Edward Snowden thinks Edward Snowden did a great thing. And look, he did. By exposing the NSA he forced the public to stand up to government spying. It’s just kind of funny that he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times thanking himself for doing so.
Snowden wrote that after leaking the information to the press two years ago, “There were moments when I worried that we might have put our privileged lives at risk for nothing — that the public would react with indifference, or practiced cynicism, to the revelations. Never have I been so grateful to have been so wrong.”
Snowden then shifted to a slightly overly-optimistic tone. He noted that we “are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy.” Let’s see how often Republicans bring up 9/11 in 2016 before we accept this as true.
“With each court victory, with every change in the law, we demonstrate facts are more convincing than fear,” added Snowden. “As a society, we rediscover that the value of a right is not in what it hides, but in what it protects.”