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 • 483

  • Ide
    Ide 7 hours ago

    eddie died for our sins

  • Cha20
    Cha20 2 days ago


  • Im MTS
    Im MTS 3 days ago

    What a man

  • Be Wolff
    Be Wolff 5 days ago

    Fuk nsa

  • c c
    c c 8 days ago

    snowden-fake scripted puppet actor...
    controlled opposition psyop by the world elite

  • Wayne Reeves
    Wayne Reeves 11 days ago

    Agreed! Thought it was just me.

  • Alex Bestoso
    Alex Bestoso 14 days ago

    wiki leaks was with the Russians

  • Ree's Purpose
    Ree's Purpose 15 days ago

    It is very interesting to me that this guy is still alive and hasn’t been touched.
    Knowing that the U.S. Government, for no reason other than their own sadistic pleasure targeted and tried to soft kill and psychologically destroy an innocent single Mom of two innocent little girls A true hero doing the best she could with no education or financial stability, working a minimum wage job, who honorably served her country, and was given nothing in return for it. Where is her story on TVclip?

  • iisthphir
    iisthphir 15 days ago

    3:46 interesting choice of words, is he trying to say that it was not really his choice perhaps

  • Binguh Bungah
    Binguh Bungah 16 days ago

    Typical smug limey. Yes they know how to make martinis with drink shakers for tourist bores like you, malaka..

  • Otter Bot
    Otter Bot 17 days ago

    By "iPhone" does he mean any smartphone? Or just iphone

  • Darby Ditty
    Darby Ditty 19 days ago

    Lost interest in this real quick; this effete presenter looks like a sack of rubbish tied in the middle. So this is a Guardian correspondent.....okay...

  • Marry Christmas
    Marry Christmas 23 days ago

    He's now a Russian tool, he's gonna be buried in Siberia when he's no longer useful.

  • John Bovay
    John Bovay 23 days ago

    Re taking an angle grinder to those notebook computers: Why didn't they just remove and destroy their hard drives?

  • Gordy Brown
    Gordy Brown 26 days ago

    Most wanted? Lol. Wrong.

  • esan99
    esan99 27 days ago

    I don't necessarily agree with what he did, but what on earth did he see that made him do this.

  • steven holmes
    steven holmes 28 days ago

    Snowden encouraged people to use the TAILS computer operating system which is about as secure as it comes. I can't think of one better.

  • milind gade
    milind gade Month ago

    Westerners have misplaced sense of freedom....freedom to enslave people from other races, enforce democracy on Iraq while allowing worst form of Islamic dynasty in other gulf nations, create nations subservient to you around the world, bomb other nations under guise of wmd, test nuclear bombs on hapless japanese, create monsters like Taliban, ISIS, Saddam Hussein, support Saudi Kingdom and basket cases like Pakistan....freedom to burn fuels, annex poor countries etc....God must be partial to white Europeans 😒

  • milind gade
    milind gade Month ago

    Irony of situation Snowden fled from the so called most free country on the planet to the most controlled state 😁

  • Jeffrey Juliano
    Jeffrey Juliano Month ago

    One button too many

  • jim kupers
    jim kupers Month ago

    Snowden is a brave man...and gives me faith in humanity,,,he risked everything for the worlds people

  • Mike the_Publisher
    Mike the_Publisher Month ago


  • Justin Schwab
    Justin Schwab Month ago this guy writing a book?

  • Jeff Boyd
    Jeff Boyd Month ago

    Drink a beer for every "um" followed by "and"..... See if you can make it till the end of the speech. I'm drunk just thinking about playing! 😂

  • Phantom Rides
    Phantom Rides Month ago


  • Jesse Garcia
    Jesse Garcia Month ago

    Snitches get stiches... Tell Snowden his time is running out...

