Snowden describes Trump’s victory as ‘a dark moment in American history’
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, while addressing an audience in the Netherlands in a live video chat from Russia, urged people to work together to protect themselves from intrusive government surveillance as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House.
He said he is not afraid of Russian president Vladimir Putin turning him over to the US as a favor to President-elect Donald Trump. Snowden said it would be “crazy to dismiss” the prospect of Trump striking a deal with Putin that leads to his extradition and trial.
“If I was worried about safety, if the security and the future of myself was all that I cared about, I would still be in Hawaii,” said Snowden who has been stranded since disclosing revelations of widespread National Security Agency surveillance in 2013.
He said that he is proud of the choices he had made, “I think I did the right thing. While I can’t predict what the future looks like, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, I can be comfortable with the way I’ve lived to today.”
Snowden has repeatedly said he would be prepared to return to the US if he is allowed to address a jury and tell them why he did what he did.
Snowden described Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s US presidential elections as “a dark moment” in American history, and insisted the bigger question was “how do we defend the rights of everyone, everywhere, without regard to borders?” He added, “If we want a better world, we can’t hope for an Obama, or fear a Trump. We should build it ourselves.”
Speaking via an encrypted live video stream at a cinema in Amsterdam ahead of the Dutch premiere of director Oliver Stone’s new movie about his life, Snowden commented on US election results saying, “I try not to look at this as a question of a single election or a single president or even a single government, because we see these threats coming across borders.”
He appealed people that if we work together we can build something better and can enjoy a more free and a more liberal society that benefits everyone.