On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, organizers of the popular South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive festival (SXSW) which begins tomorrow, announced Edward Snowden would be part of a virtual interaction this Monday. For those unable to attend a recording of the "Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden" will be available for free replay via here. Snowden is wanted by Barack Obama and the U.S. intelligence community for exposing American spy programs which have been seen to violate the U.S. Constitution.
Through Snowden's revelations German Chancellor Angela Merkel learned her personal cell phone was being spied on by the U.S. government along with high level government officials in her country. It was through Snowden that Americans learned Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, lied to Congress when he said the U.S. government was not spying on Americans.
The journalist who disseminated the information provided by Snowden, Glenn Greenwald will be featured later the same day at SXSW. Greenwald has recently been under fire from U.S. officials as being an accomplice to Snowden and it has been suggested he could face charges if he comes back to America.
Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, will speak at SXSW this Saturday via live satellite feed as he is unable to step onto U.S. soil after revealing embarrassing facts about how the U.S. government goes about collecting information about foreign leaders. Assange's website also has published military video exposing crimes by the U.S.
SXSW begins tomorrow and ends on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival is geared toward techies, however it is open to all as it features high quality music and will have film screenings.