NSA whistleblower taking part in a live Q&A [Update]


Edward Snowden will be taking part in a live Q&A at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who recently released information about the agency's large-scale surveillance program called "PRISM," will be taking part in a live question-and-answer session at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The session, which will take place at The Guardian's website, is subject to "Snowden's security concerns and also his access to a secure internet connection," the outlet noted, adding that it may take the him a while to respond. No time frame was provided for how long Snowden will answer questions during the session. Users can ask questions on The Gaurdian's website, and the outlet will "recommend" its favorite questions to the former NSA contractor.

Since Snowden leaked information on the program, Microsoft and Facebook have denied actively participating in the program, despite an earlier report from The Washington Post to the contrary. A statement from Microsoft said the company provides "customer data only when we receive a legally binding order or subpoena to do so, and never on a voluntary basis."

Microsoft later said it received "between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders" from U.S. agencies during the second half of 2012, which impacted between 31,000 and 32,000 users of its services.

Update: The Q&A session is now live on The Guardian's website.

Source: The Guardian | Image via The Guardian

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I don't understand why, instead of focusing on the leaked information, people are criticizing him.

"It's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former vice president Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American."

I wonder if, after the Q&A, the Guardian will publish the remaining thirty-nine slides they received.... Only five ones published so far....

Eastern Standard time is -5 hours to GMT. Daylight time is -4. No matter whether you are using Daylight time or not, it can never be -6 hours... Check your clock.

The Guardian is an english news media, why is the time in the article in EST and not BST?
I don't care what time EST is it, put BST time and let americans work out what time EST it should be for once.

Don't make a big deal of out this. It's "EST time" because this is related USA only. This has nothing to do with Britain or the rest of the world for that matter. You seems to forgetting that this whistleblower news has to do about USA government

webeagle12 said,
Don't make a big deal of out this. It's "EST time" because this is related USA only.

Yes, but it should read 11am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) **NOT** 11am EST (Eastern Standard Time)

webeagle12 said,
This has nothing to do with Britain or the rest of the world for that matter. You seems to forgetting that this whistleblower news has to do about USA government

Absolutely wrong. Besides the fact that the leak was to a British newspaper, it concerns surveillance *worldwide* by the NSA, the involvement of (*British*) GCHQ, and further allegations in this morning's paper concerning supposed *British* surveillance. The USA has no monopoly of this story,

In other news, NSA whistleblower picked up by <insert government police/security force for whatever country he is in here> at 11:01 a.m. EST