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Edward Snowden introduces CITIZENFOUR in Leipzig

On Monday 27 October, Edward Snowden gave a short introduction to Laura Poitras’ documentary Citizenfour, on the occasion of its screening at Leipzig’s Dok Leipzig film festival.

As the ACLU point out in their write-up, Leipzig’s history as the place where the demonstrations that the brought the down the Berlin wall started, forms the background to Edward Snowden’s short statement.

A full transcript follows below

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Germany tapped Frankfurt internet exchange for the NSA

This summer, reporting based on documents disclosed by Edward Snowden gave an indication of the extent of German cooperation with NSA surveillance. In particular, Der Spiegel’s reporting drew attention to the involvement of Germany’s BND in the NSA’s corporate partnerships and the agencies’ jointly staffed projects based at Bad Aibling in Bavaria.

Further investigation by Süddeutsche Zeitung in June shed light on what one of those joint projects involved: the tapping of the DE-CIX internet exchange in Frankfurt, the largest in Europe.

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Edward Snowden receives 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award

Announced on 24 September 2014, awarded on 1 December 2014

Edward Snowden and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger have been named as joint winners  of the 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award. The awards, often referred to as the “alternative Nobel Prize” have been awarded every year since 1980 and recognise achivement in fields which do not have dedicated Nobel Prizes, but offer “practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.”

The citation for Edward Snowden’s award says he has been honoured “for his courage and skill in revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.”

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Could Switzerland grant Edward Snowden safe passage?

Switzerland’s Attorney General has raised the possibility that Edward Snowden could testify about NSA surveillance in Switzerland – and apply for asylum there – without fear of onward extradition to the United States.

The written legal opinion, seen by Swiss newspapers le Matin Dimanche and Sonntags Zeitung, states there is no legal impediment to Mr Snowden being granted Swiss asylum but leaves open the possibility of “higher state obligations” taking priority. While those “higher state obligations” are left undefined, this is – on the face of it – a rather more positive response than inquiries seeking Mr Snowden’s participation in person have received elsewhere.

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