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Edward Snowden Speaks to the American People at SXSW

Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor?

The responses to this question incite passionate response from all sides of the political spectrum. Even more interesting is that the various perspectives on Snowden do not seem to be connected to political affiliation. For example, at CPAC 2014, the CPAC guests seemed to be split marginally in favor of Mr. Snowden. But there was a robust opposition to Snowden as well. The same can be said on the liberal side of the aisle as many Democrats have come out against Snowden (Schumer, Pelosi, etc.) but some liberals have sided with the erstwhile NSA computer geek.

Yesterday, Monday, he spoke to the crowds at the SXSW Music, film and interactive festival and conferences that take place each year in Austin, Texas.

Snowden’s interview was wide ranging, but one of the most interesting bits came when Snowden began discussing who was really to blame for weakening our national security.

I don’t think the leaders of the NSA will be too happy about being called the weak link in our national defense.

If you have time, I would highly recommend watching the entire interview with Edward Snowden.

Here’s the Full Video from the ACLU:

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He’s also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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