The Snowden files -- the inside story of the world’s most wanted man | Luke Harding | TEDxAthens

  • Published on Dec 15, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. "We now know, thanks to Edward Snowden- that all of us, Greek citizens, Brits, Americans are being spied and that all of our data - whether its text messages, selfies, G-allocation data from our iphones that we carry around with us - is being collected. Luke thinks that Snowden has done the world a great service by revealing this and thinks it’s got profound implications for democracy - and for all of us - for anyone who uses Facebook or Google or downloads videos from TVclip and so on.
    So that’s the big picture. On a micro level what we can do about this as citizens?"
    Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War.
    His latest book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" was published in February by Guardian Faber. In June Oliver Stone bought film rights. Luke is the author of three previous non-fiction books. They are "The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken" (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize; and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" (2011), both written with David Leigh. The screen rights to Wikileaks were sold to Hollywood and the film, "The Fifth Estate", starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, came out in 2013. "Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia" appeared in 2011. His books have been translated into 20 languages.
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Comments • 644

  • Paul Redinger
    Paul Redinger 2 hours ago

    Snowden is a hero!! He should be given a medal for showing how corrupt our government really is. A bunch of puppets for the elite. Two faced, don't give a rip about the people unless your income is within the top 5%. The government has been selling the people out since George Bush.

  • David Frison
    David Frison 15 hours ago

    They really do have the ability to turn your phone on..or the microphone..I've left my phone on in the middle of the night and wake up and the listening feature or the sound recorder was turned on...I doubt they listen in real time but definitely record it and store it for future use if need be. . I've had quite a few instances where it was clear that someone was recording... especially between 2015 and 2017 ..not so much now.. but definitely before Data farms became common and they had to listen in real time I think they were like a kid in a candy store when the technology first came out was probably more about learning it's limits rather than spying on anyone directly... quality control purposes..

  • Kenisha Hammond
    Kenisha Hammond Day ago

    Everyone throw away your cell phones, and get a landline. Understand we have the power over all of this. It's called using your mind to either create, or destroy. You decide!

    JEFF JACK Day ago +1

    Now i know why my phone randomly records my conversations and dies fast.


    I have the basics for a worldwide people security program it deflects intruders it changes your IP address to another location every 20 mins and it can track and pin point anyone trying to infiltrate the system or the data of the program

