In this podcast, former Central Intelligence Agency staffer Edward Snowden explains why he blew the whistle on government spying.
Mass surveillance, he said during the Parliamentary Assembly hearing on protecting whistleblowers, was a violation of legal rights and human rights, which was “beneath the United States.”
According to Snowden, who appeared via a link from Moscow, it was his “duty” to reveal the programmes used by the American intelligence services to spy on American citizens and people around the world.
Snowden denied that his revealtions had caused harm to national security, insisting that good has come from his whistle-blowing.
Podcast: Edward Snowden’s testimony to Parliamentary Assembly hearing on mass state surveillance