Saturday 17th April 2021 6:30 pm
The NFT is a work of art showing an image of Snowden’s face made from the pages of the US Court of Appeals ruling that the mass surveillance program Snowden revealed had violated US law, the image called “Stay Free.”
However, the profits will not go to Snowden but are intended to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation of which he takes over. Its board of directors includes actor John Cusack, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and writer Glenn Greenwald.
“Emerging applications of coding can play an important role in upholding our rights,” Snowden said in a statement issued by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. “This auction will develop valuable and privacy-protected uses of cryptography, to protect press freedom and serve the public.”
Snowden, who currently lives in Moscow, copied top-secret information from the NSA and provided it to Greenwald and documentary director Laura Poitras in 2013.
And in 2020, seven years after Snowden passed his documents to Greenwald and Poitras, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that mass surveillance of Americans’ phone records was illegal.
Edward Snowden is an American, technical contractor and CIA operative who worked as a contractor with the National Security Agency before he leaked details of the Prism spy program to the press.
In June 2013 Snowden leaked top-classified materials from the NSA, including the Prism program to the Guardian and The Washington Post.