  • John Heigis
    John Heigis 2 days ago

    "Military" fact!
    Ed is taking the blame and shame, for the dereliction-of-duty of his "superiors"!
    Ed jumped the entire Chain-of-command, to "We", because his assigned CoC were being blatantly derelict - as though gallivanting on their best LSD trip - by "searching" any fetish "they" pleased, through deliberate unrestrained invasion into any persons privacy... peeking into bedrooms, where they didn't belong, and weren't invited... all in the name of "National Security"!
    Hiding within...
    Reflecting the "Quartering Act!" = YOU being forced to house and feed - at your expense - Gen. Gage's nastiest thugs, and him wanting you completely contained, just so he could get back home quick, and live royal!
    "we" became the royalty here!
    It's called "...illegal search and seizure... "... And... "dereliction-of-duty"!!!
    Remember that "OATH"!!!
    The one about a "domestic enemy"!!!
    Ed did his job! He exposed domestic enemies!
    Ed, "we" hear you!
    "We" needs work, by "we"!
    Welcome to "WE...!!!! "
    No More!!!
    "We" fought that war!
    "We" have "Rights!"
    A well regulated [active and passive, contingencies management systems] being necessary, to the [national security posture], of a free state, the right [... A wake-up, to all ex-military... Hi!... and Semper Fi = You ARE the core / Corp "We" need! Using the Swiss example! = providing and serving, as a back-bone... of nominated leadership, and open doors... A starting point, to restore "demos-kratos", within the Republic (S)!
    Note: ...1775...
    Neighborhoods forced to gather together frequently... Same place & time... To learn one another... infinitely more... For "security"... politics... business... commerce... theologies... training... exercise... surveys... polls... planning.... "demos-kratos"... with neighbor incident management... managers...
    FEMA recommends that all communities maintain secondary EOCs = "We" can use that = Plug DES-S into DES! [Disaster & Emergency Services... Support! ]... = to consolidate and coordinate resources... To mechanize and empower pure / direct demos-kratos... within the republics!
    This system once existed...
    It's just laying there... Unused!
    It belongs to "We"! YOU!
    It's that 4th Branch balance!
    "we" got lazy, and let it fade out, when the security formations were no longer needed.
    Without it... Now!
    (As a message to Ed... and Chelsea... and all who have tried to enlighten "we" to these truths... First, thanks for telling me what I've needed to know... And... Please... This system needed your help, and oversight.
    I trust you to continue serving "We", as best you can.)]
    [From: A lifetime in, and researching "civil-defense"!
    You should see the whole of this! Very cool!
    To you "Boomers", and Vietnam combat vets... Please take the lead!
    To you "urban" combat vets... Help!
    To all others... Find your fit.
    Kids... You probably know your neighbors better than parents. Help!...
    Call it DEMOS!
    Democratic Emergency Management, Operations, and Services!
    =A non-profit, logistics-liaison corporation, built on a matrix organizational structure!
    Project / Mission #1 start-up!
    P/M #2 Grant writing
    #3 personnel
    4 projects = matching resources
    5 NBC recon
    Social infrastructure
    Political = surveys, polls,
    Culture = restore forums
    Tech = DOPLAR, "dutchsinse",...
    Legal = "We" "for.. of.. by"...
    Econ = commerce...
    Environment = humans... Social-animals... Habitats... Nitches... Biomes... Ecos... Biosphere! Atmosphere! Lithosphere! Exosphere! Hydrosphere! Technosphere! Anthrosphere! ...
    "Politics is local!" ("Tip" O'Neil)?
    "Security is local!",
    "civil-defense" is local! (me)!

  • flopimus
    flopimus 2 days ago

    The audience looks bored and slightly irritated

  • lonnielrc
    lonnielrc 4 days ago +2

    Obama was a sale out.

  • lonnielrc
    lonnielrc 4 days ago

    No more film or pictures of people helping you snowdom

  • Data Juggler
    Data Juggler 4 days ago +1

    Edward is the greatest American in my lifetime, and should be in charge of the NSA.

  • Data Juggler
    Data Juggler 4 days ago +1

    14:20 Id don't own a cell phone.

  • scwottful
    scwottful 4 days ago

    I spy with my little eye, remember saying that as a child? How powerful did you feel at the time? This is the feeling that the organizations, who claim to be looking after your interest's chase, they are addicted, they are ill and we let them pursue their addiction.

  • Medcare Products
    Medcare Products 5 days ago

    Ironic that Snowden is all about free speech and yet he's hiding in Russia. Lot's of free speech and open government there, right?

  • Casey James
    Casey James 6 days ago +1

    Those that say they dont have anything to hide so they dont care ..... Would you be happy to have a completely seethrough house so all your neighbours can see you all the time? Think about it...

  • J. Adkins
    J. Adkins 6 days ago

    Glad I don't have an iPhone.

  • Judge OvyoursoulvO
    Judge OvyoursoulvO 6 days ago +1

    Thank you, Edward.

  • kim greenlee
    kim greenlee 6 days ago

    How is that Julián Assange/Wikileaks -publisher, has been arrested but the guardian didn’t get in trouble. What’s the difference.

  • Joe Me
    Joe Me 7 days ago

    If you dont think that these devices are storing EVERYTHING about you and what you do you might be a millinial liberal robot.

  • Daniel Horack
    Daniel Horack 9 days ago +1

    If this really happened wouldn't you think that that guy who told was probably part of the plan. Like ,go tell everyone were watching the. Set up a whole conspiracy and then they will act like they are being watched.

