Don’t Forget About Edward Snowden


The Guardian has been in possession of the only on-camera interview with Edward Snowden for more than a month, but only today, after a long holiday weekend, did it decide to publish the second part of the sit-down. “I joined the intelligence community when I was very young,” Snowden said on June 6, from Hong Kong, about his motivations to become a leaker and international fugitive. “I believed in the goodness of what we were doing. I believed in the nobility of our intentions to free oppressed people overseas. But over time, over the length of my career, as I watched the news and I increasingly was exposed to true information that had not been propagandized in the media, [I learned] that we were actually involved in misleading the public and misleading all publics, in order to create a certain mindset in the global consciousness. I was actually a victim of that.”

While the clip addresses questions that may have been more relevant weeks ago, it does serve as a reminder about his ongoing plight. “Venezuela is waiting for an answer from Snowden. This, perhaps, is his last chance to receive political asylum,” said a Russian official about the developments of the last few days. If not Venezuela, perhaps via Cuba, “he will have to stay and marry Anna Chapman.”