  • Precision English
    Precision English Month ago

    👋 has been a great 👍 morning for my first review of course I’ll send you some paperwork for you to deposit money 💰 I need a deposit for rent money 💰 was that the rent check out the rent money back and then you can get money 💴 is that the way that you want me to do it you have money 💰 I don’t have money for the deposit money back from there so I’ll get back in to the store 🏬 is that the paperwork for that money 💴 is

  • Precision English
    Precision English Month ago

    Hi 👋

  • Candi Cane
    Candi Cane Month ago

    Justin. Did you hear the last thing he said ?! Privacy ! 😒🙄

  • Dinoosh De Livera
    Dinoosh De Livera Month ago

    The last bit was funny haha!

  • Dinoosh De Livera
    Dinoosh De Livera Month ago +81

    "Saying you don't need privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don't need freedom of speech because you have nothing to say." - Edward Snowden

    • Joseph Hsu
      Joseph Hsu 4 days ago

      I decided to write a letter to trump to pardon Snowden.

  • Eva Kupcikova
    Eva Kupcikova Month ago +1

    The Guardian telling the truth, dont make me laugh

  • Phil Green
    Phil Green Month ago

    Winstone Churchill was as skinny as a rake.

  • THiNk aBoUt it.
    THiNk aBoUt it. 2 months ago +1

    All this surveillance and they still can't prevent a school shooting.

  • Chump Johnson
    Chump Johnson 2 months ago

    If the government tells us something it’s safe to assume they are doing the complete opposite and you will be closer to the truth.

  • Bogdan Savchenko
    Bogdan Savchenko 2 months ago

    the guy talking is the worst ever at telling anything

  • Dawn DeSimone
    Dawn DeSimone 2 months ago

    Thank you Snowden!

  • Victimof Corruption
    Victimof Corruption 2 months ago

    Im sure those security measures not only being applied to terrorist and international threats but also being applied to people who gets victimize by some crooked government organization such as the family court when they scam parents with title IV-D also known as child support and something called gangstalking!

  • HappyQuails
    HappyQuails 2 months ago

    Intelligence Agents? How about Deception Agents.

  • Dick Riley
    Dick Riley 2 months ago +1

    These western governments only serve the corporate central banking system. They are your enemy and steal your resources to better control you as a unit of production. THE MEDIA, EDUCATION SYSTEM, RELIGIONS ARE ALL UTILIZED AND WHOLLY CONTROLLED BY THE BANKING SYSTEM. Do good to others. Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.

  • Taylay 1100
    Taylay 1100 2 months ago

    My last name is Snowden so Eric is my cousin

  • brian frost
    brian frost 2 months ago

    the deserves a medal theres real criminals in the world he's not one of them give the man a medal or 3 or 4

  • Carol Kiefer
    Carol Kiefer 2 months ago

    District Attorneys cutting deals hides evidence gets exposed by journalists

  • Carol Kiefer
    Carol Kiefer 2 months ago

    Error please try again 🔔

    OPSEC AMEN 2 months ago

    Obama was the biggest liar. Its amazing how he's given a pass.

  • airmark02
    airmark02 2 months ago

    here we go ~ typical " TED Tawk's " corporate media propaganda ~ Luke Harding the Ultimate Tool & Fraud who doesn't hesitate to make just about anything up for a pay check.... 😉😊😂😋😆🤣

  • Raistlin Majere
    Raistlin Majere 2 months ago

    obama and his organization were cunths

  • Cre8tvMG
    Cre8tvMG 2 months ago +3

    Harding is not a reliable source.

  • vamshi krishna nimmakuri
    vamshi krishna nimmakuri 2 months ago +2

    Worst thing is America having a statue named as " Statue of Liberty ".

  • Jared Morse
    Jared Morse 2 months ago

    Bill Nye at 18:20 ?

  • Mahmoud FiFteen
    Mahmoud FiFteen 2 months ago

    There is a lot of good people still alive and there is a alot of good to fight for.

  • Keith Dickerson
    Keith Dickerson 3 months ago

    Obama lied.

  • Victor Victor
    Victor Victor 3 months ago

    It's all being staged by the Government Deliberately to Cause Distractions Day In and Out Keeping us Distracted is Paramount .

