Snowden is a Surprise Guest at SXSW

Snowden told his SXSW Skype audience:

The NSA…they’re setting fire to the future of the Internet. And the people in this room, you guys are the firefighters. We need you to help us fix this,

Snowden wanted to address the technorati in Austin and the policy wonks in Washington because:

The tech community are the ones who could help fix this situation, more than people in Washington,” Snowden said. “There’s a tech response needed. It’s the makers, thinkers, and the dev community who can help make sure we’re safe.”

In rebuttal (not really):