Snowden goes after Bitcoin devs, Elon Musk and puppy killers in X flurry

Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the United States National Security Agency accused of espionage after leaking classified information, had a busy day on the X social media app on May 2, when he seemed to have a modicum of vitriol for everyone from the current governor of South Dakota to the world’s richest person. 

Snowden, an outspoken whistleblower who lived in asylum in Russia until 2022, when he was granted full citizenship in the country, has risen to media prominence in the wake of his whistleblower incident. Currently, he holds celebrity status, especially among some technology-based communities, and is well known for speaking out on topics he considers related to freedom and privacy.

Elon Musk

Another celebrity technologist who’s known for speaking out on issues related to freedom, Elon Musk, was among those who drew the ire of Snowden during his May 2 tirade. After Musk posted a poll asking whether someone who “tears down the American flag and puts up another flag in its place” should be deported to the country whose flag they raised, Snowden chastised the billionaire with a lesson on freedom of expression.

Source: @ElonMusk

“First of all,” Snowden began in a post on Musk’s X social media platform, “Americans’ freedom of expression, which includes all manner of flag-trampling and other unlikable acts, is constitutionally-protected for a very good reason.” He then asked what would happen if someone replaced the United States flag with a flag bearing the McDonald’s logo.

Source: Edward Snowden

In an additional post, Snowden continued:

“Because no law—even one described, like the Constitution, as the ‘supreme law of the land’—possesses a force of its own; the ink cannot leap from the page to fight for your rights. A law can only defend the people when the people defend the law. Its power derives from our own.”

Musk seems not to have responded.

Related: Musk to charge new X users to post, but some say it won’t stop the bots


On the subject of Bitcoin (BTC), Snowden posted what he called his final warning:

Source: Edward Snowden

“I’ve been warning Bitcoin…



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