In the second part of an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations of top-secret documents regarding its spying operations on domestic and foreign internet traffic, email and phone use. This interview was recorded in Hong Kong on 6 June 2013
I missed this yesterday: ‘Edward Snowden tells Der Spiegel NSA is ‘in bed with the Germans”.
‘Interview carried out before NSA whistleblower fled to Hong Kong appears to contradict Merkel’s public surprise at snooping’
Hmmm. Dilma Rousseff is reportedly very annoyed at revelations about the massive NSA collection of phone calls and emails in Brazil. Wikileaks had tweeted yesterday, wondering it Brazil might offer Snowden asylum now.
In the Guardian’s ‘NSA and GCHQ spy programmes face legal challenge’ and the lawsuits filed in the UK by privacy organizations, the key point we need to keep hammering on is this wider angle, imo:
Eric King, head of research at Privacy International, added: “One of the underlying tenets of law in a democratic society is the accessibility and foreseeability of a law. If there is no way for citizens to know of the existence, interpretation, or execution of a law, then the law is effectively secret. And secret law is not law. It is a fundamental breach of the social contract if the government can operate with unrestrained power in such an arbitrary fashion.”