Edward Snowden speaks to SXSW

File photo: Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
File photo: Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian. Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras /EPA/LANDOV

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, is speaking to the South By Southwest Interactive forum this hour.

Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW Interactive

Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., is speaking from Russia, where he's been given temporary asylum.

Earlier today, NPR previewed his SXSW appearance.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Constitution As A Backdrop:

The background behind Snowden (presumably thanks to a "green screen" projection), is an image of the U.S. Constitution.

Note: NPR is not a SXSW sponsor, but our friends on the Music Desk are webcasting music from there and some NPR staff are appearing on some SXSW panels.

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