Last Sunday evening, Snowden was interviewed by a German television network ARD. (Watch the YouTube video of the censored interview below this article.)
“The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story,” says Jay Syrmopoulos for Truth In Media. “In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.”
According to Truth In Media, the interview was treated as a major political event in print and broadcast media, in Germany and the rest of the world.
In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermines and erodes human rights and democratic freedom.
Clapper lies to the world, threatens reporters
He stated his tipping point was when “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year.
Under oath, Clapper said the government did “not wittingly” collect data on millions of Americans, a blatant lie for which he later apologized to the panel, changed his story and tried to justify his lie.
Last week, Clapper called for “Snowden and his accomplices” to return documents Snowden took from a contractor for NSA, Booze Allen, to minimize what Clapper called the “profound damage that his disclosures have caused and continued to cause.”
Snowden has repeatedly said he acted alone in assembling and leaking a vast trove of information on the scope of US surveillance efforts and even NSA’s official investigators agree with this.
Last week, Clapper also called for retaliation against reporters who have published Snowden’s leaks.
Are citizen reporters and mainstream journalists really terrorst “accomplices” for reporting Snowden’s leaks? Are they ”terrorists” also deserving assassination, as Clapper and others believe Snowden is?
When asked if journalists who possess leaked surveillance information counted in Clapper’s definition of an “accomplice”, Clapper spokesman Shawn Turner stated:
“Director Clapper was referring to anyone who is assisting Edward Snowden to further threaten our national security through the unauthorized disclosure of stolen documents related to lawful foreign intelligence collection programs.”
Turner declined to be more specific.
“The public had a right to know about these programs,” Snowden said. “The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”