After being forced to flee to Russia to avoid prosecution from the United States government after leaking classified information about U.S. surveillance programmes, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was interviewed by John Oliver.
Snowden claimed that while he misses the USA and his family, he was more than willing to elaborate on the mass surveillance programmes and put it into language the general public could understand after being asked to do so by the host of ‘Last Week Tonight’.
Snowden explained that while there is no actual ‘dick pics’ programme, the government were still amassing intimate pictures, explaining:
If you have your email somewhere like Gmail hosted on a server overseas or transferred overseas or anytime it crosses outside the borders of the United States, your junk ends up in the database,
PRISM ( a programme which collects data from tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and others) is how they pull your junk out of Google, without Google’s involvement. I guess I never thought about putting it in the context of your junk.
He also made it very clear that despite the danger of the US government accessing ‘dick pics’ should you send them online, he thinks people should still send them and ‘stick to their values.’
[via Huffington Post]