Snowden to address Obama’s NSA comments in Thursday live chat

BY Zachary Treu  January 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM EDT
Video still by PBS NewsHour

Edward Snowden will answer questions in a live chat Thursday afternoon. Video still by PBS NewsHour

Edward Snowden will address the public during a live online chat Thursday on the “Free Snowden” website. Snowden is expected to respond to President Barack Obama’s remarks from last week about U.S. surveillance.

Questions can be submitted by using the #AskSnowden hashtag on Twitter, and answers will be posted for an hour beginning at 3 p.m. EST on freesnowden.is.

The live chat comes shortly after the Pew Research Center reported that most young Americans believe Snowden’s revelations served the public interest.

Fifty-seven percent of adults ages 18-29 believe that the leaks served the public interest, compared to only 35 percent of adults over 65. On the opposite side of the coin, 35 percent of young adults believe the leaks have harmed the public interest while 53 percent of adults over 65 believe the same.

The 18-29 age range is split, 42 percent to 42 percent, on the question of whether or not the government should pursue a criminal case against Snowden. A majority of all other age groups say that Snowden should be prosecuted.

And a majority believe “Americans shouldn’t have to give up privacy and freedom in order to be safe from terrorism,” according to Pew and USA TODAY.

In December, Judy Woodruff looked back on the Snowden leaks and the changes to come.