Edward Snowden tackles critics, the panopticon

The world’s most famous leaker offers an illuminating discussion the the reasons why he leaked, and his take on the sate of surveillance in today’s world in tis fascinating interview for The Guardian.

Snowden denies that we live in a 1984 world, not because Orwell was wrong about the critical role omnipresent surveillance in a totalitarian state, but because Orwell’s portrayal of spooky methodology is both “unimaginative and quaint.”

And for the record, he neither Googles nor Skypes.

Note also that, despite his portrayal as a Vladimir Putin lackey and sycophant by both Obama administration officials and the Usual Suspects, Snowden is scathing in his critique of the Russian crackdown on media and dissent.

From The Guardian:

Program notes:

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s full interview 2014 with the Guardian.

The 31-year-old former intelligence analyst discusses whether he is a Russian spy, his likely fate if he returns to the US and the relevance of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in the age of Google.
Get the whole picture, the whole time.

Mr Snowden talked exclusively with Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, and reporter Ewen MacAskill in Moscow.


One response to “Edward Snowden tackles critics, the panopticon

  1. Oliver Stone said he would use both Anatoly Kucherena’s book about Edward Snowden and The Snowden Files by Guardian reporter Luke Harding as the basis for his film. Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images
    The film director Oliver Stone has bought the rights to a forthcoming novel based on the life of the whistleblower Edward Snowden and written by Snowden’s Russian lawyer.

    Time of the Octopus will be published later this year, and is authored by Anatoly Kucherena, one of the few people who has had regular access to Snowden since he arrived in Moscow nearly a year ago. The former National Security Agency contractor retained Kucherena when he was stuck in limbo in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

    Stone, who has long been a critic of the US establishment, has met Kucherena to discuss the film project, and said he would use both Kucherena’s book and The Snowden Files by Guardian reporter Luke Harding as the basis for the screenplay of his movie, which is due to begin production later this year.

    The plot of the novel revolves around a fictional American whistleblower named Joshua Cold who flees the US and gets stuck for weeks in the transit zone of a Moscow airport, where he strikes up a friendship with a Russian lawyer and opens up about why he decided to expose a massive American surveillance program.



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