The Guardian Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke publicly for the first time in many weeks, sort of.

The famed leaker didn’t speak for himself; rather, someone read a written statement on his behalf before a committee hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. “I thank the European Parliament and the LIBE [Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs] Committee for taking up the challenge of mass surveillance,” said Jesselyn Radack, who read the statement for Snowden. Radack is a former ethics adviser to the United States Department of Justice, but he now serves as director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project, a nonprofit organization.     

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