Earlier this month LARB co-sponsored a forum at UC Irvine: What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World. Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the conference featured panels, interviews, and performances on the topic of freedom of expression and its relationship to media and satire, to the digital era, to campus politics, to repressive conditions around the world, and to a number of other topics in the realm of law and freedom. Edward Snowden was one of many important public figures who joined the conversation.
Snowden spoke via Google Hangout with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman, one of the three journalists Snowden entrusted when he first leaked NSA documents in the summer of 2013. In the clip above, Gellman asks Snowden about his earlier political views, which were hinted at when Snowden wrote in an Ars Technica affiliated chatroom in 2009 that leakers “should be shot in the balls.” See the full interview between Snowden and Gellman below. And visit the “Provocations” blog for more content connected to the forum.