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Robot Snowden promises more US spying revelations

Published on Mar 19, 2014 6:46 AM
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears by remote-controlled robot at a Technology Entertainment Design conference in Vancouver on March 18, 2014. 

VANCOUVER (AFP) - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden emerged from his Russian exile on Tuesday in the form of a remotely-controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programmes.

The fugitive's face appeared on a screen as he manoeuvred the wheeled android around a stage at a TED gathering, addressing an audience in Vancouver without ever leaving his secret hideaway.

"There are absolutely more revelations to come," he said. "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come." Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor who has been charged in the United States with espionage, dismissed the public debate about whether he is a heroic whistleblower or traitor.

Instead, he used the conference organised by educational non-profit organisation TED (Technology Entertainment Design), to call for people worldwide to fight for privacy and Internet freedom.

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