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Edward Snowden and his relationship with Bitcoin


Edward Snowden is being sued by the United States government, who seek to make a profit from the sale of his books and the lectures held, including speeches on Bitcoin.

Who is Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden is an American who leaked highly sensitive and classified information from the US National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013.

Among the information were details about the numerous global surveillance programs, many of them run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance.

The leak evidently sparked a round of cultural debates and discussions about national security and individual privacy.

Therefore, this week new information was revealed where it is established that Edward Snowden would have obtained at least $ 35,000 for giving virtual talks about Bitcoin. This according to the recently published court filing.

Lectures on Bitcoin

To be more precise, Blockstack paid him $ 20,000 to speak at Blockstack Berlin in March 2018. In fact, that interview can currently be heard on Blockstack’s YouTube channel.

Also, BTC Media paid him $ 15,000 to speak in Bitcoin 2019. For those who do not remember, this was a conference held in San Francisco in June 2019. Similarly, this interview can be seen on the YouTube channel of Bitcoin Magazine.

Image extracted from the published document showing the payments made by Edward Snowden for talking about Bitcoin.
Image extracted from the published document showing the payments made by Edward Snowden.

Obviously, these conferences were held in an online format, since Snowden is currently in exile in Russia.

In this sense, the objective of this information is that the United States government says that it is entitled to the income obtained from its speeches that is greater than $ 1.2 million.

So the American Program Bureau gave the government a list of 67 conference engagements it had reserved for Snowden between September 2015 and May 2020.

The interesting thing is that this report includes only the “speaker’s fees”, that is, Snowden for talking about Bitcoin. However, other possible costs are not included. Therefore, the amount paid for each of these conferences may be a higher amount.

Will Snowden return from exile?

Recently, according to Reuters, US President Donald Trump indicated that he would seek a possible pardon for Snowden.

In response to Trump’s comment, Snowden tweeted the following:

“The last time we heard from a White House considering a pardon was in 2016, when the same Attorney General who once indicted me admitted that, overall, my work in exposing the unconstitutional NSA mass surveillance system had been ‘a public service'”.

At the moment, Snowden keeps expressing his opinions on Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. Even in March of this year during “Black Thursday”, Snowden said he was thinking about acquiring Bitcoin.

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