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Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Our founders did not write that We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all US Persons are created equal. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Luke Harding

Snowden's itinerary does, however, seem to bear the fingerprints of Julian Assange. Assange was often quick to criticise the US and other western nations when they abused human rights. But he was reluctant to speak out against governments that supported his personal efforts to avoid extradition. — Luke Harding

Snowden Quotes By Barton Gellman

Ecuador has never stated flatly that it would give asylum to Edward Snowden. — Barton Gellman

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

These activities can be misconstrued, misinterpreted, and used to harm you as an individual, even without the government having any intent to do you wrong. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I hope you have read the election programme of the Labour Party ... this is not socialism. It is Bolshevism run mad. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Dave Snowden

Seeking the ideal has a long history, it produces many saints but few paradigm changes. — Dave Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Laura Poitras

The most striking thing Snowden has revealed is the depth of what the NSA and the Five Eyes countries [Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, and the US] are doing, their hunger for all data, for total bulk dragnet surveillance where they try to collect all communications and do it all sorts of different ways. Their ethos is "collect it all." — Laura Poitras

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

There are times throughout history and it doesn't take long for either an American or a German, to think about times in the history of their country where the law provided the Government to do things which were not right. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If I target for example an email address, for example under FAA 702, and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time - and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The Iraq war that I signed up for was launched on false premises. The American people were misled. Now, whether that was due to bad faith or simply mistakes in intelligence, I can't say for sure. But I can say it shows the problem of putting too much faith in intelligence systems without debating them in public. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If an adversary didn't target our power plants but they did target the core routers, the backbones that tie our internet connections together, entire parts of the United States could be cut off. That would have a tremendous impact on us as a society and it would have a policy backlash. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When the lights go out at a power plant sometime in the future, we're going to know that that's a consequence of deprioritizing defense for the sake of an advantage in terms of offense. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power - the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government - for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Ending mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen. Yet while we have reformed this one program, many others remain. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished. I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Stephen Kinzer

No offense to Iceland, but Latin America is where the fugitive leaker Edward Snowden should settle. — Stephen Kinzer

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I do not expect to see home again, though that is what I want. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

We don't have to ask for our privacy, we can take it back — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Felicity Snowden

Sometimes inexplicably the past becomes intermingled with the present — Felicity Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

My case clearly demonstrates the need for comprehensive whistleblower protection act reform. If we had had a real process in place, and reports of wrongdoing could be taken to real, independent arbiters rather than captured officials, I might not have had to sacrifice so much to do what at this point even the President seems to agree needed to be done. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When Clapper raised his hand and lied to the American public, was anyone tried? Were any charges brought? Within 24 hours of going public, I had three charges against me. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types ... Did we get to where we are today via a slippery slope that was entirely within our control to stop? Or was it a relatively instantaneous sea change that sneaked in undetected because of pervasive government secrecy? — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Laura Poitras

We don't stand here alone, it's possible through the great organisations that support us. The disclosures that Edward Snowden revealed aren't only a threat to privacy but to democracy, when the most important decisions made affect all of us. Thank you to Edward Snowden. I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth. — Laura Poitras

Snowden Quotes By Sergei Lavrov

We believe Russian-American relations are broader and larger than emotions and mutual grudges, including the situation with the U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden. — Sergei Lavrov

Snowden Quotes By John McAfee

Is Snowden a good man or a bad man? I have no clue and even less interest. — John McAfee

Snowden Quotes By Bill Maher

Edward Snowden gave a little press conference today. He is apparently seeking temporary asylum in Russia. Because, you know, when you're tired of the government snooping into everything you do, Putin's Russia is definitely the place you want to go. — Bill Maher

Snowden Quotes By Glenn Greenwald

A: Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States. But that's not his goal. [His] objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. [He] has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the US government if they were made public. — Glenn Greenwald

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The way the United States intelligence community operates is it doesn't limit itself to the protection of the homeland. It doesn't limit itself to countering terrorist threats, countering nuclear proliferation. It's also used for economic espionage, for political spying to gain some knowledge of what other countries are doing. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

