Edward Snowden speaks: US blackout of interview (Updated with new video source)

By Charlton Stanley, Weekend Contributor

NSA logo smallLast Sunday, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed for the German television network ARD.  The interview was big news in Germany and much of the world in both print and broadcast media. However, the interview appears to have been blocked intentionally by US government authorities. In fact, the media in the US appears to have gone to ‘radio silence’ about it. It has been posted on YouTube several times, but is taken down almost immediately.  The video site Vimeo has it embedded, but as I write this, Vimeo is under a DDoS attack.  LiveLeak also has it, and that video is embedded in this report by Jay Syrmopoulos for  Ben Swann’s news page.

Mr. Snowden spoke candidly in a thirty-minute English language interview with the reporter from ARD.

He says his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress.” That was when Clapper denied the existence of a domestic spying programs when he testified before Congress in March of last year. Snowden added, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”

In case Ben Swann’s page is taken down, along with the LiveLeak video, here is the interview on Vimeo. Offered without commentary, since Edward Snowden can speak for himself.

An internet search revealed the Edward Snowden interview is up on Rutube.  It is a Russian video site somewhat similar to YouTube. The text is in Russian and doesn’t have an English language version.  I have a feeling Rutube will not be as knee-jerk responsive to take-down orders from western countries.
Here is the Snowden interview as presented on Rutube.  WordPress does not support Rutube for embedding, but this link will take you to the interview:

103 thoughts on “Edward Snowden speaks: US blackout of interview (Updated with new video source)

  1. A well deserved Nobel Prize for Edward Snowden………. Yes! And, please….. take ‘phony’ Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize back….. he never deserved it!

  2. “the interview appears to have been blocked intentionally by US government authorities”

    Such are the puerile and illegal shenanigans the NSA spends billions of dollars on.

  3. People need to stop using the word “chilling.” (Trish’s post) It is SO over used!
    Anyway, Snowden is great. He is cute, too.

  4. ” The Vimeo site has been under a DDoS attack, and the video has been working intermittently.”

    I think lack of MSM attention gives us a measure of the credibility and importance of Showden’s words.

    If Snowden were a kook it would be to the advantage of NSA supporters to present at least a little of his interview so he could impeach his own credibility.

    I watched the Snowder interview. To me Snowden seems thoughtful and utterly convincing.

    I was particularly struck by his response to the suggestion that he return to make his case in court. As many already know, the charges against Snowden would prevent him from using his defense in court to demonstrate he is a whistle blower.

  5. This is a very good discussion between Snowden and the German newsman. Snowden is intelligent and has a very coherent grasp of the world wide spying consortium between U.S. and other intelligence agencies. The Germans don’t listen in on Merkel’s telephone calls but we do and then share with the Germans and vice versa with my phone call. The Germans will tell the U.S. what they found out on Cloud 9 about my internet emails.

    The fact that he is so personable and articulate just frazzles the powers that be. The fact that he is blacklisted is a disgrace.

    Previously on this blog I have spoken about John Kenneth Galbraiths predictions or theories of “convergence”– the notion that over time we will be more like the Soviets and the Soviets will me more like us. Well, this is born out. I also yak on this blog about my 1933 Parallels theory. Some person burned the Reichstag which is the German Parliament in 1933. President von Hindenburg blamed the Communists and issued The Reichstag Fire Decree. That decree terminated civil liberty protection in Germany. It was the beginning of the end. First, they came for the gypsies but I was not a gypsy and I did not speak up. etc. The parallel today is the 9/11 Twin Towers and Pentagon plane bombings. Followed by the Patriot Act. The censorship and blacklisting of Snowden for revealing our Stasi practices of the NSA is appalling.

    Write your congress yokels and tell them you do not approve of all this.

    Ask Yahoo where the story is. Ask Yahoo why they did not publish news of the death of Pete Seeger this past week and tell his story. All I heard about this past week on the news was Justin Bieber punk stories.

  6. Proving once again if you want information on what is going on in the United States, it is often better to find your news elsewhere.

  7. Use Firefox addon Video Download Helper and download a copy for yourself. It is 222667609.mp4. Then you can watch it several times, and upload it to any webserver to which you may have access. Blocking this stuff is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

  8. A link to the German website is HERE

    There are a couple other vids there as well.

    At the time of this comment, the video server is pegged out. An error message reads that the video could not be loaded, please try again later.