  • peace
    peace 3 months ago

    he is one of the king of emotional intelligence .. not just emotion

  • Conorscorner
    Conorscorner 3 months ago +2

    Never heard a Ted talk where absolutely nothing was said of substance.

  • Ro Roo
    Ro Roo 3 months ago

    When you were work for the government and not question orders, so dont insult those who enforce spying\

  • Legend Killer403
    Legend Killer403 3 months ago

    firearms shouldn't be allowed to public people only military purposes.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 3 months ago +1

    Edward is a hero... Thanks Edward 💙

  • Ana Wilson
    Ana Wilson 3 months ago

    It's a job.

  • The Angry Dudeist
    The Angry Dudeist 4 months ago +1

    A "hero" doesnt leave the country with very sensitive information, and go to China, North Korea and Russia...
    Thats called a SPY!!!!!!

  • C List
    C List 4 months ago +2

    Shouldn't Snowden be protected under the whistleblower act

    • Ari W
      Ari W 2 months ago

      Good old USA actually added a law in the patriot act that strips whistleblowers protection as it relates to the government " for the safety of Americans" and went a step further they can throw you in prison without charges or due process, torture with impunity

    • Raistlin Majere
      Raistlin Majere 2 months ago +1

      shouldn't Obama and Hillary be in prison?

  • h hr
    h hr 4 months ago

    ed is the best!

  • h hr
    h hr 4 months ago

    “Democracy is a con game. It’s a word invented to placate people to make them accept a given institution. All institutions sing, ‘We are free.’ The minute you hear ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, watch out… because in a truly free nation, no one has to tell you you’re free.”- Jacque Fresco

  • Abondend Hope
    Abondend Hope 4 months ago

    If you believe that the goverment allows you to all have iphones, computers etc you are very gullible. Information is power, every western goverment surely does it, if you have nothing to hide that's not a problem for the majority of us. They track human physcology for advertising, colours to use for emotion and temptation, look at popular video games, tv and youtube adverts, they are all designed to be catchy to your mind. The goverment watches and studys all, some more than others, I personally dont see this as a bad thing and I do understand it has been used for combating terrorism etc, however with all the things going on in the uk with organized grooming gangs, it kinda infurates me they dont use these tools for what they should be doing.

  • Dirk Gently
    Dirk Gently 4 months ago

    What a joke... they took an angle grinder to the motherboard, but didn't touch the hard drive.

  • Tanya Vasina
    Tanya Vasina 4 months ago +4

    Oh, for God's sake! KGB does NOT exist since 1991!!! There is another agency. Not KGB. How a politics journalist who lived in Russia for a while can not know this?!

    • Ruben Defour
      Ruben Defour Month ago

      The other agency FSB is basically the KGB the only difference is instead of KG they use FS

    • Csr Hrm
      Csr Hrm Month ago +1

      Because they always lie about Russia

  • Claude Albertario
    Claude Albertario 4 months ago

    This simple explanation of tapping "Guinness is good" is why intelligence agencies can never truly know everything.

  • Andreas Klein
    Andreas Klein 4 months ago +1

    I believe many people were pretty sure US is spying on other governments, even not hostile. A small surprise was the extent of listening to regular citizen. Snowden is indeed a great American, I think I would've liked him but ultimately his sacrifice would only help the Eastern block. Our problem is no more lack of information but too much. 99% truth oftenly equals lie. Truth is a poor substitute for justice (which is unattainable).
    You can say that we should fight for democracy in the West so we could have a moral stand against the Dictatorships of the World. I can listen to that.

  • walter white
    walter white 4 months ago +1

    I suspect Facebook was never started as a private company. It is more likely that a government agency stole the idea from the Winklevoss twins, and gave it a fake front man, for the purpose of collecting data on citizens. Zuckerberg doesn't seem smart enough.

    • Anthony Campbell
      Anthony Campbell 4 months ago

      That's factually wrong. Why would you say something so silly?

