Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

July 2, 2013

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised – and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

Source (www.guardian.co.uk)

Europe and the EU need to offer political asylum to Edward Snowden now if we still care about Democracy!

And once more the most important part of the statement above:

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised – and it should be.

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FUCK ACTA: Anti ACTA demonstration in Vienna, February 25th 2012

February 26, 2012

Since I’m currently back home in Vienna I went to the Anti ACTA demonstration yesterday, starting from Europaplatz, down the Mariahilferstraße and over the Ring to the Parliament. It was an almost warm Saturday in late February and at the same time similar demonstrations took place all over Austria and Europe. My guess is we were about 5000 to max. 7000 people, police say 3000, organisers say 10 000. The crowd was mostly young, quite a few school students, the mood may be described as cheerful anger if this makes any sense to you.

As you would expect there were quite a few people with Guy Fawkes masks and other internet and reddit memes. So what I found most interesting were the banner people had brought and here is a best of selection of my favourite ones:

ACTA = Stasi 2.0

A movie is not a car

ACTA ad Acta

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System failure: Capitalism not working

System (I) Reset

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Stopp ACTA

Sharing is not stealing

bekACTA Scheiss (= Shity Shit)

“Niemand hat die Absicht eine Mauer zu errichten.” (= “No one has any intention of building a wall.”)

ACTA Assholes Creating Tyranny Again

ACTA La Vista

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Capitalism not working

End?

Yes No

Join the revolution.

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Meine Freundin ist schwanger. Mein Provider wußte es vor mir. (= My girlfriend is pregnant. My provider knew it before I did.)

You can’t control 500 Million PPL w/o making a few enemies.

Yet the best one and the one that most demonstrators seemed to agree on was pretty short, a good one to shout as well:

FUCK ACTA

Expect us.

Update (29.02.12):

There were two more banner at the demonstration that I keep thinking of and that I have not mentioned here yet (I did not write down those in my notebook – at least in terms of meaning they should be accurately quoted):

Wenn ihr uns das Internet nehmt, nehmen wir euch eure Faxgeräte (= If you take away our internet, we’ll take away your fax machines)

Ignorant me I did not quite understand that one at first and so one of my friends who was there with me on Saturday enlightened me: apparently unfriendly politician’s fax machines are being served by activists with a pitch black piece of paper – that has been looped… Now that’s mean.

And last but not least there was this one, surely way too important to be forgotten!

Don’t take away my porn


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