posted on Apr, 17 2014 @ 11:35 PM
Well Edward Snowden, being a man greatly concerned with privacy and individual rights, went on to a televised Q and A for Putin posing the question of
whether the Russian government carries out mass surveillance. He got an answer:
President Vladimir Putin has told the National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, that Russia is not carrying out mass surveillance
programmes of the kind Snowden exposed in the US.
Snowden made a video-link appearance during Putin's marathon televised question and answer session to ask the president about Russia's attitude to
Further on this:
Putin's claims will be treated with a high degree of scepticism by western intelligence officials. With China, they regard Russia as the biggest
culprits in terms of cyber espionage and cyber theft – which is undertaken by both countries on an industrial scale.
The Guardian has reported how Russia is upgrading an electronic surveillance system known as Sorm, which is capable of capturing telephone
communications, intercepting internet traffic and storing data on subscribers including actual recordings and locations.
I wonder if Snowden was asking a rhetorical question, or was he being serious? He seems like a smart enough person to know the answer to that question
of his, that yes
they do. The United States is certainly not the only country with a mass surveillance system and I'm fairly certain the
Russian government does the same thing.
Snowden does have abit of dilemma I understand. On one hand he's hiding away from a government he views as invasive and unconstitutional but on the
other hand he's seeking asylum under the Russian government, not exactly the bastion of freedom in the world, Russia. So Snowden has to tread lightly
not upset Russian officials. Not exactly the best position to be in my opinion.