Dylan Stableford
March 10, 2014

National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden told attendees at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday that they are “firefighters” in the fight against mass surveillance.

“The NSA … they’re setting fire to the future of the Internet,” Snowden said. “The result has been an adversarial Internet.”

Snowden spoke via teleconference from Russia — where he was granted asylum from U.S. espionage charges — through seven proxies, organizers said. A green screen behind Snowden projected an image of the U.S. Constitution.

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