  9. Darren,
    I just checked the German web page and the video timed out. No way to tell if it is a DDoS attack or just more traffic than the servers were designed to handle. I think blog posts like this are popping up all over, and lots of people are looking in. By taking the actions they did, an official entity is once again learning the hard truth of the Streisand Effect

    In my lectures, I explain the power of a negative suggestion by demanding of my audience, “During the next ten seconds, no matter what else you do, DON’T THINK ABOUT AN ELEPHANT.” Tell people not to do something, or that they can’t have it, is the best way to get them to do it. Your piece this evening on the social psychology of playground behavior is a perfect example.

  10. Chuck

    In an example of Life Imitating Art, the picture of Ms. Steisand’s house won an award on wikipedia.

    “This image was selected as picture of the day on the English Wikipedia for January 18, 2014”

  11. Thanks for the link, Charlton. I saw it here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with no problems. A fine opportunity for the articulate and knowledgeable Edward Snowden to present his views.

    Now, on the basis of widely disseminated public information, President Obama must fire DNI director James Clapper and charge him with a felony for lying to Congress, while at the same time exonerating Edward Snowden for telling the truth. President Obama must do this, of course, only if he sincerely wishes to carry out his oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed. If he cares not a bit whether he does any such thing, then he can just do any damn thing he pleases and the official liars will continue to proliferate under his tolerance and encouragement.

  12. DDOS, short for Distributed Denial of Service, is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems — which are usually infected with a Trojan — are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. Victims of a DDoS attack consist of both the end targeted system and all systems maliciously used and controlled by the hacker in the distributed attack.

    According to this report on eSecurityPlanet, in a DDoS attack, the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources – potentially hundreds of thousands or more. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single IP address; plus, it is very difficult to distinguish legitimate user traffic from attack traffic when spread across so many points of origin.” (Webopedia).

    Who benefits?

    The same ones who went to the trouble of hijacking a thousand computers from which to mount the attack.

    Who is paid to do that with your tax dollars?

  13. Stanley is demonstrating the best way to counter a DDoS attack.

    Spread the targeted video everywhere.

    This DDoS will fail.

    Spread the word.

    Spread the video.

  14. We can get Link TV here at the marina where the dogpac hangs out to watch tv and work the internet. I sometimes watch DemocracyNow! with Amy Goodman. I have not seen it in several days, so I do not know if she covered the Snowden interview. I did watch last Wednesday or so when she devoted an hour to the life of Pete Seeger. He had died on Monday. The mainstream media had blacklisted mere mention of his death much less any segment to his life. I searched Yahoo News and Google News for Pete Seeger stories. I was able to find them only under the little column on Google News for LA Times, New York Times and The Guardian. But the Yahoo column and Google column of news blacklisted the story. Then I tried the same thing yesterday on Google News and Yahoo News and could find nothing about this interview.

    Another thing I notice about maintstream media, on network television, or newspapers, is that they always show this dorky photo of Snowden which was published back on Day One of his fleeing the country. They want to portray him as some dork.

    If you folks on the blog here found any news outlets that we can reach on the internet that did not honor the American Stasi Blackout, please let us know.

  15. When they came for the gypsies I was not a gypsy, so I did not speak up. When they came for the journalists, I was not a journalist, so I did not speak up for them. When they came for the Jews, I was not a Jew, so I did not speak up for the Jews. When they came for the Arabs, same thing. When they came for Snowden, same thing. So, when they came for me, there was no one left to speak up.

    I sometimes think of Curly on the Three Stooges, when he uttered: Hotsie Tot Sie, I smell a Nazi. He said it in rhyme. I wonder what Curley would have to say about the news media in America on this date. This is a day that will live in Infamy. It reminds me of the era in Nazi Germany when the newspapers went Nazi or shut down.

    It is ironic that the Germans are the ones with the guts to publish Snowden on television. They learned from the Nazi and later the Stasi in East Germany and value freedom. What do we value. What would the Framers of our Constitution say? Where is the Graham family which owned the Washington Post and fought the Pentagon Papers battles? They sold the Post to Jeff Bezos. Where is Bezos today? Sucking Obama’s underlings? Where is the New York Times? The Saint Louis Post Dispatch? Their owners? The owners are all gone into third or fourth generation retirement. No one is left to speak up for us. They came to get Snowden. Did you speak up for him? Who will speak up for you when the American Stasi come for you?

  16. Federal judges are the real villains here – their top duty is to preserve the Bill of Rights. These agencies have absolutely no fear of felony prosecution or prison time. Federal judges are the watchdogs that allow this to happen.

  17. Luke Harding has written a book on Snowden that will be released on February 11th.

    “How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower”

    “He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden’s journey from patriot to America’s most wanted”


  18. If someone starts a petition at whitehouse.gov, do you suppose the President would respond after it gets over the 100,000 required signatures? I suppose the petition would disappear as well.

