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Britain's Channel Four gave Edward Snowden TV platform

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Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked intelligence about the security agency's surveillance activities, broadcast a Christmas message to the world via a British tv channel. This is the first time he has made a public statement and it was aired as the "Alternative Christmas Message" on the Channel 4 network.

In the 1 minute, 43 second video, Snowden spoke about the erosion of privacy in the world and that there was a "concert of governments" that has created a worldwide surveillance network. Per The Guardian: the short film was recorded for Channel 4, which has a 20-year history of providing unusual but relevant figures as an alternative to the Queen's Christmas message shown by other U.K. broadcasters.

The Washington Post reported he was already satisfied with the outcome of the NSA surveillance leaks. Snowden pointed to journalists' enhanced ability to tell stories about the practice that has significantly spiked since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. "For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished," he said. "I already won."


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