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The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding at TEDxAthens (Transcript)

Luke Harding

Here is the full transcript of British journalist Luke Harding’s TEDx Talk on The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man at TEDxAthens conference.

(Video) Edward Snowden: The NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default.

Barack Obama: The U.S. is not spying on ordinary people, who don’t threaten our national security.

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 and policies are right or wrong. It’s entirely appropriate for a program to exist, to look at foreign data.

Alan Rusbridger: What Snowden is trying to draw attention to is the degree to which we are on a road to total surveillance.

Andrew Parker: The work we do is addressing directly threats to this country, to our way of life, to this country and to people who live here.

Edward Snowden: You can’t come forward against the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk, because they are such powerful adversaries that no one can meaningfully oppose them. If they want to get you, they’ll get you in time.

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