  • Diesel HRT
    Diesel HRT 4 months ago

    When a Democrat is president, mainstream reporting rarely makes a connection between the story at hand and the current administration. The two are mutually exclusive. However, when a Republican is in the White House, the reporting takes the position that the administration either knew or was complicit in the story. In the rare instances where that narrative isn't pushed, the insinuation is that the situation is the result of complete incompetence. Personally I don't care. If it's factual then so be it. But be consistent.

  • ki daniels
    ki daniels 4 months ago +1

    We need sir is essential for safety...but when there is an error....rather than admitt it they snow everything under with smear Champaign.
    NSA is needed. That being said we simply need a way 4 corrections should be made. That's all

    • Howard Chambers
      Howard Chambers 2 months ago +1

      ki daniels thank you for helping me to learn a new language.

  • long drink of silence dude

    I love America but will never trust our government it's police and information services . They are corporate whores . helping excessive takings , destroying fair trade in name of corporate greed . American people have been brain washed away from the constitutional truth that government should always be watched because of systemic evils always seeking expression. Animal Farm alive and seeking more control.

  • Erikjoelalexander
    Erikjoelalexander 4 months ago

    Who cares about if anyone spy on your internet traffic? I really don't. I don't send or recieve intimate pictures so I got nothing to hide.

  • Zg Programeri
    Zg Programeri 4 months ago

    16:40 Put your cell phone in a cocktail shaker? As soon as you take it out all the data is transmitted. What difference does it make.

  • fergal farrelly
    fergal farrelly 4 months ago +8

    Snowden has the biggest set of balls on earth to do what he did and him of all people knows what his former coleuges are capable of. I still would not be surprised if Snowden got a fast acting cancer any time soon or was in a tragic accident.

  • Abdulrazzaq Abdulkarem
    Abdulrazzaq Abdulkarem 4 months ago

    Once A.I. takes over there will be no privacy, even on the Dark Web.

  • Kaveman Synthwave
    Kaveman Synthwave 4 months ago

    Tough Crowd... Good speech :)

  • Geoffrey Lee
    Geoffrey Lee 4 months ago +1

    Regrettably the US has become a police state.

  • DJ FX
    DJ FX 5 months ago +1

    big brother is a reality

  • Mike Winn
    Mike Winn 5 months ago +5

    I am American and a strict constitutionalist. I believe in a strong nation. Strong defense. Anti terrorism. That being said, I believe equally in our rights. Our civil liberties. Our privacy and right to anonymity.
    I'm torn between our need for national security, and our right to privacy. That being said when it comes to data mining, spying on nationals and basically "guilty until proven innocent" it's like I teach my children, "if you have to ask yourself, 'is this wrong/should I do it?' the answer is almost always NO."

    • Ruben Defour
      Ruben Defour Month ago

      It's a very intresting topic. I try to view the privacy situation as follows.
      Let's scale it down to company level yiu want a security guard, guarding your company. And the security guard needs access to every room. This is where I agree. However right now the security guard is looking at all the employees while they go to the bathroom, the security guard is watching everything so closely he misses how the cleaning lady is stealing money from the vault and only notices 1 out of 10 burglers.

  • Peter O
    Peter O 5 months ago

    World War III will be beautiful and need to worry....enjoy.

  • Peter O
    Peter O 5 months ago +1

    The UK Fifty First State of the US of AIPAC....have Mr E Snowden under lock and key in London ratty Town.

  • Peter O
    Peter O 5 months ago

    GCHQ knows everyone....George Orwell's 1984.....worldwide.

  • Jason Ray
    Jason Ray 5 months ago

    Yeah, unlike Britain, America has a guaranteed right by our constitution to a free press, the cia or nsa can't just come in and shut down our press

    • Wylted 1
      Wylted 1 Month ago

      +Ashley Pearson just because he calls it fake news (meaning sensationalism etc.) Doesn't mean he wants to shut it down. Quite frankly I am surprised at all the people who think he is wrong about the mainstream media not being 100% honest.

    • Ashley Pearson
      Ashley Pearson 3 months ago

      Trump wants to!!

    • Peter O
      Peter O 5 months ago

      The AIPAC jews can and do.

