Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Snowden to Address Pitt Students Via Video Stream Controversial Fugitive to Speak from Russia

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Snowden to Address Pitt Students Via Video Stream Controversial Fugitive to Speak from Russia

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Edward J. Snowden, a former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor whose massive document leaks exposed actions including government snooping on citizens and made him an international fugitive, will speak to University of Pittsburgh students next month via live video stream.

The Pitt Program Council, a student-run programming organization, is paying an undisclosed amount for what it says will be "a conversation" with Mr. Snowden.

The council's Twitter feed says he will field questions from students as part of the event at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room. It said those with a valid Pitt student ID can pick up free tickets on campus today.

Mr. Snowden, a whistleblower to some and a traitor to others, has been in hiding in Russia. He has delivered remarks remotely to audiences in this country and abroad since 2013, reaping fees that The New York Times reported in 2015 sometimes top $10,000 per appearance.

Joseph Miksch, a Pitt spokesman, said the council followed required university processes and guidelines in booking the event and that the council is using income from student activity fees. …

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