Edward Snowden to talk via video chat at Ohio Wesleyan

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DELAWARE, OH (WCMH/AP) — Ohio Wesleyan University will host a video chat with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agent contract employee who took more than a million documents and leaked them to journalists.

A release from Ohio Wesleyan University says Snowden will talk about his actions, at 7pm, September 28, as part of the university’s 2016-2017 Sagan National Colloquium, which is exploring the growing importance of “Data in Our Lives.” The video discussion will be held in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 Sandusky St., Delaware.

Snowden is living in asylum in Russia, seeking to be pardoned for his actions, and still unwilling to remain silent. He is the focus of a new movie, “Snowden,” directed by Oliver Stone, and he will speak via video conference at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Snowden’s revelations about the agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records set off a fierce debate that pitted civil libertarians concerned about privacy against more hawkish lawmakers fearful about losing tools to combat terrorism. Democrats and libertarian-leaning Republicans pushed through a reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act last year that ended the program.

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