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Edward Snowden's Live Q&A on Guardian Website - June 17, 2013

Update: Snowden is responding to questions right now. Get over there! This is literally history in the making, one answer at a time.

Update II: It's over. The answers are all posted and well worth reading.

Go post your questions, and tune in at 11 am EST:


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From a comment a just read from the Q&A:

From ErnextXe:

There a poem that goes...

“General, your tank is a powerful vehicle
It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men.
But it has one defect:
It needs a driver.

General, your bomber is powerful.
It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant.
But it has one defect:
It needs a mechanic.

General, man is very useful.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
He can think.”
― Bertolt Brecht


Ideas are powerful because man can think!

9-11 Media Fakery: Did anyone die on 9-11?


9-11 Actors:

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

Snowden gave fantastic answers!

This guy is extremely intelligent and gives as authentic of answers I could ask for. I'm usually a huge skeptic, and will never be 100% sure about anybody, but Snowden sounds like a true believer in freedom and liberty. The great thing is that his actions may create a different dynamic and ripple effect in all intelligence agencies. I'm sure the pressure is enormous to keep silent and that is the culture in intelligence and cointelpro, but a sea change within is the key. We need people in intelligence to break the silence and fight from within for truth, justice, and liberty. Thank you Snowden!

9-11 Media Fakery: Did anyone die on 9-11?


9-11 Actors:

Pysops.. media.. actors.. propagandists... disinfo agents.. fake videos.. fake photos

I for some odd reason just

I for some odd reason just imagined someone buying a refundable one way plane ticket to Honk Kong, while wearing a t-shirt that says....."Whistleblower!Off to Honk Kong"......a TSA infested airport

Real questions......Real

Real questions......Real answers

"More detail on how direct NSA's accesses are is coming, but in general, the reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on - it's all the same. The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, incomplete, and easily fooled by fake justifications. For at least GCHQ, the number of audited queries is only 5% of those performed."

"Glenn Greenwald follow up: When you say "someone at NSA still has the content of your communications" - what do you mean? Do you mean they have a record of it, or the actual content?

Both. If I target for example an email address, for example under FAA 702, and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time - and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants."

"Leaving the US was an incredible risk, as NSA employees must declare their foreign travel 30 days in advance and are monitored. There was a distinct possibility I would be interdicted en route, so I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained. Hong Kong provided that. Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration."

"Second, let's be clear: I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target. Not only that, when NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn't declared war on the countries - the majority of them are our allies - but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we're not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the "consent of the governed" is meaningless."

Gotta luv this response,

Gotta luv this response, suitable for framing.

Further, it's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

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Just on my way to copy this exact post

It's brilliant. This guy is pretty articulate.

Currently consuming: Morehouse's "Better off free", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

Save Snowden t-shirt

While watching this excellent Q&A session, I was inspired to design and order a few of these t-shirts to give away.


And how many of those taking

And how many of those taking advantage of his name will contribute some or all of their gains to his legal defense?

Very Impressive

Snowden is obviously an extremely intelligent person, as we would expect from a Ron Paul supporter!

If you go to Foxnews.com

the headline story is Snowden's father asking his son to come home and not commit treason. No word about the live chat.

Is that confirmed? I know

Is that confirmed?

I know something else that i THINK has been confirmed by a DP OP, snowdens family having a visit from the fbi? Probably nothing, maybe something......its funny how "standard procedure" works, claim to be one thing, but oh so convinient to be another, not a FACT, jus a consideration of a possibility, given how this is blowing up in their faces, i wonder how desperate, or how at home, they be

Pressure the family members

Pressure the family members first. That's always the first step when trying to reel them back in.

Calls out "the gang of eight"...

My question: given the enormity of what you are facing now in terms of repercussions, can you describe the exact moment when you knew you absolutely were going to do this, no matter the fallout, and what it now feels like to be living in a post-revelation world? Or was it a series of moments that culminated in action? I think it might help other people contemplating becoming whistleblowers if they knew what the ah-ha moment was like. Again, thanks for your courage and heroism.


I imagine everyone's experience is different, but for me, there was no single moment. It was seeing a continuing litany of lies from senior officials to Congress - and therefore the American people - and the realization that that Congress, specifically the Gang of Eight, wholly supported the lies that compelled me to act. Seeing someone in the position of James Clapper - the Director of National Intelligence - baldly lying to the public without repercussion is the evidence of a subverted democracy. The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed.

That's the top security "gang of 8", not the immigration reform

That's the top security "gang of 8", not the immigration reform gang of eight constantly referred to by the media. Snowden's gang of eight are the house and senate chairs/co-chairs of defense and security subcommittees plus the House and senate speakers. The actions of those eight lawmakers outweigh anything the other 527 legislators do or say.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Its really to early to tell

Its really to early to tell with the first written words ive seen from snowden, but if that is a consistent thought process of his, a real respect for the people, influencing his decisions, then

I like the way he thinks :)

Now, if i dont get distracted, off to read some more

Very interesting

But how do we know it is really him? And even if it is him, how do we know if his motives are not part of the plan... he is on all the MSM channels.

He apparently took quite a

He apparently took quite a bit of time beforehand setting up the reporter with encrypted communications software (which one was never revealed), so they'd have a secure means of contact and communications.

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It is him

If you can sense the cadence and tone of his replies he "feel" just like the guy in the original interview. Choice of words and expression can give away the identity of a person. Remember that he warned the Washington post journalist to limit his quotes so as not to give away his identity until he was ready to do so. Plus who in the enemy camp will say such damaging things about themselves voluntarily.

All good points

But if he were a fake, it could be they are threatening him or someone he loves, or promising him even more money... or it could all be real... and even if he is real, they could have been watching him and allowed him to do it, or even helped him without him knowing it... that's spy 101 for them.

Hopefully, he is what he appears to be...

you mean...

the msm is covering this? great!

It does seem great

That's what seems fishy!

Not to worry...

as I posted above foxnews.com has a story about his father asking him to come home and not commit treason..if you say the word treason enough it will become true is apparently the message.

Snowden get's it.

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Ryan Latvaitis
17 June 2013 2:34pm

What would you say to others who are in a position to leak classified information that could improve public understanding of the intelligence apparatus of the USA and its effect on civil liberties?

What evidence do you have that refutes the assertion that the NSA is unable to listen to the content of telephone calls without an explicit and defined court order from FISC?


This country is worth dying for.

Given this Historic opportunity to ask questions

and I can't think of a good one to ask!


Soo...cool. Expect Drone Strike on that location in 3....2....1....

A US drone strike in Hong

A US drone strike in Hong Kong? Won't happen.


Disclosure of location (in addition to indictment outside of a court case) seems risky, but hopefully positive public opinion will ethically work in Snowden's favor

He's on now.....

has responded to two questions so far.

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This is awesome.

I'm reading along now. Edward is thoughtful, organized, articulate, and a pretty fast typist!

Google is government.

Great move!

These guys are playing this like a chess game or better yet a Defense Trial in the Court that matters. The Court of Public Opinion.

And the Main Stream Media is on trial as well.