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Edward Snowden warns Israelis of the hazards of accepting state surveillance

Whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Israelis to stay alert against heavy-handed government and private surveillance in a speech on Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported. Snowden had exposed the US government’s program of mass spying on citizens in 2013.

Snowden also underlined Israel’s high-tech capabilities, but warned that accepting too much government surveillance and too easily acceding to the argument that it is needed for security reasons posed serious risks.

“If we can allow ourselves to be terrorised by someone with nothing but a knife, to reorder our societies for the convenience of state power … we’ve stopped being citizens and we’ve started being subjects,” said Snowden, speaking via video link from an undisclosed location in Moscow.

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