PRINCETON: Edward Snowden defends his decision to leak classified information
Unapologetic in appearance at university via video from Moscow
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told a Princeton University audience Saturday that mass surveillance by the government is wrong and defended his decision to leak classified information about those programs to the media.
In his remarks, he was unapologetic for divulging troves of government secrets that led the Justice Department to charge him with espionage, have the government revoke his passport and see him live under asylum in Russia since 2013. He argued against mass surveillance and criticized government officials for authorizing it.
“Because whether you agree with me, whether you agree with the NSA, there’s really no question that these programs are controversial,” he said appearing by video from Moscow. “There’s really no question that these programs never should have been instituted in the first place. Or we wouldn’t have the Congress right now, both Republicans and Democrats coming together to say, ‘Look, we need to stop mass surveillance.’ ”
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If I were writing these essays for a high school class, chances are, I would get a failing grade. That’s because one rule trumps all the others in most essays assigned in English classes: do not use the pronoun “I.” Yet this one little letter is so extremely important to writers that to banish it dehumanizes the English class and blocks the opportunity for both self-discovery and self-expression.
Happy Birthday Orson
Classic films at the Garden Theatre
ORSON Welles was born on May 6, 1915, and in honor of his 100th birthday, the Princeton Garden Theatre is presenting a tribute to his filmmaking talents, May 6 through June 3.
”Orson Welles was a man of many talents — actor, director, writer and producer. He is remembered for groundbreaking work in not only film, but theater and radio as well,” says John Toner, executive director of the Princeton Garden Theatre. “The first film he directed, 1941’s ‘Citizen Kane,’ is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.”
A talented stage magician and noted Shakespearean actor, Welles was active in Hollywood for more than three decades. In 1971, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary award “For superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures.”
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