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Snowden Receives Award, Speaks Against ‘Dragnet Mass Surveillance’

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Posted on Oct 14, 2013
'Democracy Now!'

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden appeared on video speaking in Moscow for the first time in months. In the company of his fellow American whistle-blowers who traveled to Russia to give him the Integrity Award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, he warned about “dragnet mass surveillance that puts entire populations under sort of an eye that sees everything even when it’s not needed.”

“Democracy Now!” spent an hour Monday with those whistle-blowers. They are former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake, and former U.S. Justice Department ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, now of the Government Accountability Project.

“In our visit, we told Edward Snowden that he had begun the debate by disclosing to American citizens what was going on—this massive spying upon American citizens,” Rowley says. “We were happy to tell him the debate has begun, but he is very concerned, and this is actually the reason he has sacrificed so much: He wants to see these laws, these secret interpretations of the law, I should say, fixed.”

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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