Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor claiming responsibility for leaking classified NSA documents, is speaking out again. The Guardian, whose civil libertarian contributor Glenn Greenwald broke the original story alongside the Washington Post, announced today that Snowden has agreed to an ask-me-anything live chat later this morning.
"Edward Snowden is giving Guardian readers the exclusive," the post says. The news outlet has found itself at the center of one of the most important leaks in American history, as has Greenwald, and they continue to highlight their unusual level of access to a man who's travelled across the world to hide from the very agency he used to work for.
The chat will take place at 11 a.m. EST / 4 p.m. BST, and may be disrupted due to security concerns, or unstable access to a secure Internet connection. Readers can follow along on the Guardian's site, where they can post their own questions for Snowden, and recommend those from others. Readers can follow along as well on Twitter, at #AskSnowden.
The former contractor will be communicating from Hong Kong, where he remains for the time being. It is a situation that many expect will complicate the already delicate relationship between America and China, should U.S. government officials apply for extradition. Residents of Hong Kong, an island that has long operated semi-independent from mainland China, have been holding rallies this week in support of their new celebrity refugee.