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Edward Snowden To Speak At SXSW Monday, Congressman Wants Him Off The Bill

Updated: Monday, March 10 2014, 07:46 AM CDT
In just a few hours, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will speak to a South By Southwest panel. The live stream from Russia is his first live appearance since blowing the whistle on the U.S. government’s surveillance activities last year. But Monday morning, Snowden’s scheduled appearance is stirring controversy.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) sent a three-page letter to SXSW organizers asking them to remove Snowden from the bill. The Congressman says, in part, “rewarding Mr. Snowden’s behavior in this way encourages the very lawlessness he exhibited.” But as of Monday morning, the Interactive Festival’s director told Forbes Snowden is still welcome, and their goal is to be an open platform.

On Monday, Snowden, his legal advisor, and an ACLU technology expert will hold a Q & A on the impact of NSA spying. They’ll also explore ways the tech industry can better protect your information. The panel starts at 11 a.m. but is only open to badge-holders.

For live stream and video options, and for more information on the panel:

To see Rep. Pompeo’s letter to SXSW organizers:
Edward Snowden To Speak At SXSW Monday, Congressman Wants Him Off The Bill

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