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Snowden Had Meeting With Argentina's President - Lawyer
5.06.2015 18:10
Snowden Had Meeting With Argentina's President - Lawyer
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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden met with President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during her stay in Moscow in April 2015, says The Buenos Aires Herald.

      According to the newspaper, Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), confirmed yesterday that the meeting took place. Romero is one of Snowden’s attorneys in the US.

      “Snowden met with President Fernández de Kirchner. They talked for more than an hour. I don’t know why she has not made public comments about it,” Romero said during an interview with the Herald.

      “President Fernández de Kirchner was the first head of state to meet with Snowden,” he added.

      Romero did not specify the exact date of the encounter and did not make reference to the topics the two discussed.

      “On the 33rd anniversary of the Malvinas War, intelligence documents were published by the online US news outlet The Intercept and Clarín Group’s cable news channel Todo Noticias (TN) on April 2, revealing the British government was engaged in surveillance and cyber operations against the Argentine government in an attempt to shape public opinion against the country’s sovereignty claims over the islands,” says the newspaper.

      Earlier today, the NYT published an article by Edward Snowden where he gives a confident outlook of a freer world on the pages of The New York Times as his fate in Russia is still uncertain.

      In his piece, the former NSA contractor details his emotions right after the leaks were made and today, two years on. He lauds the changes that have been made to security systems around the world.

      “After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated,” says Snowden.

      “Since 2013, institutions across Europe have ruled similar laws and operations illegal and imposed new restrictions on future activities. The United Nations declared mass surveillance an unambiguous violation of human rights. In Latin America, the efforts of citizens in Brazil led to the Marco Civil, an Internet Bill of Rights. Recognizing the critical role of informed citizens in correcting the excesses of government, the Council of Europe called for new laws to protect whistle-blowers,” he goes on to say.


Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Edward Snowden NSA    

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