You can show a guy sort of peeking over the wall, you can see a guy tunneling underneath, you can see a guy going through the front door. All of those, in cyber terms, are vulnerabilities, because it's not that you have to look for one hole of a specific type. It's the whole paradigm. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

So many of the things we're told by the government simply aren't true. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Peter Singer

If we think that democracy is a good thing, then we must believe that the public should know as much as possible about what the government it elects is doing. Snowden has said that he made the disclosures because "the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong. — Peter Singer

Snowden Quotes By Michele Bachmann

Was the leaker in question, Ed Snowden, was he a traitor? — Michele Bachmann

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

What the government wants is something they never had before. They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing? — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Luke Harding

Snowden evidently knew of WikiLeaks, a niche transparency website — Luke Harding

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

What is right is not always the same as what is legal — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I don't want to hide. If I get arrested, I get arrested. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

No one would argue that it's in the United States' interest to have independent knowledge of the plans and intentions of foreign countries. But we need to think about where to draw the line on these kind of operations so we're not always attacking our allies, the people we trust, the people we need to rely on, and to have them in turn rely on us. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten - and they're talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

You gotta fight for your right ... to party! — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The public don't want to authorize the internet to become a battleground. We need to do everything we can as a society to keep that a neutral zone, to keep that an economic zone that can reflect our values, both politically, socially, and economically. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I'm just another guy who sits there day to day in the office, watching what's happening, and goes, 'This is something that's not our place to decide.' The public needs to decide whether these programs or policies are right or wrong, — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Daniel Ellsberg

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material, and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. — Daniel Ellsberg

Snowden Quotes By Brandice Snowden

Powerful grateful in the demons mortals in the courier of shadows, Darkened protectors of the rest and dusk of sea, Shadow broken and ashes in my eclipse, Crave force the demons flesh — Brandice Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised - and it should be. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Acting Government officials, they said they wanted - they would be happy, they would love to put a bullet in my head, to poison me as I was returning from the grocery store, and have me die in the shower. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Defending ourselves from internet-based attacks, internet-originated attacks, is much, much more important than our ability to launch attacks against similar targets in foreign countries. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

One of the foremost activities of the NSA's FAD, or Foreign Affairs Division, is to pressure or incentivize EU member states to change their laws to enable mass surveillance. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Your rights matter, because you never know when you're going to need them. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If you ask anybody at Cyber Command or look at any of the job listings for openings for their positions, you'll see that the one thing they don't prioritize is computer network defense. It's all about computer network attack and computer network exploitation at Cyber Command. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I have had no contact with the Chinese government. I only work with journalists. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

We'd do well to remember that at the end of the day, the law doesn't defend us; we defend the law. And when it becomes contrary to our morals, we have both the right and the responsibility to rebalance it toward just ends. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The majority of terrorist attacks that have been disrupted in the United States have been disrupted due to things like the Time Square bomber, who was caught by a hotdog vendor, not a mass surveillance program, not a cyber-espionage campaign. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Henry Rollins

Edward Snowden, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, professes to have had access to whatever he wanted to know about anyone's anything. If he's telling the truth, why does he have such permeability without any government oversight? Is that OK with you? — Henry Rollins

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts. Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans' rights. It is the first of many. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When the United States cannibalize dollars from the defensive business of the NSA, securing our communications, protecting our systems, patching zero-day vulnerabilities, and instead we're giving those dollars to be used for creating new vulnerabilities in our systems so that they can surveil us and other people abroad who use the same systems. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern. But it's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel Effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I do not expect to see home again. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I'm grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden

Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war. — Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Glenn Greenwald

Snowden has enough [sic] information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had. The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare. — Glenn Greenwald

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

You will never be completely free from risk, if you're free. The only time you can be free from risk is when you're in prison. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Sarah Harrison

My links to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden mean I am treated as a threat and can't return to the U.K. — Sarah Harrison

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When it comes to cyber warfare, we have more to lose than any other nation on earth. The technical sector is the backbone of the American economy, and if we start engaging in these kind of behaviors, in these kind of attacks, we're setting a standard, we're creating a new international norm of behavior that says this is what nations do. This is what developed nations do. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I'm not a spy for Russia or China or any other country for that matter. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Bill Maher

