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Edward Snowden at TED: Governments wanted me dead, more documents to be revealed

By Martyn Landi

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has made a surprise appearance as a speaker at the TED conference in Vancouver, claiming certain governments wanted him dead.

Mr Snowden appeared on-stage on a remote screen alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, who was putting forward his vision of a magna carta for the internet that would enshrine the right to web freedom.

"It is no mystery that there are governments out there that want to see me dead," Mr Snowden, who is currently living in Russia, said. "I don't want to harm any governments but they cannot ignore due process.

"A Magna Carta is exactly what we need. We need to encode our values in the structure of the internet. By engaging the people who rely on it every day we will get a better internet and build a future better than we can imagine," he said.

"My generation grew up in the internet but I never expected to be defending it in such a practical way or representing it as an avatar."

"I am living proof that that an individual can go head-to-head with the most powerful intelligence agencies around the world and win."

"The NSA violated their own rules thousands of times in a year. They intercepted all the calls in Washington DC by accident. And it turns out the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee had no idea until the Washington Post contacted her for comment. What does that say about the state of oversight in American intelligence?"

"The biggest thing that internet companies can do to protect their users is to put encryption on every page you visit.

"If you buy the book 1984 from Amazon, intelligence agencies from around the world can see that."

Ted curator Chris Anderson asked why people should care about their privacy.

"People should be able to pick up the phone or send a text message or buy a book online without wondering how these events will look to intelligence agencies," Mr Snowden replied.

His appearance follows a similar video link at the SXSW technology event in Austin, Texas, last month, and delivering the alternative Christmas message on Channel Four.

The Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) conference brings together speakers from around the world to share their ideas on how to improve and better understand the world.

Mr Snowden also hinted that there were more documents to be revealed.

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