  19. Just in the interests of accuracy, the interview was covered in Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/26/edward-snowden-nsa-industrial-sabotage, Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-26/news/sns-rt-us-security-snowden-germany-20140126_1_edward-snowden-nsa-u-s-national-security-agency, New York Times (with video excepts) http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/video-from-snowdens-german-tv-interview/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0, International Business Times (!!) http://www.ibtimes.com/edward-snowden-claims-nsa-engages-industrial-espionage-new-interview-1548078 and more. At the YouTube address for the video is a claim that it was removed at ARD’s request on copyright grounds, which it’s not at all unreasonable to believe.

  20. It’s also true that ARD blocks users outside Germany from watching the video (in English or dubbed in German) at their own site without much explanation, leaving some room to be paranoid in on all sides: “+++ Aus rechtlichen Gründen kann das Video nur innerhalb von Deutschland abgerufen werden. +++ Due to legal reasons the video is only available in Germany.+++” http://www.ardmediathek.de/das-erste/ard-sondersendung/edward-snowden-exklusiv-das-interview?documentId=19287388

  21. I have been to Northern Europe this past year and the outrage over NSA spying is huge. Our media does not pick up on it. The Dutch and Germans are the most upset. The Frogs are se le vie. English are lame about it. Irish and Scots are mad. They hate MI5 and MI6. The word in the streets was that Merkel would take Snowden in but that he fears getting killed there.

    Snowden was quite articulate in the interview. It will sell very well in Europe. Too bad Amerika did not get to see it. Sixty years ago in a prior life I used to listen to Voice of America, the BBC and Radio Free Europe on short wave radio. We disdained Radio Moscow. Turnabout is fair play over time.

  22. barkin dog, A friend in NYC said that the NYTimes put Seeger’s death on page one with considerable space inside, not the obits. They did a good summary of his life, even included his time in the CP.

  23. bettykath: Thanks. I had found the NY Times article on Pete Seeger, as well as one in the LA Times, and The Guardian. There is a good Wikipedia summarizing his life. He was “blacklisted” by the McCarthy Stasi Congress members. The blacklist still exists. The networks ignored him the week after his death as did Yahoo News and Google News. On the right side of Google News I found the three newspaper articles. The blacklisting of Pete Seeger comes the same week as the blacklisting of the Snowden interview. I saw Pete Seeger play at the May Day Tribe march on Washington in May 1971. The day after he played a concert I saw him get tear gassed and busted. This was in a prior life as a human. Its been a while. He sang We Shall Overcome at the concert. I had more cause for hope then than I do now. The Military Industrial Complex has grown and the cause celebre is now 9/11 and al Qaeda not communism.

  24. The difference between the college age generation in 1971 and now is that then they were in Washington DC demanding that the government shut down the Vietnam War or we will shut down the government. and today’s generation who are demanding “What is up with Justin Bieber?”

  25. very significant educational interview explaining the danger of nsa to our society, clear and simple fix of known proper encryption to eliminate need and function of nsa, and obama’s engulfment by spy community by selection of statues to prosecute and persecute snowden.

  26. Yastreblyansky

    It’s also true that ARD blocks users outside Germany from watching the video (in English or dubbed in German)

    I watched it on the German ARD.

    Someone else is blocking you.

  27. A bizarre video has been posted of editorial staff of The Guardian destroying computer hard drives used to store documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

    Under the watchful gaze of two technicians from the British government spy agency GCHQ, the journalists took angle-grinders and drills to the internal components, rendering them useless and the information on them obliterated.


  28. I’ve tried to inform people about what is going on in our country by posting links on Face book (as that is the media where I can reach the highest number of people), and ya know what i’m finding out?

    People don’t care.

    People don’t care, or they are too busy with justin beiber and the super bowl to pay attention.

    My posts are ignored, especially when they contain links to this site.

    I think deep down we all know what’s coming – and it’s too scary for most people to acknowledge or even think about.

  29. Snowden alluded to it, but it’s important to remember the NSA is just one of at least 15 US intelligence-gathering agencies currently in operation. Food for thought.

  30. “Snowden alluded to it, but it’s important to remember the NSA is just one of at least 15 US intelligence-gathering agencies currently in operation. Food for thought.”

    Not only that, some seem to be building strong relations and influencing the activities of local law reinforcement. There have been troubling reports of close cooperation between NYPD and CIA.

    There was a time when there was a firewall between LE and national security intelligence. Since 9/11 that wall seems to have been removed.

