Snowden Christmas Message: NSA Is Worse Than '1984' Government

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Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 01:40 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden appeared in a video message that aired on Christmas Day in England, and he said the NSA is more invasive than the government's practices in the book "1984."

The video message, produced by documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, aired on England's Channel 4. Dorothy Byrne, the channel's director of news and current affairs, said they aired the video because Snowden "raises serious questions for democratic society," according to The New York Times.

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She said that the video gives "an opportunity for our viewers to hear from him directly and judge for themselves what he has to say."

Snowden continued to rail against the NSA in the video, claiming that privacy, which the agency threatens to take away from individuals, "allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."

"Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information," Snowden said. "The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go."

Snowden said the United States, Great Britain, and other countries have not worked hard enough to find a middle ground between keeping their countries safe and violating personal liberties, The Mirror reported.

"Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying," Snowden said in his message.

Washington D.C. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon this month ruled that the NSA's mass collection of data was probably unconstitutional.

An advisory committee established by President Barack Obama recommended last week that the NSA should curb its data collection.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Snowden, living in temporary asylum in Russia, said by exposing the NSA data gathering capabilities and the spying, he has already accomplished his goal.

"For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished," Snowden said. "I already won."

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