This is the transcript I made of a message from Edward Snowden that was read out by Jacob Appelbaum yesterday at the Whistleblower Award 2013. You can watch the video on YouTube.
Last month the Guardian revealed the details of a GCHQ program called “Mastering the Internet”, aimed at vacuuming up as much internet data as possible. It emerged that the agency was able to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fiber optic cables for up to 30 days. Friday German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published the names (and secret code names) of the companies that have given the GCHQ secret unlimited access to their network of undersea cables.