Members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee say Edward Snowden “perpetrated the largest and most damaging public disclosure of classified information in our nation’s history” when he “stole 1.5 million classified documents” from National Security Agency networks and revealed data-gathering practices in 2013.

When Snowden announced his actions, from a hotel room in Hong Kong, he told the media he could not remain silent. “I’m willing to sacrifice [my former life],” he said, “because I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom, and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

Today, Snowden is living in asylum in Russia, seeking to be pardoned for his actions, and still unwilling to remain silent. He is the focus of a new movie, “Snowden,” directed by Oliver Stone, and he will speak via video conference this week at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Snowden will discuss his actions, their purpose, and their consequence at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2016-2017 Sagan National Colloquium, which is exploring the growing importance of “Data in Our Lives.” The video discussion will be held in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more about Snowden, now a member of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, at

Unless otherwise noted, all following events will be held in the Benes Rooms on the first floor of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Staff report