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Published On: Fri, Jan 9th, 2015

Edward Snowden talks about Russia, drone use, cyber attacks, NSA

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke in a new interview about life in Russia and reviewed many of the surveillance topics, the use of cyber technology and much more.

Speaking with James Bamford in an interview released Thursday, Snowden begins by targeting the misrepresentation of his leaking surveillance details by the Obama administration, NSA heads and the press.

Snowden speaks out in a new interview Photo/Edward Snowden addressing audience at SXSW via Skype

Snowden speaks out in a new interview
Photo/Edward Snowden addressing audience at SXSW via Skype

“The NSA chief in this who replaced Keith Alexander, the former NSA director, is calling the alleged damage from the last year’s revelations to be much more insignificant than it was represented publicly over the last year. We were led to believe that the sky was going to fall, that the oceans were going to boil off, the atmosphere was going to ignite, the world would end as we know it. But what he’s saying is that it does not lead him to the conclusion that the sky is falling.”

Former US Ambassador John Bolton and Speaker of the House, John Boehner, called Snowden a traitor and perpetuated the story this doomsday fallout from the Snowden leak.

North Korea’s hack of Sony drew attention to cyber attack and this tech in 2014 and Snowden says the US started this form of warfare.

“I think the public still isn’t aware of the frequency with which these cyber-attacks, as they’re being called in the press, are being used by governments around the world, not just the US. But it is important to highlight that we really started this trend in many ways when we launched the Stuxnet campaign against the Iranian nuclear program.”

He details how the Iranians countered by attacking commercial companies, how this has the potential to be seen as an act of war and says the US does have more to lose than any other nation.

“…the bottom line is we need to put the security back in the National Security Agency. We can’t have the national surveillance agency. We’ve got to go—look, the most important thing to us is not being able to attack our adversaries, the most important thing is to be able to defend ourselves. And we can’t do that as long as we’re subverting our own security standards for the sake of surveillance….”

Snowden retreat to Russia to avoid arrest and detention has been scrutinized by critics, but he says all is well in Russia.

Snoden paints a different picture of Russia than most Americans hear and what reporters say.

“It was funny because he was talking about how I was—everybody in Russia is miserable. Russia is a terrible place. And I’m going to end up miserable and I’m going to be a drunk and I’m never going to do anything. I don’t drink. I’ve never been drunk in my life. And they talk about Russia like it’s the worst place on earth. Russia’s great.”

This extensive interivew is full of information, details from Snowden and is very interesting for those following the story – check it out HERE

Edward Snowden may have his fans, calling him a "Hero" but the US State Department is still trying to get the NSA leaker back to the US photo CodyGat via Wikimedia commons

Edward Snowden may have his fans, calling him a “Hero” but the US State Department is still trying to get the NSA leaker back to the US photo CodyGat via Wikimedia commons

 

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