Patriot, traitor, whistle-blower and thief are all words that have been used to describe Edward Snowden. Which ever one of those words you words you think best describe the former NSA (national security agency) contractor there is once place that you will be able to hear him and ask him questions. That one place will be the SXSW (South by Southwest Interactive Festival) where he will appear via teleconference on March 10th from Russia where he has been granted temporary asylum.
"The conversation will be focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance," an SXSW news release says.
Edward Snowden's name quickly became a household name when he fled the United States, in June of 2013, and started releasing secrets from an NSA surveillance project that has been ongoing under the last two Presidential administrations. Since that time Mr. Snowden has been listed as a fugitive and has been living in Russia
"The growth of social media has fueled so much of the growth of the online ecosystem, but the revelations from the summer of 2013 expose the costs and downsides of this growth," Hugh Forrest, director of SXSW Interactive.
If you can't attend the SXSW festival you will still have a chance to participate in the question & answer session by listening in on the The Texas Tribune website. Then after the live broadcast the recording will be available for download on the ACLU's (American civil liberty union) website.