Snowden: “Asking Is Always Cheaper Than Spying”

NSA leaker Edward Snowden urged the U.S. and other world powers to "end mass surveillance" Wednesday in his first televised interview since arriving in Russia to avoid prosecution in the U.S. "Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying," Snowden said in the pre-recorded interview broadcast on Britain's Channel 4. The self-described whistle-blower compared modern surveillance techniques to George Orwell’s novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and said that "a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all." Snowden added that, "we have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person." The interview was filmed by Laura Poitras, who along with journalist Glenn Greenwald first published documents leaked by Snowden in May 2013.

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