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posted by martyb on Friday April 18 2014, @03:03PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the now-ask-him-about-statistics dept.

The Guardian has published an op-ed by Edward Snowden elaborating on his reason for questioning Vladimir Putin on Russia's surveillance policies. To critics who claim Putin had co-opted Snowden for his own political goals, he points out that you can't call someone to account for lying to the public unless they are first on the record lying to the public.

The Guardian also makes available a copy of the video and documents Russia's use of SORM to perform surveillance during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by The Mighty Buzzard on Friday April 18 2014, @03:09PM

    Damn, and here I'd been doing so for every politician since I got a clue.
    --
    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @04:09PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @04:09PM (#33121)

    Hopefully Putin will use this to not extend his asylum. The sooner that traitor comes home to hang the better.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @05:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @05:43PM (#33143)

      You are a coward. And blind, deaf, and should be dumb.

      • (Score: -1) by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @05:58PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18 2014, @05:58PM (#33150)

        Big words there, tough guy.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by computersareevil on Friday April 18 2014, @05:13PM

    by computersareevil (749) on Friday April 18 2014, @05:13PM (#33135)

    And so Snowden shows his true mettle. Once again risking his relative freedom to poke in the eye the autocrat who granted him temporarily asylum. Insisting that principles are more important. Balls. Of. Steel.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by GlennC on Friday April 18 2014, @07:59PM

    by GlennC (3656) on Friday April 18 2014, @07:59PM (#33200)

    I don't know that I could have shared this knowledge with the world.

    And for those that call Edward Snowden a traitor, may I remind you that there is a specific definition of a traitor. That definition is listed in Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution, "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort".

    By that definition, the press, and therefore the Citizens of the United States, are the Enemies of the Government, unless I am mistaken.

    --
    Sorry folks...the world is bigger and more varied than you want it to be. Deal with it.
  • (Score: 2) by Open4D on Saturday April 19 2014, @01:56PM

    by Open4D (371) Subscriber Badge on Saturday April 19 2014, @01:56PM (#33334) Journal

    Snowden's piece appears to be a response to criticism he got for asking Putin a soft question. E.g. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/17/s orry-snowden-putin-lied-to-you-about-his-surveilla nce-state-and-made-you-a-pawn-of-it.html [thedailybeast.com]

    I'm not sure what to think about this.