Courage our network

Edward Snowden’s open letter to the people of Brazil

Originally published 16/12/13 in Folha de S. Paulo. Snowden later provided some context to this letter in an interview with Fantástico.

Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera.

I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say.

I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.

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