  • Russ Eastburn
    Russ Eastburn 10 days ago +2

    In Jan of 2010 I put up a video that had 120,000 views in 2 hours and off You Tube in 2.25 hrs By the of the day all my computers and my cell phones 4 in family crashed were useless. I'll say no more except that a week later I was struck by a SUV T BONED HE HAD NO LIGHTS ON Oh he walked away without a scratch. i ROLLED 3 TIMES AND WAS IN HOSPITAL FOR 3 MONTHS. ..I hired an attorney friend who's investigator could find no one with the name of the guy who struck me. My brother in law was told by towing company the day after accident the SUV HAD BEEN CRUSHED AND COULDN'T GIVE OUT INFORMATION ABOUT WHO INSTRUCTED THEM TO DESTROY IT. I STILL post videos exposing the truth

  • Mychael McCormack
    Mychael McCormack 11 days ago +10

    Thank you Edward Snowden God bless you Peace

  • John Sampson
    John Sampson 11 days ago +1

    Why do English-speakers speak so fast in a country where people speak Greek? You reach
    much more people if you slow down so that a person who speak a foreign language can keep up! But I guess, they just don't get it.

  • Bernard Matthews Turkey Drumsticks

    I was spied on just the other day. I was stopped at a traffic light waiting to go and another car pulled up beside me and the passenger was leaning out of the window looking at me and he had his hand cupped to his ear trying to listen to what I was up to. It's an every day occurrence here in central Africa.
    Another time a man was sat on a bench looking at me through a raised newspaper with eye holes cut out. I killed that man though.

  • John Kean
    John Kean 13 days ago +2

    The real reason they don't like hackers is that hackers will discover what a fallacy it all is and MI havent got any secrets worth hacking!

  • Sam Joel
    Sam Joel 13 days ago

    Only English people need to explain their jokes LOL
    PROVINCIAL jajannajajanajaha

  • Rhonda Sisco-Cleveland
    Rhonda Sisco-Cleveland 15 days ago +1

    And yet Obama knew Hillary was taking hammers to her communication devices and had a private unsecured server....

  • Mark Maxwell
    Mark Maxwell 16 days ago

    Think the worst
    And you are usually right 😉😉😉
    But you can embarrass people by legal means and by showing how idiotic certain thinks are.

  • Faubert Legendre
    Faubert Legendre 16 days ago

    Jesus,Jesus,jesus, viens viens : viens parmi nous .

  • Philip Buckley
    Philip Buckley 17 days ago

    sound bites....

  • Scott Smith
    Scott Smith 17 days ago

    How is snowmen wanted world wide? He is safe in Russia. Snowmen was a hero. Because of him we are all safe from totalitarian government.

  • perry lc
    perry lc 18 days ago +1

    Nothing has changed because of him.

  • T he
    T he 18 days ago +2

    Edward Snowden AKA Timothy McVeigh.( Compare photos)
    Now that would be a story...would'nt it?

  • JuicedUpMoto C
    JuicedUpMoto C 22 days ago +2

    Sadly I don't think many people know snowden we should have a national snowden day.

  • Sonam Gyatso
    Sonam Gyatso 23 days ago +3

    Nobel Prize nomination for Edward Snowden is urgent - just like for Julian Assange!!!!

    GORDON MCCHESNEY 24 days ago

    Whine and moan here, but all you fools have been spying on yourselves for 15 years. DARPA developed software that would follow people by their own input throughout their lives. It was called "LIFELOG". DARPA shut down Lifelog on 04 Feb 2004. Facebook went live on 04 Feb 2004. Coincidence?

  • Kerry Marris
    Kerry Marris 25 days ago +2

    right on Snowden, deserve the Nobel Peace prize,
    and Pole dancer
    girlfriend🆗 🆒 ‼️
    the elite oligarchy deep state military industrial complex can get🔛🔝 of 🔥,
    and say hello to👿☠️🆗, and take Mr🤡Trump with you to🔥👿☠️🆗 bye bye.
    Wonka say's if you want the truth just ask A dolphin or A whale?? what they think about this ???

  • omar The Great
    omar The Great 25 days ago +3

    A hero who is being painted as a traitor. That must speak volumes. But hay this is the land of the free home of the brave 😜

    • Fresh Bread
      Fresh Bread 24 days ago

      omar The Great land of the lies n deceit

  • Blade Master Ra
    Blade Master Ra 26 days ago +6

    what a patriot! The truth rules this is the same government, that tells us we are safe with 5G radiation that is proven and yet ignored.

