Snowden: NSA can track hidden online presence

Edward Snowden warns in a new TV interview that the National Security Agency can track people no matter how well they hide their online presence.

“The public has a right to know that, which the government is doing in its name,” Snowden said. “Anywhere you try and hide your online presence, the NSA can find you.”

German broadcaster NDR recently interviewed Snowden at a secret location in Moscow. The conversation aired on Monday evening on SBS ONE in Australia. 

“The government has decided it’s a good idea to collect it all, everything, even if you’ve never been suspected of any crime.”

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Since last June, Snowden has been leaking highly classified United States documents that have detailed these NSA programs.

He did an interview with the German TV network late last month when he addressed a story in BuzzFeed in which officials threatened his life. 

In the latest interview, Snowden said he’s “not going to be afraid” of reports that say U.S. officials want to see him dead.

“They said they would be happy, they would love to put a bullet in my head,” he said, “to poison me as I was returning from the grocery store and have me die in the shower.”

Snowden said he rejects President Obama’s demands for him to return to the U.S. to face espionage charges.

“What he doesn’t say is that the crimes he has charged me with are crimes that … don’t allow me to defend myself in an open court to the public and convince a jury,” Snowden said. 

“It’s, I would say, illustrative that the president would choose to say someone should face the music when he knows the music is a show trial.”