Today, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s NFT sold for approximately $ 5.4 millionor 2,224 ETH. The NFT is of a work of art showing an image of Snowden’s face, made from pages of a US court ruling that the massive surveillance program that brought Snowden to light had violated US law.
The image is called ‘Stay Free’.
However, the profit doesn’t go to America’s most famous whistleblower-in-exile. Instead, the sale is to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, where Snowden is the president. His board includes actor John Cusack, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and the writer Glenn Greenwald.
We have a winner, internet friends. I want to say a very special thank you to everyone who has been following this for the past 24 hours, and the deepest gratitude from EVERYONE at our @Francisco to those who bid for our charity event. You help us make a better world. Stay free! https://t.co/A5SJDs5Sjp
– Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 16, 2021
“Emerging cryptography applications can play an important role in supporting our rights,” Snowden said in a statement from the Freedom of the Press Foundation“This auction will stimulate the development of valuable and privacy-protecting uses of encryption to ensure freedom of the press and serve the public.”
Snowden, who currently lives in Moscow, copied top-secret information from the National Security Agency and gave it to Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in 2013. The articles are based on Snowden’s information published in The Guardian and The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2020, seven years after Snowden passed his documents to Greenwald and Poitras, the The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the massive surveillance of Americans’ phone data was illegal.