  • Julie Ashton
    Julie Ashton 27 days ago +1

    Interesting how four years after this speech The Guardian is so anti Assange I've removed it from my news feed.

  • Jenny klarke
    Jenny klarke 28 days ago

    Snowden is a hero to everyday people in the free world. We should have the right to privacy until we have given reason to lose that right.

  • Herald Deyrnas
    Herald Deyrnas 28 days ago

    We have had SDcards deleted remotely. Millions will die young without our information.

  • Palle Svensson
    Palle Svensson 28 days ago

    This guy had a great party the night before and is still jacked up. The crowd on the other hand is about to fall asleep. They all wish for a party like he had. The contrast/pain is real.

  • Eddy G
    Eddy G 28 days ago

    Edward Joseph Snowden is narcissistic, asinine, teaching, snake salesman. If only he had more foresight and less sun in his eyes.

  • Akash's Singh
    Akash's Singh 29 days ago +4

    I recently downloaded Snowden Movie and Google Algorithms recommend this video , they know it all 😲

  • Akash's Singh
    Akash's Singh 29 days ago +2

    We are not consumer we are product.

  • Sheeple Slayer
    Sheeple Slayer Month ago +1

    Software updates... need to plug your phone in for them... just saying... lol weird.

  • Dicky Hands
    Dicky Hands Month ago +3

    Same guy who faked the Manafort-Assange story. Makes a career of the backs of real journalists then shafts them. Yuk

  • pinkysidealmond
    pinkysidealmond Month ago

    Can’t stand his nervous, out of breath rambling.

  • Phil Sarazen
    Phil Sarazen Month ago +5

    Since my jail terms for opposing the war in Vietnam, I have been spied on continually. Learned not to be bothered about it. However, what bugs me is their efforts to sabotage my creative work. There must be some mechanism for monitoring and correcting this behaviour. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • damon witt
    damon witt Month ago +2

    We all complain about it we even joke about it. America is a country of the people for the people. We need a true champion of the cause of freedom

  • Real Noid
    Real Noid Month ago

    2013, Snowden with inside help from pro-Putin Republicans (not Flynn but loons like him) gives away the NSA store. 2014, Giuliani praises Putin’s Ukraine leadership on Fox “News.” 2014, Republicans Ron Paul, Buchanan, F. Graham also. Snowden, gave them the chutzpah to finally go public. The commonality: Big Oil whose price went to $25. Russia, Alaska, Saudis very nervous.

  • Real Noid
    Real Noid Month ago

    Snowden’s NOT a disillusioned hacker hero with a conscience. “I don’t want to live in a world..” (wow, what a patriot is our man Ed). Since 2007, Big Bro surveillance Petrostate Russian trolls aligned & competed with freaks David Icke & Alex Jones degrading YT platform w manufactured IQ80 bogus anti US, anti-West Govn’t mind control videos & comments.

  • Pantelis Lazarou
    Pantelis Lazarou Month ago

    Their way of life is at threat, you know lying stealing killing innocent people around the world these Sociopaths need to be exterminated, and stop using that word Democracy, there's no Democracy.

  • j bloggs
    j bloggs Month ago

    Snowden, Assange, Manning will go down in history as heros/heroines, Harding will be forgotten or remembered as an establishment stooge and purveyor of lies and state propaganda.

  • Myra K
    Myra K Month ago

    He is a hero

  • john adams
    john adams Month ago

    Ruined by distracting Muzak. Lasted 4:21.

  • Anne Bastians
    Anne Bastians Month ago

    Leave alone your strong-strong accent, I would talk even faster, if I were you . Greeks are no masters of English language, but the way you speed-talk gives them no chance whatsoever to understand what you have to say. RIDICULOUS!

  • Aristo Katsifis
    Aristo Katsifis Month ago +1

    Do you watch Star Trek in Greece? LMAO this bloke thinks hes flown into and african third world countr

  • ArmyOfAll
    ArmyOfAll Month ago +3

    Luke Harding is an absolute hack.

