American whistleblower Edward Snowden gave Britain’s Alternative Christmas message.
Formerly a contract worker with the National Security Agency, he revealed details of surveillance by both the UK and US.
He says the spying is worse than in the dystopic book 1984:
“Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book – microphones, video cameras and TVs that watch us – are nothing compared to what we have available today,” said Snowden.
And he went on with this warning for the future:
“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded unanalysed thought.”
Snowden disclosed thousands of documents detailing an intensive surveillance that swept up massive amounts of information on ordinary citizens.
But since the revelations, public support has been strong.
He is currently living under temporary asylum in Russia, despite the US calling for him to be sent back.