Snowden warns of extended government surveillance after coronavirus pandemic

Edward Snowden warned that government surveillance infrastructure and techniques used to track the spread of the coronavirus will likely stay in place long after the disease is managed.

Snowden, a former CIA subcontractor who was charged with violating the Espionage Act after leaking classified National Security Agency information on global surveillance programs, fled the United States in 2013 and eventually received asylum in Russia. The whistleblower warned of the government’s expanding powers in an interview with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival last week.

“When is the last time you remember a brief suspension of civil liberties?” Snowden asked rhetorically, adding, “This is the
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