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Congressman Mike Pompeo wants SXSW to nix Edward Snowden interview

A US Congressman from Kansas, Mike Pompeo, wants SXSW to pull the plug on a scheduled interview with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden

Michael Hatamoto | Mar 9, 2014 at 11:39 am CDT (0 mins, 57 secs reading time)

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) doesn't want SXSW organizers to interview former NSA IT contractor Edward Snowden, saying Snowden cares more about personal fame than personal privacy of US citizens.

Congressman Mike Pompeo wants SXSW to nix Edward Snowden interview |

SXSW officials wanted to open a debate focused on government surveillance and how important it is to help develop the online ecosystem.

"Mr. Snowden's appearance would stamp the imprimatur of your fine organization on a man who ill deserves such accolades," Congressman Pompeo said in an open letter. "Rewarding Mr. Snowden's behavior in this way encourages the very lawlessness he exhibited. Such lawlessness - and the ongoing intentional distortion of truth that he and his media enables have engaged in since the release of these documents - undermines the very fairness and freedom that SXSW and the ACLU purport to foster. I strongly urge you to withdraw this invitation."

SXSW organizers expect to receive a huge ovation from SXSW attendees with the interview - and many supporters across the world will follow the event on Monday. It seems highly unlikely that Congressman Pompeo's plea will even receive a public response, especially with continuing disgust of the NSA's organized spying operations.

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