Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday, that Donald Trump's election may increase the intrusiveness of domestic intelligence gathering and warned that the democratic checks and balances were losing ground to authoritarianism.
Former US spy contractor Edward Snowden, who lives under asylum in Moscow after he leaked classified information in 2013 that triggered an international furor over the reach of US spy operations, made thiose remarks at a teleconference hosted by Buenos Aires University's law school.
We are starting to substitute open government for sheer authoritarianism, a government based not upon the principle of informed consent granted by people who understand its activities but rather a trust in personalities, a trust in claims, a trust in the hope that they will do the right thing, Snowden said.
Snowden questioned if Washington's policy would remain unchanged by the new administration, who are people with a very different set of values and can govern in the dark.
If government does actually win our trust, because they go for some years and they do operate in a way that we should support, what happens when it changes? he asked. This is kind of the challenge that we're facing today in the United States with the result of the last election.
The current US government has already filed espionage charges against him for leaking intelligence information in 2013. Snowden was skeptical a Trump administration would grant him a pardon. Who knows?, he said.