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    NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden's Interview With The Intercept (VIDEO)

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    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden commented on Trump's wiretapping claims and the Wikileaks' major revelation on CIA spying activities in an interview with The Intercept, an online news outlet that extensively reports on the classified documents leaked by Snowden.

    The Intercept host Jeremy Scahill started the interview off by asking Snowden whether the allegations made by the US President Donald Drumpf that Barack Obama could have ordered the Drumpf Tower to be wiretapped, could be correct. Snowden pointed out that, for instance, the NSA is capable of hacking anyone, anywhere without a court order, which is important to remember. 

    Wiretapping requires a warrant, however, in reality a person can be surveilled on without it, Snowden said. For the officers of the US intelligence agencies, gaining access to devices around the world is as easy as pressing a button, Snowden said adding that, when agents "hit a wall" in their investigations they are urged to use any means that are at their disposal, like mass surveillance.

    Snowden presumed that thus the intelligence agencies could gain access even to Barack Obama's Blackberry: "Had Obama wanted to read Donald Drumpf's communications, the NSA could have done that even without an order," Snowden said.

    However, Snowden expressed disbelief in Drumpf's wiretapping claims: "We can't take them seriously because no evidence backs them."

    On March 4, Drumpf took to Twitter to accuse Obama of having his Drumpf Tower headquarters' "wires tapped" prior to the 2016 presidential election, describing this as the former administration's "new low. The president went on to compare the alleged surveillance to McCarthyism and the Watergate scandal. The claims have been rejected by Obama's representative.

    The following day, the White House said that Drumpf had asked the Congress to investigate this issue.

    FBI Director James Comey disputed Drumpf's allegation and asked the Justice Department to publicly denounce the claim, since such wiretapping order is considered to be illegal without a court's approval.

    Scahill found time for jokes, too.

    Snowden then moved to comment on the recent 'Vault 7' archive released by WikiLeaks.

    "The most important thing is that now we have evidence… that [the US intelligence agencies] are supporting the commercial market to make Internet-connected devices less secure," Snowden said.

    Snowden also said that he doesn't understand why the information that Smart TV's and other devices can spy on people shocked people most of all. He recalled other cases of widely used devices routinely being hacked that smart TVs didn't seem at all as important to him.

    On March 7, Wikileaks began publishing what it said was a large archive of classified CIA-related files dubbed "Vault 7." The first part of the release shed light on hacking techniques developed and employed by the agency, including programs targeting all major computer operating systems.

    According to the leak, the CIA in collaboration with the UK Security Service MI5 devised a technology that would allow to turn on a television set's audio recording capabilities remotely. The documents related to the techniques contained several references specifically to Samsung television sets.

    Snowden finished his interview by calling on people to do more to protect their privacy.

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      jas
      Wiretapping requires a warrant, however, in reality a person can be surveilled on without it, Snowden said.
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      Snowden uses the same language as the Trump haters. There is no difference between an illegal wiretap or any other surveillance not clearly prohibited and controlled by Obama. The excuse of not knowing that a candidate for POTUS was being spied on is complete BS.

      Anyone with any experience in big government knows that NOTHING like that would happen without Obama's OK. And the fact theatObama facilitated this illegal surveillance by making it "legal" to spread that information to more accomplices that would leak it is a thread that helps prove constructive knowledge of the spying. Someone in Obama's position would KNOW that was happening or was possible. Legally, that is the same as a clear order to do it. Gangs and criminals syndicates are prosecuted all of the time with similar methods.
    • John Twining
      Thanks for airing this, Sputnik. Unfortunately I missd the beginning so I don't know if Snowden addressed the explosive breaking story that Judge Napolitano is pointing at UK GCHQ fulfilling Obama's request for 'wiretap' transcripts on Trump's private calls.
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      maxxus
      It's the modus operandi of the deep state, of course Trump's communications were hacked and tapped.
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      Al-Fateh 1st Sept.
      Drumpf???
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      TravelAboutin reply toAl-Fateh 1st Sept.(Show commentHide comment)
      Either Sputnik is trying to be funny or their article reviewers were asleep on this one. It doesn't reflect well on them whichever is the case.
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      anton
      It is funny when he asks if he is a FSB agent since he is a western intelligence agent!
    • choticastilein reply toAl-Fateh 1st Sept.(Show commentHide comment)
      Al-Fateh 1st Sept., Read about this some time ago, but yes here are more details:
      www.bustle.com/articles/144969-what-does-drumpf-mean-donald-trumps-original-family-surname-has-an-ap
    • choticastilein reply toTravelAbout(Show commentHide comment)
      TravelAbout, If you're referring to SN's spelling of Trump's surname-- its not in any way offensive ... Trump is easier to pronounce-- hence the original surname, was changed very very long ago -- Trump does not hide his heritage.

      www.bustle.com/articles/144969-what-does-drumpf-mean-donald-trumps-original-family-surname-has-an-ap
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      TravelAboutin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, thanks for the info and link!
    • choticastile
      After watching and trying to take in the enormity of Snowden's revelations w.r.t. global surveillance-- I can only say, I did not only experience a deep compassion for ordinary American people, but for all us ordinary souls, all over the world.

      Literally, as Jon Rappoport has over and over tried to make us aware, have tried to wake up the mass of humanity to the fact that we do live in a Matrix. Yet, like Snowden said, most people are good people, simply following orders-- no matter in what capacity they are employed. Most have families, they have bills to pay and they need to keep their jobs. What time or chance is there to stand up against such a ginormous global network of surveillance-- long since established, exceedingly powerful and getting evermore sophisticated daily? -- That is after a hard day's work--??

      Yet, as he says, people should somehow do it, because if we don't its simply going to get worse-- and beyond our imagination worse. God help us all!
    • choticastilein reply toTravelAbout(Show commentHide comment)
      TravelAbout, You're welcome!
    • choticastile
      Ed Snowden you're a brave man-- literally you are giving your life, not only to save the country you love, but the whole world. The United States of America should feel proud of you, because you're a true blue American of the old school. May God bless and keep you safe-- always.
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