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Edward Snowden Quote: “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

— Edward Snowden



Edward Snowden Quote: “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.”

Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped.”

Truth is coming and it cannot be stopped.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “What is right is not always the same as what is legal.”

What is right is not always the same as what is legal.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.”

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I would rather be without a state than without a voice.”

I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.”

Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively are less free.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “We don’t have to ask for our privacy, we can take it back.”

We don’t have to ask for our privacy, we can take it back.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.”

If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.”

I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.

— Edward Snowden



Edward Snowden Quote: “I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.”

I had been looking for leaders, but I realized that leadership is about being the first to act.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The NSA and Israel wrote Stuxnet together.”

The NSA and Israel wrote Stuxnet together.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “If you seek to help, join the open source community and fight to keep the spirit of the press alive and the internet free. I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.”

If you seek to help, join the open source community and fight to keep the spirit of the press alive and the internet free. I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American.”

Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights.”

When you say, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ you’re saying, ‘I don’t care about this right.’ You’re saying, ‘I don’t have this right, because I’ve got to the point where I have to justify it.’ The way rights work is, the government has to justify its intrusion into your rights.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The NSA was actually concerned back in the time of the crypto-wars with improving American security. Nowadays, we see that their priority is weakening our security, just so they have a better chance of keeping an eye on us.”

The NSA was actually concerned back in the time of the crypto-wars with improving American security. Nowadays, we see that their priority is weakening our security, just so they have a better chance of keeping an eye on us.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago.”

All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Privacy is a function of liberty.”

Privacy is a function of liberty.

— Edward Snowden



Edward Snowden Quote: “My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.”

My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Your rights matter, because you never know when you’re going to need them.”

Your rights matter, because you never know when you’re going to need them.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law.”

There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “You shouldn’t change your behavior because a government agency somewhere is doing the wrong thing. If you sacrifice your values because you’re afraid, you don’t care about those values very much.”

You shouldn’t change your behavior because a government agency somewhere is doing the wrong thing. If you sacrifice your values because you’re afraid, you don’t care about those values very much.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change.”

The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.”

If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.”

The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “It’s really hard to take that step-not only do I believe in something, I believe in it enough that I’m willing to set my own life on fire and burn it to the ground.”

It’s really hard to take that step-not only do I believe in something, I believe in it enough that I’m willing to set my own life on fire and burn it to the ground.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.”

Initially I was very encouraged. Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.”

The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.”

I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “So many of the things we’re told by the government simply aren’t true.”

So many of the things we’re told by the government simply aren’t true.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I went to a website the other day and right at the top of the page it showed me my ip address. It was the most disturbing moment I have ever experienced. This website even told me what internet browser I was using, and what day it was. Computers can do anything.”

I went to a website the other day and right at the top of the page it showed me my ip address. It was the most disturbing moment I have ever experienced. This website even told me what internet browser I was using, and what day it was. Computers can do anything.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.”

The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I do not expect to see home again.”

I do not expect to see home again.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The NSA routinely lies in response to congressional inquiries about the scope of surveillance in America.”

The NSA routinely lies in response to congressional inquiries about the scope of surveillance in America.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”

The question for us is not what new story will come out next. The question is, what are we going to do about it?

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “You shouldn’t send an email from a computer that’s associated with you if you don’t want it to be tracked back to you. You don’t want to hack the power plant from your house if you don’t want them to follow the trail back and see your IP address.”

You shouldn’t send an email from a computer that’s associated with you if you don’t want it to be tracked back to you. You don’t want to hack the power plant from your house if you don’t want them to follow the trail back and see your IP address.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I’m not going to be part of that.”

I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I’m not going to be part of that.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The community of technical experts who really manage the internet, who built the internet and maintain it, are becoming increasingly concerned about the activities of agencies like the NSA or Cyber Command, because what we see is that defense is becoming less of a priority than offense.”

The community of technical experts who really manage the internet, who built the internet and maintain it, are becoming increasingly concerned about the activities of agencies like the NSA or Cyber Command, because what we see is that defense is becoming less of a priority than offense.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Let’s put it this way. The United States government has assembled a massive investigation team into me personally, into my work with the journalists, and they still have no idea what documents were provided to the journalist, what they have, what they don’t have, because encryption works.”

Let’s put it this way. The United States government has assembled a massive investigation team into me personally, into my work with the journalists, and they still have no idea what documents were provided to the journalist, what they have, what they don’t have, because encryption works.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries.”

We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “The definition of a security state is one that prioritizes security over all other considerations.”

The definition of a security state is one that prioritizes security over all other considerations.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.”

Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “We watch our own people more closely than anyone else in the world.”

We watch our own people more closely than anyone else in the world.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence.”

We have seen enough criminality on the part of government. It is hypocritical to make this allegation against me. They have narrowed the public sphere of influence.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “There are times throughout history and it doesn’t take long for either an American or a German, to think about times in the history of their country where the law provided the Government to do things which were not right.”

There are times throughout history and it doesn’t take long for either an American or a German, to think about times in the history of their country where the law provided the Government to do things which were not right.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.”

I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “FBI creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around.”

FBI creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around.

— Edward Snowden


Edward Snowden Quote: “I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.”

I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light.

— Edward Snowden

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