National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared via video conference at Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights campaign in Paris last December.
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Toronto students chat with Edward Snowden


Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden will chat with about a thousand Toronto high school students via video conference on the evening of Monday, February 2.

The event was organized by students from two private schools for the annual World Affairs Conference.

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor fled the United States after leaking thousands of classified documents. He will speak from Russia where he was granted asylum. Speaking from Brazil will be Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with him to expose extensive surveillance by government spy agencies.

“Privacy vs. Security: A discussion of Personal Privacy in the Digital Age” is the title of the discussion. One of the schools, Upper Canada College, will stream the discussion live starting at 7pm EST.

Snowden also obtained and made public a document detailing massive collection of videos and documents by Canada’s electronic spy agency.

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5 comments on “Toronto students chat with Edward Snowden
  1. Yen Nied says:

    Too bad a lot of students were snowed-in today.

  2. Timothy mcflowerpower says:

    Hi there. I have a few interesting questions to ask…

    1.) Do people know you weren’t really working for the NSA, except you were improperly granted a security clearance to do IT work? Do people also know you were just an IT worker employed by USIS to service systems owned by the military (ie. You were a government contractor, and working for the same company as the navy yard shooter, except you decided to download a lot of documents, steal them, and leave the country, etc.)

    In order to be employed by the NSA (as a signals intelligence worker), which you weren’t, you’d have to have a basic electronics knowledge. You are not even an electronics technician, technologist or electrical engineer, you are just a “disgruntled” IT worker.)

    2.) Do you believe this video explains your behavior / actions accurately? If not, how do you feel it differs?

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    3.) Since surveillance has existed since the early 1900s, and the birth of electronics (which was much later), how do you feel when people tell you that military signals intelligence existed even before the “internet” was created? (Even before you were born as well.) And would they still believe everything you said?

    “I’m more willing to risk imprisonment than curtailment of my intellectual freedom,” said Snowden. “I remember what the Internet was like before it was being watched. There’s never been anything like it in the world.”

    4.) Since Exelis put worldview 3 in orbit, and lots of other countries have their own military satellites (which has enough resolution to tell whether a house-plant on the ground is sick), do you feel that America

  3. Robert says:

    Is there way to attend this conference if you do not go to the high school?