Alexandra Bruce
February 14, 2015

The New Yorker presents Edward Snowden in conversation with Jane Mayer.

Ed Snowden points that Liberal Democracies, such as that of the US are supposed to be based on the consent of the governed but when so much is done in secret, without such consent, the intelligence agencies are then in breach of the Constitution.

As to his being stopped in Moscow, which was never his intent, Snowden muses as to why he was *stopped* from continuing onto Latin America – where there is actually a robust CIA presence – and where it would have been relatively easy to capture him, and to take him somewhere to get rendered – whereas, in Russia, he is much more protected.

Snowden feels as if his unwilling revocation of his Passport in Moscow is some way preserved him and he wonders why that very conscious decision was made.

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