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CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Question During Edward Snowden’s Twitter Q&A

Edward Snowden‘s Twitter Q&A which began 80 minutes ago has been quite informative and even featured a question from Jake Tapper, host of CNN‘s The Lead.

Below is Tapper’s tweet and Snowden’s reply. Also, a link to a full transcript from the Q&A can be found here.

Q: @jaketapper #AskSnowden Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?

A: Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.

The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.

Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all

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Live Q&A with Edward Snowden Today at 3pm

edward-snowden-nsa-06-10-13-cropped-proto-custom_282Edward Snowden will answer the public’s questions at 3pm EST today during a Q&A hosted by The Courage Foundation. Questions can be submitted on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSnowden and his responses will then appear at http://www.freesnowden.is/asksnowden.

The live chat comes exactly a week after President Barack Obama gave an address in response to the public concerns raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations about U.S. surveillance practices. In the live chat, Edward Snowden is expected to give his first reaction to the President’s speech.

Courage, formerly the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund, is a trust, audited by accountants Derek Rothera & Company in the UK, for the purpose of providing legal defence and campaign aid to journalistic sources.

We’ll be sure to monitor the Q&A and will report back highlights of the online exchange. If you’d like to participate but prefer to stay anon, email your questions to fishbowljames@gmail.com and we’ll consider asking on your behalf.

This Week’s WTF Moments In The News

Every once in a while, you guys write stories so crazy we can barely believe what we’re reading. Here’s a round up of a few WTF moments from this week.

National Journal, Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice

The Story: Congressmen get paid, and some also collect pensions—lucrative pensions

WTF: This story may or may not be a big deal to you, depending where you fall on the political spectrum. Seems, though, if you work a job that promises you a pension and you put in your years of service—usually a lot of them, there’s not much of an argument for not collecting that pension. Unless, of course, you don’t actually put in your years of service. National Journal mentions Tea Party Rep. Trey Gowdy in South Carolina. There, if you’re a judge or state lawmaker, you can buy your years of service. Buy. It seems like that’s just what Gowdy did, but no one from Gowdy’s office had the balls to step up and actually admit it. “So, in 2011, the year after he rode the tea-party wave into Congress promising to slash government spending, he reported $88,432 in pension income—one of the 10 largest in Congress,” Congressional reporter Shane Goldmacher wrote.

#wefoundrusty…

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