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From the traitorous comsymps at Foreign Policy:
Edward Snowden, who has become the public face of an international debate over surveillance, tops the list of Foreign Policy‘s Global Thinkers for 2013. The former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed the inner workings of the U.S. intelligence operations has been living in Russia since June and is currently wanted by U.S. law enforcement authorities and faces charges in federal court. In lieu of attending a reception in Washington on Wednesday for this year’s Global Thinkers, Snowden sent the following statement:
It’s an honor to address you tonight. I apologize for being unable to attend in person, but I’ve been having a bit of passport trouble. Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras also regrettably could not accept their invitations. As it turns out, revealing matters of “legitimate concern” nowadays puts you on the list for more than “Global Thinker” awards.
2013 has been an important year for civil society. As we look back on the events of the past year and their implications for the state of surveillance within the United States and around the world, I suspect we will remember this year less for the changes in policies that are sure to come, than for changing our minds. In a single year, people from Indonesia to Indianapolis have come to realize that dragnet surveillance is not a mark of progress, but a problem to be solved…
NSA Director Keith Alexander came in second, if that’s any comfort:
… The surveillance state Alexander has built, it seems, is here to stay, and its next move may be to take over the security of major companies threatened by cyberattack. As Alexander, who is supposed to retire in 2014, said recently, “I am concerned that this is going to break a threshold where the private sector can no longer handle it and the government is going to have to step in.”…