Edward Snowden - latest Wired article - August 2014


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Snowden: The Worst NSA Revelations Are Yet to Come

Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he’s a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn’t just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower.

Bamford spent three full days with Snowden, the longest amount of time any journalist has managed to arrange since the 31-year-old landed in Russia. The two former NSA employees covered lots of ground in that time, as well, from Snowden’s sickly youth to his grocery shopping habits in Moscow. Fun fact: When Russians recognize Snowden on the street, he simply (and one imagines, creepily) says “Shhh” and puts his finger to his lips.

Another fun(?) fact: Snowden thinks that the most damning revelations from his leaks have still yet to surface. As he told Bamford:

I think they think there’s a smoking gun in there that would be the death of them all politically. The fact that the government’s investigation failed—that they don’t know what was taken and that they keep throwing out these ridiculous huge numbers—implies to me that somewhere in their damage assessment they must have seen something that was like, ‘Holy shit.’ And they think it’s still out there.

Click through to Wired to read the full feature. Even if you think you’ve heard enough about Snowden and spies, you’ll enjoy Bamford’s unique perspective on the matter. After all, this guy was an NSA whistleblower himself. So you can be sure he knew the right questions to ask. [Wired]

Video: http://vimeo.com/102962788

Wired Article: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/


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My only comment on this is, we need maid safe yesterday.


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That was the best summation of a modern day hero that I have read. I think the path to securing our humanity is visible to many and the tools needed for success are almost within grasp. I firmly believe that a world led by the divergent geniuses will be remarkable. Edward’s last quote, “The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is, what are we going to do about it?” really speaks directly to this project.


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Yes, the last quote (“The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”) was directly targeting maidsafe.

But so was the second to last paragraph:

Nor is he optimistic that the next election will bring any meaningful reform. In the end, Snowden thinks we should put our faith in technology—not politicians. “We have the means and we have the technology to end mass surveillance without any legislative action at all, without any policy changes.” The answer, he says, is robust encryption. “By basically adopting changes like making encryption a universal standard—where all communications are encrypted by default—we can end mass surveillance not just in the United States but around the world.”

To me, that “technology” he is referring to is a decentralized, encrypted internet. i.e. MaidSafe.


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You are definitely correct. Last year I was inspired by his heroic efforts and, at least for myself, I was taking a lot of things for granted. I warned all my friends and told them at some point all my personal communications would be encrypted and provided instruction (And as much of my personal time they needed) on how they could easily achieve it for themselves, since one-sided encryption seems to have a much less powerful statement.

It has been over a year now and I have not been able to get one of my close friends to use any type of encryption. Well, at least I have got a few to improve their passwords;(…I’m at a loss. My next approach is to respond to their requests for my “help” with a copy of how to set up pgp and I will respond once I receive a request that is encrypted.