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Image: Aymann Ismail / ANIMAL New York


Edward Snowden statue appears in Brooklyn overnight


The bust was installed on top of a memorial to Revolutionary War Soldiers

Market Watch
By Sally French
6 April 2015

A trio of anonymous artists and helpers installed a bust of Edward Snowden in Brooklyn Monday morning.

The 100-pound statue was hauled into Fort Greene Park just before dawn, according to ANIMALNewYork, which originally reported the story.

The idea for the statue came from two artists and was made by a West Coast sculptor. Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to mainstream media in June 2013. He was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property and currently lives in Russia.

The statue was fused to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War Soldiers, in Fort Greene Park. The monument marks the site of a crypt for more than 11,500 people known as the prison ship martyrs, who were held captive by the British during the Battle of Long Island and died of disease, overcrowding and starvation.

“We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies,” the artists told ANIMALNewYork in a statement about the project. “It would be a dishonor to those memorialized here to not laud those who protect the ideals they fought for, as Edward Snowden has by bringing the NSA’s 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance programs to light. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze.”


Image: Aymann Ismail / ANIMAL New York


The statue was removed by Monday afternoon.

“The erection of any unapproved structure or artwork in a city park is illegal,” said NYC Parks spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson.

A video on Vine shows officials covering the sculpture with a blue tarp.





Photos on Twitter later show the statue being removed.






In other weekend Snowden news, John Oliver of “Last Week Tonight” flew to Russia and did an interview with him. Oliver is one of a handful of journalists who has met Snowden in person in Russia.

Snowden was an hour late to the interview and, just before he arrived, Oliver realized the building was located across the street from Russia’s Federal Security Bureau headquarters, former home to the KGB. Oliver quipped, “We’ve just been told they know we’re here. So, um, so that happened.”

But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview? When John Oliver showed Snowden just how well known he is in the U.S.: in interviews filmed with people on the street in New York City’s Times Square, many said he founded WikiLeaks (which was founded by Julian Assange).

“I’ve heard the name, I just can’t think right now what it is,” one of the people interviewed said.

New York City may now be home to an Edward Snowden monument, but apparently many in the city don’t know who he is.

Watch the John Oliver interview with Snowden here:



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5 comments :

  1. As Ben Carson said, we are not smart enough to determine if Edward Snowden is a patriot or not... so they get rid of him to remove all doubt.

    ~ Get Real

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  2. Most people don't know Brooklyn ! BROOKLYN don't take no "S***"

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  3. What is most interesting is that Hillary head-quarters for her presidential bid is in Brooklyn ( one of NYC boroughs of which there are 5, the others being Queens,Manhattan AKA NYC, Bronx and Staten Island) Interesting the rest of the country may now get to realize how opinionated people in that part on NYC are. Lets see how the MSM plays this off. There have been many major stand off with NY police in that area of NY. Union busting in major health care facilities has failed as well. I pray this woman nor a Bush become president.

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  4. Kudos Snowden. Sad thing is, so many still see him as a traitor instead of the hero that he is.

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  5. This is evidence that people are not fooled . John we need a big push to enlighten even more people here in the US !

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