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Snowden to address Brits in Christmas program

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 24, 2013 at 11:04 a.m.


In this file image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow.

LONDON — Britain's Channel 4 says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in its annual "Alternative Christmas Message," a slot typically reserved for provocative or offbeat addresses.

The television channel said Tuesday that the appearance would be Snowden's first television broadcast since he arrived in Moscow, where he has been granted temporary asylum after his exposure of the NSA's secret domestic surveillance apparatus. Snowden's revelations have prompted a global debate over the limits of surveillance and the value of privacy.

The queen delivers Britain's "Royal Christmas Message," but Channel 4 has used its parody version to give a platform to people as diverse as Iran's then-President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in 2008, and fictional characters including Ali G. and Marge Simpson in 1999 and 2004 respectively.

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Fdworfe says... December 24, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.

To be totally fair to Mr. Edward Snowden, if and when he ever returns to US shores, maybe he should be given a brain scan along with intensive psychiatric examination either before or during whatever due legal process he faces. He seems a dreamer, messianic perhaps—almost certainly unable to cope indefinitely with the imperfect art of gathering intelligence, his self-evaluated genius unrecognized within the contract bureaucracy. A complex man? Perhaps not overly so. Just impatient, delusional enough to be dangerous in a highly sensitive job. But who knew?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 24, 2013 at 5:23 p.m.

Yes, how we knew how our rights were being flushed.

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