EDWARD SNOWDEN CHRISTMAS MESSAGE – It was the much awaited ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ delivered by Channel 4 in which Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, declared that a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.
Seen as a traitor by his Government and a hero for the public who feel that the NSA’s continuous intelligence gathering methods are obtrusive and unconstitutional, Edward Snowden delivered a message whereby he feels the future is blackened by those who continuously intend to intrude upon our private lives.
Edward Snowdon, along with the growing numbers of public supporters, feels these on-going discussions will determine the amount of trust people have with the Governments and the increasing technology capabilities that are developed in order to make our lives easier; but also allow our Governments to access greater levels of information about us.
Edward Snowden remains in Moscow after being given temporary asylum many months ago and spoke of his growing concerns over on-going electronic surveillance by both the US and British Security Services and Spy Agencies.
“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden told the Washing Post recently that he had achieved what he had set out to do but it is yet unclear as to whether he will continue to release any of the 1.5 million documents the US Government have accused him of holding.
In mid-December, the US Government and the NSA were discussing the possibility to providing Edward Snowden with amnesty in exchange for 1.5 million classified documents that remain in his possession; a move many US Government officials oppose due to the damage he has allegedly done to US national security interests.
Whilst the US Government continues to declare the damage of US national security assets, the public continues to be of the mindset that persecuting Edward Snowden is more about the amount of embarrassment this has caused US Government officials for being found out in the gathering of intelligence, not only from that of its citizens but also that of foreign heads of state.
It is almost certain that if Edward Snowden continued to leak the documents in his possession it could cause further embarrassment for the US Government that could well transpire to be far more damning as to their methods for gathering and using intelligence than previously thought.