In case you misssed it:

English: John Oliver at Barnes & Noble Union S...

English: John Oliver at Barnes & Noble Union Square for the launch of Earth (The Book), the 2010 book from the writers of The Daily Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Oliver presses Edward Snowden on whether he read all leaked NSA material | US news | The Guardian.








In Afghanistan, a Yearbook Takes on Special Significance

“I want to be an engineer and help Afghanistan become a more developed country,” says Naib, a student in Class Eight at the Roots of Peace School in Mir Bacha Kot in the Kabul Province of Afghanistan. He is responding to a question posed by photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, who asked Naib and his classmates about their hopes for the future while making their portraits for the school yearbook.”

2 thoughts on “In case you misssed it:

  1. Ha! Interesting you should post this article about the Snowden interview with John Oliver. I happened to read the Guardian article as well as I am preparing for my talk at the IPP this Monday and looking at current developments.

    I think it’s telling that the release of documents by Snowden may also have exposed and subsequently endangered intelligence activities unrelated to mass surveillance, as conceded by Snowden himself:

    The Last Week Tonight host claimed that the improper redaction of a document by the New York Times exposed intelligence activity against al-Qaida.

    “That is a problem,” Snowden replied.

    “Well, that’s a fuck-up,” Oliver shot back, forcing Snowden to agree.

    “That is a fuck-up,” Snowden replied. “Those things do happen in reporting. In journalism we have to accept that some mistakes will be made. This is a fundamental concept of liberty.”

    Telling how? This whole morass not a neat black and white issue about good versus bad or about government mass surveillance versus individual privacy or any one of the issues that whistleblowing touches on. It seems there are casualties to be expected in the stand-off between an individual who thinks he is right about a government agency doing wrong and governments who consider such an activity espionage or worse. You could call this disclosure ‘accidental espionage,’ to the benefit of those who now know they are spied upon–some damage or casualties were inflicted. You probably could also draw an analogy between cyberwar of the individual against government with war itself, and the Rome Statue that non-military casualties themselves are not yet war crimes. So Snowden might well be right in his response, although it does nothing to ‘de-muddle’ the waters.

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