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Edward Snowden To Deliver Channel 4's Christmas Message

In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst
In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Award, according to videos released by the organization WikiLeaks. The award ceremony was attended by three previous recipients. (AP Photo)

Edward Snowden will deliver the Channel 4 "Alternative Christmas Message" for 2013, the British television broadcaster announced Tuesday.

Since 1993, Channel 4 has been broadcasting an "alternative Christmas message" delivered by a high-profile, usually controversial, figure who has had an impact on news that year. Past messengers have included Sharon Osbourne, Adam Hills and former Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Snowden recorded the message from Russia where he was granted temporary asylum in August. Channel 4 released parts of the recording Tuesday, in which Snowden tells listeners that "George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information."

“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all," Snowden said. "They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

The message will air at 4:15 p.m. on Christmas Day in the UK, and will be available to view here. Channel 4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne said that the broadcaster's decision to select Snowden gives viewers a rare opportunity.

“Edward Snowden’s decision to reveal the extent of surveillance programmes was one of the most significant news events of the year. The information which he has placed in the public domain raises serious questions for democratic society. This is an opportunity for our viewers to hear from him directly and judge for themselves what he has to say.“

The NSA leaker made headlines again recently in an interview with The Washington Post, published Monday night, in which he declared victory for the U.S. surveillance secrets he revealed, stating, "I already won."

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