  • Noble Tarkan
    Noble Tarkan Month ago +2

    Got bored with the video 11 mins in... not a good public speaker...

    • milind gade
      milind gade 9 days ago

      True.....his behaviour is as if he met his hero

  • jonis jebisow
    jonis jebisow Month ago +1

    is ted legit source of information unlike other channels?? in youtub

  • WhyAlwaysMe? JuanClawdGahwd-Damn

    This comment session is being analyzed.

  • Philip Buckley
    Philip Buckley Month ago

    too many sound bites...

  • amy Ong
    amy Ong Month ago +92

    Who came here after julian assange's arrest?

    • ChuckNorriz
      ChuckNorriz 17 days ago

      +Robert Graham Semblance of 1984

    • Robert Graham
      Robert Graham 22 days ago

      When you give up your rights its one thing - when you contact some one your giving up their rights without their consent - hence you (all of us are watching each other giving up all of out rights - stand up slobs your being # .

    • Landon Cooper
      Landon Cooper Month ago +2


    • Chisanga Mumba
      Chisanga Mumba Month ago +4

      I did. 😔

  • Fi Canning
    Fi Canning Month ago +6

    'my book', hahahahahaaaa

  • Farhana Ahmad
    Farhana Ahmad Month ago +5

    While I write this, they have started assaulting me again.

  • stephencarlsbad
    stephencarlsbad Month ago +3

    I learned nothing new about Snowden...

  • Shahida A
    Shahida A Month ago +1

    Mr Luke Harding, are you on Twitter?

  • Joe Ferreira
    Joe Ferreira Month ago

    The new 5G radiation so called internet ,fast gaming bs,is a spy system that will kill insects, birds,bees then us. kids will die of cancer, then us in 8,to 12 years. will effect 70% worlds population . crazy.'The 5G rollout is absolutely insane' Dr Martin Pall

  • 0Guiltyone0
    0Guiltyone0 Month ago


  • Skye Fochler
    Skye Fochler Month ago

    Guys never been in a fight for his life..

  • Val Sarff
    Val Sarff Month ago

    The NSA has no doubt that Snowden is a die hard patriot. Think about it. They turned off his passport and stranded him in MOSCOW! You don't strand a traitor with state secrets in Moscow! But you CAN isolate a patriot somewhat from the free press there.

  • C DUB
    C DUB Month ago +1

    This is what happens when unelected bureaucrats that have been in these spy agencies for years have no accountability or oversight.

  • C DUB
    C DUB Month ago +2

    Every citizen, mayor, congressman, senator, governor and as we know now even our President is being spied on.

  • Kabuki Kitsune
    Kabuki Kitsune Month ago

    um.... um.... um.... um...

  • Dangmeii Dangmei
    Dangmeii Dangmei Month ago

    American are doom haha

  • Spunkmeyer Snr.
    Spunkmeyer Snr. Month ago

    Luke Harding ..LOL!

  • mark gessner
    mark gessner Month ago

    Funny as I was about to reveal the real dark truth about our pedovore shitfroth "overlords" ASIO or the NSA deleted my message as I was typing it. Truth is out there. You want to be a radical subversive just find it and still possess a mind and a conscience. The rest is inevitable.

  • Carmela Delgado
    Carmela Delgado Month ago

    I was just telling my boyfriend this the other day... it’s so weird I talked about something specific “a company” and it appeared on my Instagram... I didn’t google it or anything I had a conversation about this specific company.... this spying on regular people is true 1000%

    • Ben Brahem Chedly
      Ben Brahem Chedly Month ago

      That's retargeting, chat logs, searches... are being sold to advertising companies so they get the most $$$, win win situation for both (whatever software you were using) and the ads company because they get more High ROI for their advertisers. Used to work with few ads companies and it's way dirtier than you can even imagine, you're just a potential buyer for them

  • Vapey McVape
    Vapey McVape Month ago

    He's not the "world's most wanted man". He's the U.S's most wanted man. The rest of the world gives zero shits.

