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Edward Snowden to discuss Donald Trump presidency and privacy at live streamed event

Live event has now ended but can be viewed below

Edward Snowden will discuss the future of privacy under US President Donald Trump. will host the exclusive post-election livestream Q&A with Snowden on Thursday.

The event begins at 9:30pm in the UK and Ireland  (4:30 PM Eastern time in the US) on November 10.

The feed will be broadcast from the Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam where Snowden will be patched in to a live theatre audience via satellite transmission from Moscow.

Edward Snowden became world famous after he handed journalists classified documents detailing the global espionage activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

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Snowden’s exposure of covert government surveillance put privacy firmly on the map, but also put him at great risk. He was forced to flee the US in 2013 to avoid arrest and currently resides in Russia, where he has been given asylum.

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Robert Beens, CEO of, said: "There is no one better than Edward Snowden to comment on how recent world developments like the US election will affect consumer privacy.

"This will be an historic event, and we are honoured he accepted our invitation.

"Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying and mass data collection are of crucial importance to our society, but he had to sacrifice his free life for it.

Edward Snowden on a video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu. (AP)
Edward Snowden on a video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by ACLU Hawaii in Honolulu. (AP)

"We are proud to honour his service and help bring his privacy message to the world."

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The Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden’s attorney Ben Wizner of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project have been instrumental in helping make this historic event possible, Beens added.

He also expressed gratitude to Amnesty International and for spearheading a petition drive that calls on US President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden before leaving office in January 2017.

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