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Slavoj Žižek: Edward Snowden is a hero

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek praised Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers in an article published by the Guardian.

“Edward Snowden should be defended,” he wrote, “Not only because his acts annoyed and embarrassed US secret services; what he revealed is something that not only the US but also all great (and not so great) powers – from China to Russia, Germany to Israel – are doing (to the extent they are technologically able to do it).”

He also praised WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange and Pvt. Chelsea Manning: “Assange, Manning, Snowden, these are our new heroes, exemplary cases of the new ethics that befits our era of digitalised control. They are no longer just whistleblowers who denounce the illegal practices of private companies to the public authorities; they denounce these public authorities themselves when they engage in ‘private use of reason’.”

Read his full article here: Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: our new heroes