March 10, 2014
National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden told attendees at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday that they are “firefighters” in the fight against mass surveillance.
“The NSA … they’re setting fire to the future of the Internet,” Snowden said. “The result has been an adversarial Internet.”
Snowden spoke via teleconference from Russia â€” where he was granted asylum from U.S. espionage charges â€” through seven proxies, organizers said. A green screen behind Snowden projected an image of the U.S. Constitution.