  31. Charlton:

    Cannot thank you enough for making this video available! I’ll forward this page to family, friends, and colleagues, with the hope that JT readers ensure this video “goes viral” (as the kids say).

  32. This interview is now off of Vimeo. The notice in place of the video states that ARD itself requested removal due to copyright infringement. Is this credible?

  33. Al Jazeera America advertised that it was going to broadcast Snowden’s interview. I did not tune in. Does anyone know if they did this broadcast? I tried a Google search to find out. I could not find out any info.

  34. barabajagal,
    It is up on Vimeo right now. Below the video there is a download button where you can follow the directions and save to your computer as an mp4 file. You may want to do that before it disappears again.

  35. @Yastreblyansky “Just in the interests of accuracy, the interview was covered…..”

    Thank you for the cites.

    Still the question remains was there an effort to prevent dissemination of the interview and if so was that effort the result of actions by zealots or the government?

    I don’t know the answer to those questions. But it is troubling that some have reported difficulty accessing the video.

  36. @PJD: “The notice in place of the video states that ARD itself requested removal due to copyright infringement. Is this credible?”

    The producer and copyright holder — Cinecenter — has licensed NDR/ARD only for Germany.

  37. Interesting that Vimeo has put up a screenshot saying the video does not exist. I am not going to try to find a replacement. The absence of the video that was here at the time I posted speaks volumes.

  38. All the bioengineering research I have done which I have been able to develop into a form I deem suitable for public access has either been put into the public domain by me, or has been published with a Creative Commons license.

    I regard it as absolutely unethical to privatize public safety. To “corporatize” public safety through making it the property of corporations (as fictitious persons) is to make public safety itself fictitious.

    For me to accept, tolerate. avow, or allow, of my own will and effort, the privatization of public safety would constitute, in my view, an unmitigatable violation of the Code of Ethics of the National Society of Professional Engineers, of which Society I am a member.

    The transcript of that Snowden interview appears to be readily accessible in the U.S.A.; I downloaded it without difficulty.

    Die Wahrheit macht frei?

  39. “War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show”

    By Mark Schone, Richard Esposito, Matthew Cole and Glenn Greenwald, Special Contributor


    “A secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain’s enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC News.

    The blunt instrument the spy unit used to target hackers, however, also interrupted the web communications of political dissidents who did not engage in any illegal hacking. It may also have shut down websites with no connection to Anonymous.”


  40. The newest article by Greenwald, Esposito (Richard), et al, was published last night. (Link in prior comment at 10:32 am)

  41. OS,
    I watched the video again using the link that Andy provided. Mr. Snowden strikes me as the epitome of a whistleblower and the mass media is missing out on actually explaining to the American public and the world, in very simple and understandable terms, just what Snowden did and why he did it. It is also missing out on putting the NSA’s abuses out in the open for all to judge. I was especially interested in the idea that the NSA relies too much on contractors and that it is also spying on corporations everywhere.

  42. Story updated with new video source. Introducing our readers to a Russian language site similar to YouTube, called Rutube.

  43. 02 06 14, alerted to it from another source, i got to see the video in it’s entirety last night; it struck me that Snowden looked just soooo ‘CIA’. Has me wondering if some turf wars might not be a factor in this (“…no such thing as an ‘ex’ CIA officer”). Purely speculative here and there is absolutely no indication at this time of Snowden working in concert with anyone else, but CIA poed about NSA spying on them too? Hm…

    Re: “It has been posted on YouTube several times, but is taken down almost immediately.”
    Now THAT’s t r u l y sinister. The media blackout is a bigger story than the interview itself. Much bigger.

    At this time, there is only a 3min. excerpt of the 30 min. interview available on YouTube, posted by The New York Times. Notably cut is Snowden’s scathing critique of Obama’s response to the leaks, “circling the wagons around government entities rather than around the American public.” With the media blackout, the administration appears to be continuing to “circle the wagons around government entities” rather than American citizens.

  44. Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’


    “British spies have developed “dirty tricks” for use against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into “honey traps.”

    Documents taken from the National Security Agency by Edward Snowden and exclusively obtained by NBC News describe techniques developed by a secret British spy unit called the Joint Threat Research and Intelligence Group (JTRIG) as part of a growing mission to go on offense and attack adversaries ranging from Iran to the hacktivists of Anonymous. According to the documents, which come from presentations prepped in 2010 and 2012 for NSA cyber spy conferences, the agency’s goal was to “destroy, deny, degrade [and] disrupt” enemies by “discrediting” them, planting misinformation and shutting down their communications.”

    (…and here in the U.S., as well. COINTELPRO, anyone?)

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