SXSW tech crowd applauds whistleblower Snowden

Except for minor technical problems, the livestream appearance of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went off as planned at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin. Speaking from Russia via video link (Google Hangouts), Snowden participated in a discussion panel with ACLU lawyer Ben Wizner (who represents Snowden) and ACLU technologist Chris Soghoian, and took questions from the public via Twitter.

Rep. Pompeo calls for conference to disinvite Snowden

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) is in a tizzy that Edward Snowden has been invited to speak (remotely) at a technology conference in Austin.  In a letter to the conference organizers, SXSW, Pompeo alleges that Snowden’s “only apparent qualification is his willingness to steal from his own government and then flee to that beacon of First Amendment freedoms, the Russia of Vladimir Putin.” “I strongly urge you to withdraw this  invitation,” Pompeo writes.