Saturday, 19 January 2019

Snowden: Mass Surveillance Needs Global Solution

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  • Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. AP

    Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Edward Snowden, former US National Security Agency (NSA) analyst called for a global solution for mass surveillance issue. In his "A Manifesto for the Truth" published by German news magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday, he said that current debates in many countries on mass surveillance program help in bringing about change.

    "Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime," he said.

    In this magazine, Snowden said calls for intelligence agencies reformation showed that those agencies did conduct a mass surveillance. In an open letter last week, he counted on international support to stop Washington's 'persecution' of him.

    Leaked information about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of large volumes of internet traffic and phone records, has angered US allies from Brazil to Germany.

    In his manifesto, Snowden said mass surveillance is a global issue that needs a global solution. "We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit surveillance programs and protect human rights," he said.

    REUTERS | TRIP B