Listen To Ed Snowden Drop Some Knowledge In New EDM Track

April 15, 2016

Although he's (presumably) in an undisclosed location in Russia, Edward Snowden still knows how to disseminate a message.

In this installment of "Snowden Does Something," the NSA whistleblower lays down a few lines on "Exit," a pulsing track by French electronic music producer Jean-Michel Jarre.


According to The Guardian, the two met after Jarre asked the outlet to put him in touch with Snowden. Jarre later told The Guardian, "I sent him a demo of the music, then had a meeting with Edward over Skype, 90 minutes of conversation, where I gave him the understanding of what I wanted to do, we talked about his situation, the reason why he did what he did, then we recorded his vocals."

Here's what Snowden says in the song:

"Technology can actually increase privacy. The question is: Why are our private details that are transmitted online, why are private details that are stored on our personal devices any different than the details and private records of our lives that are stored in our private journals? ... Saying that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. It's a deeply antisocial principle because rights are not just individual, they're collective, and what may not have value to you today may have value to an entire population, an entire people, an entire way of life tomorrow. And if you don't stand up for it, then who will?"