After saying last year that Bitcoin itself probably wouldn’t exist in the long run, Edward Snowden appeared at the Bitcoin 2019 conference to discuss the ways that Bitcoin helps people in a world of increased surveillance.
Snowden: I Bought Servers with BTC to Protect Privacy
Snowden admitted that he had used the dominant cryptocurrency to pay for servers he then used to leak data years back, speaking via video call.
The lengthy talk touched a range of topics, including Bitcoin’s association with criminals. Snowden pointed out that more criminals use the dollar.
Edward Snowden is most famous for leaking government secrets while working as a government contractor for the NSA. He turned over thousands of documents about government torture and data collection programs to journalists including Glenn Greenwald.
The hacker then executed a perfect getaway and currently remains in hiding in Russia.
During his talk, he spoke of the way that Bitcoin gives people power that governments have taken away. You can’t freely send money around the world, he pointed out, but cryptocurrency brings that back.