Edward Snowden participated by videolink in a discussion with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about CitizenFour and the issues it raises on the evening of 12 February 2015.
Video of the event follows below. David Carr, the New York Times media columnist who moderates the discussion, passed away shortly after this interview.
In the wake of the publication of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report into the NSA’s collection of domestic phone metadata, a number of voices in the US have echoed the Board’s findings that collection is neither effective nor legal. In the past 48 hours, both the New York Times and the LA Times have published editorials calling for bulk collection to be ended – and even the Republican National Convention has called for an immediate end to “unconstitutional surveillance” and a full investigation into the NSA’s activities.
On 2 January 2014 both the New York Times and the Guardian published editorials calling on the US Government to reevaluate its attitude towards Edward Snowden, who currently faces three criminal charges, including two under the 1917 Espionage Act.
In an interview with the New York Times‘ James Risen, Edward Snowden stated that he did not take any copies of NSA documents with him to Moscow. He further stated that there is “a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents”.
Snowden also responded to claims that the NSA leaks caused damage, stating: “NSA would have set the table on fire from slamming it so many times in denouncing the damage it had caused. Yet NSA has not offered a single example of damage from the leaks. They haven’t said boo about it except ‘we think’, ‘maybe’, ‘have to assume’ from anonymous and former officials.”
He also discusses his gradual decision to become a whistleblower.
Read the full article in the New York Times: Snowden Says He Took No Secret Files to Russia