The Most Wanted Man in the World

For at least one day last week, the internet went bananas for Wired’s profile of Edward Snowden (or at least my Twitter feed did).

It’s a great profile, with beautiful photography.

Edward Snowden in Wired Magazine

A handful of Snowden’s quotes from the story…

On the NSA:

“They still haven’t fixed their problems,” Snowden says. “They still have negligent auditing, they still have things going for a walk, and they have no idea where they’re coming from and they have no idea where they’re going. And if that’s the case, how can we as the public trust the NSA with all of our information, with all of our private records, the permanent record of our lives?”

On Snowden’s concerns that people will see him as a narcissist, or that he somehow detract from the cause he has risked his life to promote:

“I’m an engineer, not a politician,” he says. “I don’t want the stage. I’m terrified of giving these talking heads some distraction, some excuse to jeopardize, smear, and delegitimize a very important movement.”

Worrying that we’ll all get NSA fatigue:

One death is a tragedy, and a million is a statistic,” he says, mordantly quoting Stalin. “Just as the violation of Angela Merkel’s rights is a massive scandal and the violation of 80 million Germans is a nonstory.”

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