  • Bill Green
    Bill Green 5 months ago +5

    When you say nothing has changed everything has changed. Rusbridger has been booted out and some US woman is now Guardian editor. Iphones are still ubiquitous and Blackberry the one device that was harder to hack nearly went out of business.

  • MariaEsther Estrada De Frets

    One of the worst TED talks ever... Sorry but true

  • d. kiovo
    d. kiovo 5 months ago

    "um" counter anyone?

  • Siva Rajamani
    Siva Rajamani 5 months ago +4

    anybody remember 1984?

    • christdragon
      christdragon Month ago

      "The answer to 1984 is 1776" - Alex Jones.

    • Howard Chambers
      Howard Chambers 2 months ago

      Siva Rajamani yeah, I was 26 and became a father for the first time.... ah memories!

    • Peter O
      Peter O 5 months ago

      The goyim would never understand...not ever.

  • Evolution Hotline
    Evolution Hotline 5 months ago

    my big question is... what do you have to hide. and from who?

    • Peter O
      Peter O 5 months ago

      Your sort would not have the brain span of one ant.

    A. DUBITANTE 5 months ago +1

    Not a great talker, because he's insecure, thus too fast, and jumps all the significant pauses. I was wondering how much of his content ppl really got, considering they're not native speakers. But even as one, you get the significance, and even the cool crocodile - but it just rushes by.
    Bet his book is fun reading, thoug.

  • Frank N.Stein
    Frank N.Stein 5 months ago +2


  • Arnold Van Kampen
    Arnold Van Kampen 5 months ago

    Reminds me of the movie, I think it was: 'The cutter'.
    People record their entire life out of free will.
    The cutter is the guy who is the video editor who
    stitches together a summary of a person's life and times
    for presenting at the funeral of the same.
    Repression is no repression if people embrace it out
    of free will.
    Like the infamous 'soma' drug from Aldous Huxley.
    Or the continuous fiddling with the phone (not really a phone anymore)
    not caring much about privacy.

  • Rico Chofsky
    Rico Chofsky 5 months ago +17

    Snowden told us what we've already knew since Dec. 2005 courtesy of the NY Times: NSA was monitoring domestic communications. And we've know since 1975 that the CIA spied on our allies. (And was involved in the ousting of Australia's prime minister.) Why should the intelligence agencies get their knickers in a twist? Maybe because he revealed how broad and invasive the program was.

  • The Sheepdog
    The Sheepdog 5 months ago +1

    The NSA cant access phone records from an iPhone from a possible terrorist and asks Apple for help and is denied but can access your microphone and camera.....? Okay...

    • Peter O
      Peter O 5 months ago

      You forgot mossad also.

    • Torque Loud
      Torque Loud 5 months ago

      I read somewhere that they can decrypt phones, and they did anyway in that case. They just asked Apple so it was on record, and so they'd be able to break into the phone legally. Any evidence they then recovered from the phone could be used in court as it was legally obtained. Can't remember where I read that though...

    • Rico Chofsky
      Rico Chofsky 5 months ago

      They cant access phone records from an ENCRYPTED iPhone. Big difference. The question is, are reporters savvy enough to encrypt their data? Maybe NOW they are. Pre-Snowden, probably not so much. (Btw, my smartphone IS NOT encrypted; no need.)

  • troy dalpiaz
    troy dalpiaz 5 months ago +1

    Hope the bad guys r reminded. we/ me/ Snowden/ the hole planet/ hates u n will fight u anywhere anyway anytime u spying perverts.

  • Tenderkins
    Tenderkins 5 months ago +5

    Spying on me would be super boring. Unless they like TedX, and physics.

  • Xplicid
    Xplicid 5 months ago +2

    PowerPoint remotely deleted 😆

  • Trey Bennett
    Trey Bennett 5 months ago

    Ah. This is what They want. To breed paranoia. The NSA has been spying on the American public for some time. They will induce fear whenever they can.

  • Alex Smith
    Alex Smith 5 months ago

    Absolutely hilarious.

  • sayem akhtar
    sayem akhtar 6 months ago

    Team Snoden