When the state of a country comprehensively and secretly, in violation of it’s own laws, monitors the private communications of its citizens; when an employee of that state reveals this illegal practice and that state then pursues him with the aim of subjecting him to a rigged trial, imprisonment and silencing; then those who uphold the democratic right of freedom of expression have the responsibility to defend the persecuted against this injustice. In this spirit, the Seriously Free Speech Committee expresses its deepest respect and most profound best wishes to Edward Snowden.
Oh, and the direct connection with trying to silence critics of Israeli policies and practices? According to The Guardian, 11 September 2013: “The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens, a top-secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals. Details of the intelligence-sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.”
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