Edward Snowden Receives Sam Adams Award, Speaks On Camera For The First Time In Months

By: Zach Walton - October 14, 2013

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor that leaked details of the agency’s surveillance programs to newspapers around the world, is still hiding out somewhere in Russia. That didn’t stop the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence from delivering their most prestigious award to him though.

Now, the award is pretty big news, but what’s even bigger is that Snowden actually spoke on camera. It’s been months since he last gave any kind of spoken statement, but here we are with three short clips of his talk from WikiLeaks.

The first is a short bit where Snowden speaks on the unsurprising revelation that Intelligence Director James Clapper lied to Congress about the NSA’s capabilities. He points out the absurdity of a Justice Department that refuses to prosecute Clapper, but will do everything its power to go after whistleblowers like himself and others.

Another clip touches upon the government’s constant assurance that everything the NSA does is done with the consent of Americans. He doesn’t say that’s a lie, but rather points out that the secrecy in which the NSA’s activities are conducted make it impossible for the American people to understand, let alone consent to, what’s going on.

The third clip shows Snowden talking about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs and how they make us less safe. He argues that these programs not only do little to stop terrorist activities, but that the existence of the programs themselves threaten Americans’ freedoms and way of life.

There’s obviously more here than what WikiLeaks has posted, but the whole talk has not been put online yet. We’ll let you know if, and when, the whole thing is posted. Regardless of how you feel about Snowden, he’s an intelligent man with some very interesting things to say.

[Image: TheWikiLeaksChannel/YouTube]

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  • HiedaK

    Have you read the book “The Long Walk” by Brain Castner. He was an IED technician in the Air Force. He suffers from traumatic brain injury. He describes ambiguous pains, feelings of a heart attack, twitching, gurgling in his stomach, nightmares, day mares and the “crazy” feeling. I have never been to war, but I have all those symptoms. I was implanted with a biochip without my knowledge and consent by Newport News Police and Virginia State Police. You can see it under my skin. In Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence on page 9 it says that law enforcement would have you believe we are not safe unless they know where we are and what we are doing at all times and what we are “thinking”. I believe the suicides and ptsd are attributable to this biochip. I have a case in the Supreme Court and if I win, I will do my best to get these chips off of all of our veterans. I pray for them every day. The national institute of justice talks about tazing people into “excited delirium” to make them act in ways they wouldn’t. I believe state police to be responsible for all these shooting. I would love to know how many of the shooters were implanted with the biochip. It is torture and it has been ongoing for years. They are the true criminals.

    • @HiedaK

      People in America do not even know what they do not even know.

      Google, yes you heard right, is working in conjunction with a pill manufacturer to create a GPS tracking system that is ingested daily as a pill. I work in technology and believe me — people have no idea what is coming — none. The thing we all must remember is that vast majority of the things will NOT effect terrorists — they only effect Americans.

      The military learned long ago that the masses are the greatest threat to a government. Not terrorists. Anyone, who even vaguely knows world history knows this. In a nutshell, everything is about us. It is all about controlling the American people.

  • http://www.cornertrader.ch/ Derick Branson

    It pains me to see that a real patriot and hero like Snowden has to hide in an undisclosed place in Russia for disclosing the anti-national activities of the Federal State. Instead of treating these patriots, who risked their lives to prise open the undemocratic activities of the lawmakers, as terrorists they should be regarded as Heroes. This award is surely one step ahead towards recognizing a person’s efforts in saving a democracy.

  • JB Smith

    Read “A Note on Uberveillance” by M. D. Michael. Newport News Police and Virginia State Police had Dr. Lawrence Chang implant me w/o my knowledge and consent with a biochip. It enables torture. They use it as a sensor and pulse energy projectiles at you. I had a heart attack. It enables voice to skull communication. See LRAD white papers or audio spotlight by Holosonics. See Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence by Springer page 9. See Mental Health and Terrorism by Amin Gadit. See Bio Initiative Report 2012. See Forbescom and search Brandon Raub. Law enforcement tases citizens into “excited delirium” (see at nijorg) to make them act in ways they normally would not. I believe they are directly responsible for the Virginia Tech massacre. There are 3 reasons to have it implanted 1) mental health, 2) criminal record, and 3) infectious disease. If you don’t meet any of those requirements like me, they’ll falsify your records. All the mass shootings are the work of law enforcement. They want to take away your right to bear arms and make America a police state. They torture people into a state of what the national institute of justice calls “excited delirium.” People aren’t suddenly going crazy, they’re being tortured. I also believe the biochip to be responsible for PTSD. Read Brian Castner’s book “A Long Walk”. I have the same ambiguous pains, twitches, heart attack, night mares, day mares, gurgling, etc. I never served in the war. What do we have in common? The biochip. Suicide is one way to get relief. Virginia’s suicide rate is higher than the national average and the military suicide rate is unacceptable! I’m considering cutting the one in my back out myself.