Snowden: I Helped ‘Every Society’

    HONG KONG - 2013: In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data.  (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

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    Appearing in front of the image of the U.S. Constitution, Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at South by Southwest to great fanfare Monday. Via Google Hangout, Snowden responded to questions from his legal adviser, Ben Wizner of the ACLU. "We need a watchdog that watches Congress," he said. He believes "every society has benefitted" from his NSA leaks and that he was acting in the name of the Constitution. "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and I saw that the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale," he said. He also stressed the importance of encryption and said that it should be a "basic protection" rather than a "black art." That seemed to be part of his larger goal of calling upon the tech community to be more vigilante. "They're setting fire to the global Internet, and you guys in the room are the global firefighters," he said.

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