This 29 year-old analyst just gave up his whole life — his girlfriend, his job, and his home — to blow the whistle on the US government’s shocking PRISM program — which has been reading and recording our emails, Skype messages, Facebook posts and phone calls for years.
When Bradley Manning passed this kind of data to Wikileaks, the US threw him naked into solitary confinement in conditions that the UN called “cruel, inhumane and degrading”.
The authorities and press are deciding right now how to handle this scandal. If millions of us stand with Edward in the next 48 hours, it will send a powerful statement that he should be treated like the brave whistleblower that he is, and it should be PRISM, and not Edward, that the US cracks down on:
PRISM is profoundly disturbing: it gives the US government unlimited access to all of our personal email and social media accounts on Google, Youtube, Facebook, Skype, Hotmail, Yahoo and much more. They’re recording billions of our messages every month and the CIA can now or in future use the information to prosecute, persecute, or blackmail us, our friends or our families!
Edward was horrified by this unprecedented violation of individual privacy. So he copied large amounts of files, escaped to Hong Kong and sent them to the Guardian newspaper for publication. Now he’s trapped in a hotel room, waiting to be arrested. A global outcry could save him from extradition to the US, and encourage other countries to grant him asylum.
We can’t let the US do to Edward what they did to Bradley Manning. Let’s urgently stand with him, and against PRISM: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_prism_8/?bzHFLab&v=25768
Sometimes the things our governments do are simply breathtaking. When heroic individuals like Edward have risked their own freedoms to bring scandals of this scale into light, the Avaaz community has come together to demand fair treatment — and won. After more than half a million of us called on the US government to stop its cruel treatment of Bradley Manning, he was relocated to a medium-security prison and taken out of solitary confinement. If we act quickly, we might do better for Edward, and help him win the fight he’s bravely taken on, for all our sakes.
With hope and determination,
Emma, Oli, Dalia, Laura, Ricken, Rewan and the whole Avaaz team