Edward Snowden’s New Role: Product Pitchman

Posted by Mike Confino, July 25, 2014

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has been given many titles: Whistleblower. Traitor. Asylum-seeker.

Now, the fugitive National Security Agency contractor appears to have found a new role: Product pitchman.

In recent interviews and speeches at tech conferences, where he appeared remotely via Google Hangout, Snowden has endorsed several privacy and security tools — whether the product’s makers wanted his help or not.

Last week, Snowden told The Guardian that consumers should avoid the cloud storage service Dropbox, which he said was “hostile to privacy,” and instead use a lesser-known competitor, SpiderOak, because it makes it harder for law enforcement to obtain stored content.

via Edward Snowden’s New Role: Product Pitchman.

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