Articles by Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

12 Sep 2021 – The Greatest Regret of My Life – The following is an excerpt from my memoir, Permanent Record, available in most languages wherever fine books are sold.

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The All-Seeing “i”: Apple Just Declared War on Your Privacy
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

26 Aug 2021 – By now you’ve probably heard that Apple plans to push a new and uniquely intrusive surveillance system out to many of the more than one billion iPhones it has sold, which all run the behemoth’s proprietary, take-it-or-leave-it software. This new offensive is tentatively slated to begin with the launch of iOS 15⁠—almost certainly in mid-September⁠—with the devices of its US user-base designated as the initial targets.

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A Hell of Our Own Making
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

18 Aug 2021 – Reflections on the Road to Kabul – Nearly 20 years after it was launched in the wake of 9/11, the long war in Afghanistan, one of the great cruelties of my generation, has unexpectedly reached its expectedly tragic conclusion. I am certainly not sad to see it go, but it’s difficult to avoid a profound sense of regret at the error of it all.

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A Conversation with Daniel Ellsberg
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

The Whistleblower Who Started It All – For the Fourth of July, I reached out to an old friend, Daniel Ellsberg, to experiment with recording little conversations for you about big topics. I hope you enjoy it.

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Apophenia
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

5 Aug 2021 – How the Internet Transforms the Individual into a Conspiracy of One – The easier it becomes to produce information, the harder that information becomes to consume — and the harder we have to work to separate the spurious from the significant.

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The Insecurity Industry
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

26 Jul 2021 – The greatest danger to national security has become the companies that claim to protect it. The first thing I do when I get a new phone is take it apart simply because it is unsafe to operate. Surgically removing the two or three tiny microphones hidden inside is only the first step of an arduous process.

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Answering Readers’ Questions
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

19 Jul 2021 – …How do we sort True conspiracies from False?

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Conspiracy: Theory and Practice
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

29 Jun 2021 – Toward a Taxonomy of Conspiracies – The truest conspiracies meet with the least opposition. Conspiracy practices — the methods by which true conspiracies such as gerrymandering, or the debt industry, or mass surveillance are realized — are almost always overshadowed by conspiracy theories: those malevolent falsehoods that in aggregate can erode civic confidence in the existence of anything certain or verifiable. In my life, I’ve had enough of both the practice and the theory.

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The Most Dangerous Censorship
Edward Snowden | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

22 Jun 2021 – Think about it: if the suppression is happening in your own home, if you’re suppressing your own speech, who will know? And how can you ever call for help?

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Edward Snowden: Trump Has Created a Global Playbook to Attack Those Revealing Uncomfortable Truths
Edward Snowden – The Washington Post, 3 Feb 2020

27 Jan 2020 – On Tuesday [21 Jan], Brazilian federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and founding editor at the Intercept Brazil, for his explosive reporting on corruption at the very highest levels of Brazil’s government. The public importance of these stories was staggering… The most essential journalism of every era is precisely that which a government attempts to silence. These prosecutions demonstrate that they are ready to stop the presses — if they can.

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Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy. This Is Our New Battleground
Edward Snowden – The Guardian, 21 Oct 2019

15 Oct 2019 – The vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment – that’s higher than terrorism, higher than war. Your bank balance, the local hospital’s equipment, among many, many other things, all depend on computer safety. The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information.

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“Never Be Ashamed:” Why I Decided Not to Delete My Old Internet Posts
Edward Snowden – The Intercept, 23 Sep 2019

21 Sep 2019 – While working for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden helped build a system to enable the United States government to capture all phone calls, text messages, and emails. Six years ago, he provided documents about this electronic panopticon to journalists, and the shocking revelations that ensued set off massive changes — changes in attitudes and behaviors, in policies and technologies, across private industry and the public sector, in the U.S. and around the world.

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Is Whistleblowing Worth Prison or a Life in Exile? Edward Snowden Talks to Daniel Ellsberg
Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg and Ewen MacAskill – The Guardian, 22 Jan 2018

The two most famous whistleblowers in modern history discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers, the personal cost of what they did – and if they’d advise anybody to follow in their footsteps.

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Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking — It’s an Act of Political Resistance
Edward Snowden – The Intercept, 9 May 2016

One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency, who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths.

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Snowden: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Isn’t Telling the Truth about Mass Surveillance
Edward Snowden – The Intercept, 22 Sep 2014

Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false.

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A Message From Edward Snowden, One Year Later
Edward Snowden – American Civil Liberties Union, 9 Jun 2014

4 Jun 2014 – Below is an email ACLU supporters received from Edward Snowden this morning, one year to the day since The Guardian broke the first in a series of revelations exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance.

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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Take on America’s Runaway Surveillance State
Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras – The Nation, 12 May 2014

On April 30 [2014], in a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, the Nation Institute and the Fertel Foundation awarded their annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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(Castellano) Como a Obama, hay que pedirle cuentas a Vladimir Putin en materia de espionaje
Edward Snowden – Freedom of the Press Foundation, 5 May 2014

El jueves pasado [10 de abril 2014] cuestioné en directo en televisión la implicación de Rusia en el espionaje masivo. Le hice al presidente de Rusia, Vladimir Putin, una pregunta que no puede responder negativamente de un modo creíble ningún líder que dirija un programa moderno e intrusivo de vigilancia: “¿Intercepta [su país], analiza o almacena las comunicaciones de millones de individuos?”

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A Vindication for the Public: The Guardian and Washington Post Win the Pulitzer Prize
Edward Snowden – Freedom of the Press Foundation, 28 Apr 2014

I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year’s reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, Ewen MacAskill, and all of the others at the Guardian and Washington Post on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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Vladimir Putin Must Be Called To Account on Surveillance Just Like Obama
Edward Snowden – The Guardian, 28 Apr 2014

On Thursday [17 Apr 2014], I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: “Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals’ communications?”

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(Português) Putin deve prestar contas em matéria de espionagem tal como Obama
Edward Snowden – The Guardian, 28 Apr 2014

A 10 de abril, questionei em direto na televisão o envolvimento da Rússia na espionagem em massa. Fiz uma pergunta ao presidente da Rússia, Vladimir Putin, que não pode ser respondida negativamente de um modo credível por qualquer líder que dirija um programa moderno e intrusivo de vigilância: “[O seu país] interceta, analisa ou armazena as comunicações de milhões de indivíduos?”

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Here’s How We Take Back the Internet
Edward Snowden – TED Talks, 24 Mar 2014

Mar 18, 2014 – Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.”

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Edward Snowden’s Written Testimony to the European Parliament
Edward Snowden – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Mar 2014

The NSA granted me the authority to monitor communications world-wide using its mass surveillance systems, including within the United States. I have personally targeted individuals using these systems. I know the good and the bad of these systems, and what they can and cannot do, and I am telling you that without getting out of my chair, I could have read the private communications of any member of this committee, as well as any ordinary citizen. I swear under penalty of perjury that this is true.

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An Open Letter to the People of Brazil
Edward Snowden – Folha de S. Paulo, 23 Dec 2013

These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power. Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens.

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