Monday 26 October at 8.30pm on ABC
Digital Dissidents: Blowing the whistle on government surveillance around the globe.
Lauded as heroes by some, denounced as traitors by others, they’re the “digital dissidents” whose revelations have made headlines around the world.
“Criticize me, hate me, but think about what matters in the issues. Right? Think about the world you want to live in." Edward Snowden
The decision by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to reveal covert US surveillance programs exposed the massive capabilities of the US spy agency to monitor communications around the globe.
“The way in which these disclosures happened have been damaging to the United States and damaging to our Intelligence capabilities.” US President Barack Obama
In speaking out, Snowden’s joined a group of self declared intelligence whistleblowers who have risked imprisonment.
“There was a moment where he said very clearly, very destinctly that I showed him the right way. I had always hoped that a Snowden would come along.“ Thomas Drake
In this documentary from German broadcaster WDR, Snowden, along with other whistleblowers from the NSA and Britain’s MI5 talk about their motivations for speaking out:
“Once you loose that sense of privacy and you start to selfcensor, you stop to be an effective and fully integrated citizen of that country, so privacy in my view is the last defense against the slide towards a police state or totalitarianism.“ Annie Machon
“If you let go your rights for a moment, you have lost them for a lifetime. And that’s why this matters: It’s because it happened and we didn’t know about that. We weren’t told about it.“ Edward Snowden
Digital Dissidents, from German broadcaster WDR and presented by Kerry O’Brien, goes to air on Monday 26th of October at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 27th of October at 10.00am and Wednesday 28th at midnight. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.