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Edward Snowden to respond to Obama’s NSA comments in live web chat

Edward Snowden to respond to Obama’s NSA comments in live web chat

Edward Snowden will conduct an hour long live Q&A online at 3pm ET Thursday.  He is also expected to respond to President Obama’s recent speech on proposed NSA reforms, according to, an official support site for the former NSA contractor.

This is the first Snowden live chat since June 2013 and will last for an hour starting at 8pm GMT, 3pm EST. Questions can be submitted on twitter on the day of the event using the #AskSnowden hashtag. Edward Snowden’s responses will appear at

The live chat comes exactly a week after US President Barack Obama gave an address in response to the public concerns raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations about US surveillance practices. In the live chat, Edward Snowden is expected to give his first reaction to the President’s speech.

Snowden participated in a similar session last June, when The Guardian hosted a live Q&A and the former NSA contractor answered questions posed by several journalists, activists and general participants.

You can follow the live Q&A here.


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BannedbytheGuardian | January 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

The tweet they have ready files of potentially embarrassing facts on all people is of interest.

Somebody has sat down & listed the parameters of what would be of potential use . I would be a natural for that job .

NSA you know where I am , I am open to offers.

I didn’t see anyone ask (I only spent a little time looking though) if he still has control of the data.

    I saw someone ask something similar, it might have been more akin to how much hadn’t been released yet or never would be released, and I was hoping it got selected but it didn’t. Would have been very interested to see the one you just asked.

    Vince in reply to dmacleo. | January 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    IIRC Greenwald has said that Snowden no longer has possession of the documents. And in an email exchange with for GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey he seems to imply as much,

    Further, no intelligence service – not even our own – has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

    [b]You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.[/b]

    With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

    Edward Snowden

I have no desire to watch that snivelling, self-serving little traitor.

However, if someone comes up from behind during the webcast and garrotes him, I’ll watch the replays.

BannedbytheGuardian | January 24, 2014 at 1:25 am

Sorry Estragon , I was laughing & accidentally hit down . I had not thought of that but it would be funny.

He didn’t really answer any relevant questions. Like the one mentioned above about where the rest of the documents are. He would have had a slam dunk case against the NSA if he had taken documents involving a few searches on verifiable US citizens, even if they were affiliated with known terrorist organizations.
What about ones he worked on himself? A run down of what he was ordered to do, why he felt it was illegal/Unconstitutional, going through it step by step would have proven his case for him if he was/is correct on the NSA’s activities. It’s even laid out for him in any crime drama plot so he wouldn’t have had to engage his genius to think it up.