There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law.

— Edward Snowden

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Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

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Your rights matter, because you never know when you're going to need them.

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It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised - and it should be.

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Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen, from the violations of and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries.

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I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.

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We need to think about encryption not as this sort of arcane, black art. It's a basic protection.

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The sad truth is that societies that demand whistleblowers be martyrs often find themselves without either, and always when it matters the most.

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Because, remember, I didn't want to change society.

I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.

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I can't in good conscience allow the U.

S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building.

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Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we've been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.

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Any analyst at any time can target anyone.

Any selector, anywhere I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President

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The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.

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About Edward Snowden

Quotes 437 sayings
Profession System Administrator
Birthday June 21, 1983

If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.

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Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.

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Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest.

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I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.

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There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny - they should be setting the example of transparency.

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The internet is the most complex system that humans have ever invented.

And with every internet enabled operation that we've seen so far, all of these offensive operations, we see knock on effects. We see unintended consequences.

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I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.

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America is a fundamentally good country.

We have good people with good values who want to do the right thing. But the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedom of all publics.

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When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights.

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You can't come up against the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and not accept the risk.

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In the end, the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised - and it should be.

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The people at the NSA aren't trying to ruin your life.

They're not trying to put you in authoritarian dystopia. These are normal people trying to do good work in hard circumstances.

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Anyway, it's not true that the authorities cannot access the content of the phone even if there is no back door. When I was at the NSA, we did this every single day, even on Sundays. I believe that encryption is a civic responsibility, a civic duty.

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The way the United States intelligence community operates is it doesn't limit itself to the protection of the homeland. It doesn't limit itself to countering terrorist threats, countering nuclear proliferation. It's also used for economic espionage, for political spying to gain some knowledge of what other countries are doing.

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As for labeling someone a whistleblower, I think it does them - it does all of us - a disservice, because it "otherizes" us.

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Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it.

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I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.

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When you're attacking a router on the internet, and you're doing it remotely, it's like trying to shoot the moon with a rifle. Everything has to happen exactly right. Every single variable has to be controlled and precisely accounted for. And that's not possible to do when you have limited knowledge of the target you're attacking.

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My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.

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Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.

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There's not much value to us attacking Chinese systems.

We might take a few computers offline. We might take a factory offline. We might steal secrets from a university research programs, and even something high-tech. But how much more does the United States spend on research and development than China does?

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If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they're working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.

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Before 2013, if you said the NSA was making records of everybody's phone calls and the [Government Communications Headquarters] was monitoring lawyers and journalists, people raised eyebrows and called you a conspiracy theorist. Those days are over.

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There were no whistleblower protections that would've protected me - and that's known to everybody in the intelligence community. There are no proper channels for making this information available when the system fails comprehensively.

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I'm saying we need to be aware of it, and we need to be able to distinguish when political developments are occurring that are contrary to the public interest.

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I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.

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Radicalism and extremism, while they are dangers, they exist in every society on some level.

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The true measurement of a person's worth isn't what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs. If you're not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren't real.

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For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished.

I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.

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Richard Nixon got kicked out of Washington for tapping one hotel suite.

Today we're tapping every American citizen in the country, and no one has been put on trial for it or even investigated. We don't even have an inquiry into it.

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These [NSA] programs were never about terrorism: they're about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They're about power.

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If we don't do anything, if we go along with the status quo, we are going to have a mass surveillance world.

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It is interesting that so many people who become disenchanted, who protest against their own organizations, are people who contributed something to them and then saw how it was misused.

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The United States has faced threats from criminal groups, from terrorists, from spies throughout our history, and we have limited our responses. We haven't resorted to total war every time we have a conflict around the world, because that restraint is what defines us. That restraint is what gives us the moral standing to lead the world.

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Everyone everywhere now understands how bad things have gotten — and they’re talking about it. They have the power to decide for themselves whether they are willing to sacrifice their privacy to the surveillance state.

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Chelsea Manning got thirty-five years in prison, while I'm still free.

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We have to be able to reject disproportionate and unjustified responses in the cyber domain just as we do in the physical domain.

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