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    Last month, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told the host of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast that he perceives himself as a “privacy advocate” rather than a celebrity and that he “would much rather go unrecognised”.

    US whistleblower Edward Snowden has appealed to common sense when explaining his irreconcilable stance on interviews with Russian news outlets.

    When asked by Elena Chernenko from the Russian daily Kommersant if it’s true that he doesn’t want to talk to the Russian press, the Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor tweeted that “someone facing serious threats may not want their face all over newspapers and TV every day in the place they live”.

    “I prefer privacy and liberty to celebrity and daily metro encounters”, Snowden emphasised, asking journalists to respect his stance and leave him alone.

    The remarks echoed those made by the whistleblower during his interview with the host of the “Joe Rogan Experience" podcast last month when Snowden admitted that he had “never had a negative interaction from being recognised”.

    “But for me, because I’m a privacy advocate, I would much rather go unrecognised; I don’t want to be a celebrity. But the other thing is, I’ll get recognised in computer stores and I think there’s just a mental association where people are like their brain when it’s cycling through faces that it recognises, it’s going through the subset of nerdier people or something like that when you’re in a computer store because for whatever reason, I’m recognised much more frequently when there’s some technological locusts,” he said.

    Snowden went even further by claiming that “people don’t remember” him being “actually en route to Latin America when the US government cancelled my passport, which trapped me in Russia”.

    He added that those interested in the matter should take note of the fact that he wrote “an entire book that has a lot of detail on this”, in a nod to “Permanent Record”, his memoir, which was published earlier that month. According to him, the book contains “details of the CIA and NSA's classified crimes”.

    Publisher of Snowden's New Book Vows Not to Pay Him Any Profits Until April

    In a separate development, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said in an order that the publisher of Snowden’s new book had promised not to pay him any profits from the sales of the memoir until 1 April 2020,

    In September, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Snowden, accusing him of violating non-disclosure agreements that he signed with the NSA before working as a subcontractor. 

    Copies of the book titled Permanent Record by US former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden are for sale on the sidelines of a video conference in that he spoke about the book on September 17, 2019 in Berlin
    Copies of the book titled "Permanent Record" by US former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden are for sale on the sidelines of a video conference in that he spoke about the book on September 17, 2019 in Berlin
    Additionally, US authorities said in the complaint that since Snowden had gained popularity due to the appropriation of government information, he does not have the right to profit from the data that was published in the memoir.

    In June 2013, Snowden handed a series of classified material over to The Washington Post and The Guardian about the NSA’s global surveillance programs that collected telephone, email, and internet browsing data on nearly everyone in the US  despite a law prohibiting spying on citizens without a court order.

    Since then, Snowden has been in self-imposed exile in Russia; he recently revealed that he would like to return home, but only if Washington guarantees him a fair trial.


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