in self-imposed exile in Russia following his revelations that the NSA was using various computer programmes to monitor the digital correspondence of millions of US citizens and international leaders. In absentia, he has been charged with espionage by the US government, and faces arrest if he were to return home.

Germany: Surveillance creating a 'fundamentally unfree' society – Snowden02:21
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that surveillance is making society "fundamentally unfree" as he discussed privacy, civil rights and the surveillance state via video link from Moscow at the Freedom and Democracy conference in Munich, Sunday.

Snowden argued that as it stands "national security" does not mean "preventing foreign troops from landing on US shores" but rather maintaining the "stability of the current political system" the "parties that are in power, the personalities."

Snowden described a heavily surveilled world "where every time you pick up the phone to call someone you love, to talk to a friend, to share an idea, to just tell someone about what was happening in your day, then you need to think what is going to look like" saying it is "fundamentally illiberal, it is fundamentally unfree and fundamentally unjust."

Snowden has been in self-imposed exile in Russia following his revelations that the NSA was using various computer programmes to monitor the digital correspondence of millions of US citizens and international leaders. In absentia, he has been charged with espionage by the US government, and faces arrest if he were to return home.

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