  • Joseph Aubuchon
    Joseph Aubuchon Month ago

    Edward Snowden needs to hang as a traitor. I would be happy to pull the trap door lever.

  • kaptinuva5tar5hip
    kaptinuva5tar5hip Month ago

    For the most part - privacy is over.

  • Witnessdomaining
    Witnessdomaining Month ago

    Information overload..

  • granskare
    granskare Month ago

    Snowden just does not understand things. He could have called the FBI but no, he went to Russia. He was working for an independent contractor, same group the "falcon and snowman" worked for. That contractor ought be dismissed.

  • D R
    D R Month ago

    If you intelligent and informed people have been paying attention since this video, particularly to some information and clues that have been made public (you should know where by now), then you know WHO and WHAT Snowden really is...and what his mission really was. People love heroes...yet the real heroes are unknown to the general public.

  • Josh J
    Josh J 2 months ago

    omg blah blah blah

  • Henri LeRiche
    Henri LeRiche 2 months ago

    Lost interest when I heard the word, Guardian. Only publish that goes with their sick leftwing narrative. Bunch of spoiled champagne socialists

  • yaro lol
    yaro lol 2 months ago +3

    I can't wait to tell my FBI agent about this. He better not be spying on me!

  • belfastboy35 1
    belfastboy35 1 2 months ago

    Worlds most wanted man by the worlds biggest terrorist. Thats rich. Hes a hero.

  • Bang Duck
    Bang Duck 2 months ago

    Disagree with the fast battery drain with mic only. Audio only doesn't use much bandwidth, maybe the Feds turned on the camera too.

    • Zen Harris
      Zen Harris 2 months ago

      It requires more processing power, which in turn uses energy at a higher discharge rate.

  • Pokergirl Sam
    Pokergirl Sam 2 months ago +19

    Snowden, an American hero. Who risked his life to bring truth to the people

  • Pokergirl Sam
    Pokergirl Sam 2 months ago

    We the people are watching you punks. Citizens arrest is coming to a theatre near you. Where's my Oscar now bitches

  • Joseph Zrnchik
    Joseph Zrnchik 2 months ago +1

    And what harm came from Snowden showing the crimes against Americans by its government? Experts have admitted there was no harm done. Harding is a government stooge for a government that provides no right to free speech, such is UK citizenship.

  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton 2 months ago

    Citizen 4

  • William Coyle
    William Coyle 2 months ago

    What concerns me the most is the reaction of the audience. Reacting with humor, outright laughter is a dangerous sign of acceptance.

  • sarah mar
    sarah mar 2 months ago

    1984 book

  • dstamp
    dstamp 2 months ago +189

    The tragedy of the Edward Snowden story is that we did NOTHING. There were no marches, protests, or riots. Nobody was held accountable, and the very practices he disclosed are still in use to this day. A shame really.

    • Scott Smith
      Scott Smith 7 days ago

      Landau David They have all been brainwashed really. It's many years of conditioning through years of war. To ever believe that we should give up any freedoms to feel safer is a complete crock.

    • Landau David
      Landau David 7 days ago

      Due to being sheep

    • Scott Smith
      Scott Smith 17 days ago +4

      Dude, most their info is coming from Facebook and google. People are doing this to themselves. When they are told, they just roll their eyes.

    • stoney139
      stoney139 21 day ago +1

      And our government (executive, legislative, judicial) sit on their hands, gives the green light, and even participates in all manner of intrusive behavior and tactics. Annndd, let’s not forget the media who is complicit in the erosion of our freedoms.

    • Juuso Hämäläinen
      Juuso Hämäläinen 28 days ago +1

      Right you are.

  • Rachel ottis
    Rachel ottis 2 months ago +5

    and now snowden is a hero bravo wtf people

  • Keagan
    Keagan 2 months ago +1

    This talk is full of lies

    no one uses Yahoo

    • Celtrics
      Celtrics 2 months ago

      no one you know about,,, come over in my country, almost all of us here use yahoo for e-mail services

  • George EX
    George EX 2 months ago +1

    The paragraph deletion was probably because he had a key-logger of some kind installed.
    Also, his suit is really ill-fitting.