I think we do sympathize. And a lot of us think a lot of what Snowden did was great, and you're abetting him. But, we also think, well, if we are going to have someone who is going to be the one to take secret materials and disseminate it ... why you? You weren't elected to that post. That seems to be what the question always comes down to. — Bill Maher

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Suspicionless surveillance has no place in a democracy. The next 60 days are a historic opportunity to rein in the NSA, but the only one who can end the worst of its abuses is you. Call your representatives and tell them that the unconstitutional 'bulk collection' of Americans' private records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act must end. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Sarah Harrison

For future Snowdens, we want to show there is an organization that will do what we did for Snowden - as much as possible - in raising money for legal defense and public advocacy for whistleblowers so they know if they come forward there is a support group for them. — Sarah Harrison

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

As a technologist, I see the trends, and I see that automation inevitably is going to mean fewer and fewer jobs. And if we do not find a way to provide a basic income for people who have no work, or no meaningful work, we're going to have social unrest that could get people killed. When we have increasing production - year after year after year - some of that needs to be reinvested in society. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

There are proxies, proxy servers on the internet, and this is very typical for hackers to use. They create what are called proxy chains where they gain access to a number of different systems around the world, sometimes by hacking these, and they use them as sort of relay boxes. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

FBI creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

Every time somebody on the internet sort of glances at us sideways, we launch an attack at them. That's not going to work out for us long term, and the U.S. have to get ahead of the problem if we're going to succeed. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When people are talking about cyber weapons, digital weapons, what they really mean is a malicious program that's used for a military purpose. A cyber weapon could be something as simple as an old virus from 1995 that just happens to still be effective if you use it for that purpose. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

When you are subverting the power of government, that's a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If the Obama administration responds with an even harsher hand against me, they can be assured that they'll soon find themselves facing an equally harsh public response. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

It's much more important for U.S. to be able to defend against foreign attacks than it is to be able to launch successful attacks against foreign adversaries. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

America is a fundamentally good country. We have good people with good values who want to do the right thing. But the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedom of all publics. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The internet exchange is sort of the core points where all of the international cables come together, where all of the internet service providers come together, and they trade lines with each other. These are priority one targets for any sort of espionage agency, because they provide access to so many people's communications. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Alex Berenson

I think in some ways what Snowden is, is he's a mix of a cold war spy novel and post-9/11 spy novel. — Alex Berenson

Snowden Quotes By Tom Morello

I have another name for what they're terming whistleblowers, and that's righteous heroes. From Bradley Manning to Snowden. They're people of conscience who are unwilling to turn a blind eye to the crimes of our government. And thank goodness for them. — Tom Morello

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Neil Patrick Harris

The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here for some treason. — Neil Patrick Harris

Snowden Quotes By Laura Poitras

Snowden is almost preternaturally prepossessing and self-possessed. I think of a novelist whose dream character just walks into his or her head. It must have been like that with you and Snowden. But what if he'd been a graying guy with the same documents and far less intelligent things to say about them? In other words, how exactly did who he was make your movie and remake our world? — Laura Poitras

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

The internet is the most complex system that humans have ever invented. And with every internet enabled operation that we've seen so far, all of these offensive operations, we see knock on effects. We see unintended consequences. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

We're losing our way as a society. If we don't stand up, if we don't say what we think those rights should be, and if we don't protect them, we will very soon find out that we do not have them. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

And that's not something I'm willing to support, it's not something I'm willing to build and it's not something I'm willing to live under. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Arthur L. Herman

Edward Snowden may not be a Chinese mole, but he might as well be. He's just handed Beijing a major score, while the NSA struggles to pick up the pieces - and the rest of us pay the price in terms of future national security. — Arthur L. Herman

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

America should be cooling down the tensions in the internet, making it a more trusted environment, making it a more secure environment, making it a more reliable environment, because that's the foundation of our economy and our future. — Edward Snowden

Snowden Quotes By Ron Paul

My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy. — Ron Paul

Snowden Quotes By Edward Snowden

If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they're working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy. — Edward Snowden