National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has made his longest public appearance since he leaked top-secret documents about US surveillance last year. Snowden spoke to a crowd of tech enthusiasts at the SXSW conference via a heavily encrypted video link (“He’s behind seven proxies,” said Ben Wizner of the ACLU, the event’s moderator.

The description is more likely a reference to an Internet meme than a literal description of Snowden’s video-chat tech.)
During the event webcast by the Texas Tribune, Snowden spoke with ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian about encryption, his motives, and “the future of the Internet.”
Some would have preferred Snowden not to get such an audience. “Rewarding Mr. Snowden’s behavior in this way encourages the very lawlessness he exhibited,” wrote Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) in a letter to SXSW organizers encouraging them to cancel the event. 

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