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Video Update: Edward Snowden Addresses SXSW - March 10, 2014


Edward Snowden is addressing SXSW LIVE NOW: (12pm ET)

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"I took an Oath to support and defend the Constitution, and …..

…. I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale. The interpretation of the fourth amendment had been changed in ….(crowd applause)…. Thank you. The interpretation of the Constitution had been changed in secret from no unreasonable search and seizure, to hey any seizure is fine, just don't search it, and that's something the public ought to know about." ―Edward Snowden (58:12 - 58:50)

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” ~Mark Twain

"When I came public with this, it wasn't so I could sort of …...

….. single handily change the government, tell them what to do, and sort of override what the public thinks is proper. What I wanted to do, was inform the public so they could make a decision, they could provide their consent, for what we should be doing." ―Edward Snowden (56:57 - 57:19)

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” ~Mark Twain

"One thing you've seen recently is the government has gone ……

….. and changed its talking points. They moved their verbiage away from public interest, and to national interest, and we should be concerned about that, because when the national interest talking about the sake becomes distinct to the public interest, what benefits the people, we really are at a point where we have to marry those up or it gets harder and harder to control, and we risk loosing control of a representative democracy." ―Edward Snowden (55:45-56:20)

"In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a scarce man, Brave, Hated, and Scorned. When his cause succeeds however,the timid join him, For then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.” ~Mark Twain

Debbie's picture

Thank you so much for posting this.

And thank you to the posters below for their contributions and updates!


Love this guy. He looks well.

Love this guy. He looks well. Hope he's happy. Hope one day he can come home. Good to see him from a different angle that than damn video still from before. We love you Ed.

ACinMA's picture

Heres the full video from RT

Audio is much better


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Update with better audio

This clip is short and has better audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qjR8mi0T50

You can find an attempt at a transcription here:

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No doubts this young man will have great chapters dedicated

No doubts this young man will have great chapters dedicated to his unique stand, in future US History books.

And with grateful praise.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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Michael Nystrom's picture

Thanks Aaron for the reminder

And Ralph, for the video.

He's the man.
Michael Nystrom's picture

The audio, unfortunately, is terrible

I'm afraid I can't deal with it right now


He's the man.

Lol! He was behind 7 proxies.

briefs on the 1 hr chat... (begin at bottom)

1:02 p.m.: Crowd applauds as Snowden's chat concludes. Thanks for joining us.

12:59 p.m.: Snowden is asked how satisfied he is with global debate on mass surveillance. He says his ultimate goal was not to tell governments how to act. "What I wanted to do was to inform the public so they could make a decision for what we should be doing."

He also notes "every society has benefited" from the disclosures. On whether he would do this again? "Absolutely, yes."

"I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I saw that the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale," says Snowden.

12:56 p.m.: Snowden is asked about whether there are benefits of data collection on a societal level without opening up to mass surveillance. He says the important thing is letting people know when data is collected. "Data should not be collected without peoples' knowledge or consent."

12:54 p.m.: Snowden, on his best evidence that encryption works: he says the U.S. has a huge team trying to track him and his work, and they haven't.

12:49 p.m.: Next question for Snowden is what steps can users take individually to secure themselves. Snowden suggests full disk encryption to protect devices if they're seized, network encryption and plug-ins such as NoScript.

Snowden also praised the mixed routing network Tor, which he says encrypts from the user through the Internet service provider to the cloud.

Soghoian also warns consumers to pay more attention to the services they use and how they use information. He also notes advantages of paying instead of using free tools. "If you want a secure service, you have pay for it."

12:43 p.m.: On encryption, Snowden says it needs to be treated less like a "black art" and more as a "basic protection."

"The bottom line is that encryption does work," he adds.

12:41 p.m.: Snowden is asked whether the NSA's actions could prompt other countries to follow suit. He says it's one of the primary problems with the NSA's activity. Snowden says "if we allow the NSA to continue unrestrained, the international community will accept that as the green light" to institute similar practices.

12:38 p.m.: Snowden is asked why it's less bad for big corporations to have access to user data instead of the government. "The government has the ability to deprive you of rights," he says, noting companies can monitor data to sell products or sell information to other companies, which can be bad, but users have legal options.

12:36 p.m.: Soghoian reacting to the people that think what Snowden did was wrong: "His disclosures have improved Internet security."

12:32 p.m.: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the Internet, asks the first question via email, starting off by thanking Snowden for his work. He asks if he could install an accountability system, what would he do?

"The key factor is accountability," says Snowden, adding that creating an oversight system is complex, and the U.S. is off to a good start, but the problem is "overseers aren't interested in oversight." He also calls out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to Congress on NSA surveillance.

"We need a watchdog that watches Congress," he says.

12:26 p.m.: Snowden talks about whether mass surveillance efforts have worked so far. "They're not." He points to the Boston bombing as an example. "We're monitoring everyone's communications instead of suspects' communications."

12:23 p.m.: Snowden calls out former NSA directors Keith Alexander and Michael Hayden for harming national security, adding the U.S. needs to act more defensively on security. "It's very interesting to see officials like Keith Alexander talk about damage that's been done."

12:20 p.m.: Snowden says he's not against big businesses such as Facebook and Google collecting data, so long as they do it responsibly. "It's not that you can't collect any data," says Snowden. "You should only collect the data and hold it as long as neccessary for the nature of the business."

12:17 p.m.: Snowden says the key to having more secure communications tool is to integrate security measures that work by default. "It has to be out there. It has to happen automatically. It has to happen seamlessly."

12:14 p.m.: Sogohian talks about better end-to-end encryption, and says a lot of tools are "not very polished." He also says many of the larger companies who make communications tools aren't as secure. "Rational people choose the insecure tools ... because they are easy for people to figure out."

12:11 p.m.: On making mass surveillance more difficult, better end-to-end encryption is key, says Snowden. How can we enforce those protections in a simple, cheap and effective way for users," he says.

12:10 p.m.: Snowden says one of the key problems with mass surveillance is not only about how communications are collected but "how do you interpret them, how do you understand them."

12:09 p.m.: Snowden says governments have created an adversarial Internet, and the way to fix this is with response through new policies and better technology.

Snowden says the development community "can really crack those solutions and make sure we're safe."

"They're setting fire to the future of the Internet, and you guys in the room are the global firefighters," adds Snowden.

12:02 p.m.: Ben Wizner, Snowden's legal counsel, and ACLU's Chris Sogohian are on stage to introduce Snowden, who appear via videoconference with an image of the U.S. Constitution in the background.

Thanks for the briefs

the legislative branch can be faulted for not reining in the actions of the agencies within the executive branch, so can the Supreme Court.

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SteveMT's picture

Nice setting: Snowden backed by the Constitution.

Listening in.