Perhaps the editors of the Guardian had a premonition that Edward Snowden’s quest for asylum would last a while. And that his status as a premier international newsmaker, likewise, would endure.
Today, a very slow news day coming off of a long holiday weekend, the Guardian has dropped new excerpts from that old Snowden interview of June 6. The dramatic high point comes when Snowden issues this prediction about the reaction of the U.S. government to his leaks: “I think the government’s going to launch an investigation. I think they’re going to say I’ve committed grave crimes. I’ve violated, you know, the Espionage Act. They’re going to say I’ve aided our enemies in making them aware of these systems. But that argument can be made against anybody who reveals information that points out mass surveillance systems, because fundamentally they apply equally to ourselves as they do to our enemies.”
Elsewhere, he speaks of his unease at living in an over-surveilled society and other dimensions of his work. Even though it’s more than a month old, yes, it’s news.