NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden is speaking about the Panama Papers, an unprecedented leak of files showing how the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax havens, via video link in Vancouver.
Snowden is giving a keynote speech called “Big Data, Security and Human Rights” at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, hosted by Simon Fraser University.
Snowden says the Panama Papers “shows more than ever the role of the whisleblower in a free society has become not only desirable, but vital.”
“This reveals that one of the founding premises of democracy, which is that one law applies equally to both the powerful and the powerless, is beginning to change, and it happens without our knowledge, without our awareness, and without our consent.”
Snowden revealed the existence of secret surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and is seeking political asylum in Russia.