Snowden’s Warning to the World

Newsweek reported:

Whistleblower Edward Snowden issued an ominous yet vague warning on Thursday about how the failure of institutions will usher in a “revolution” with unknown consequences.

Although he has been a Moscow citizen for years, Snowden has not hesitated to share his views on domestic matters in the U.S. — such as urging House Speaker Mike Johnson to push back against warrantless surveillance or reprimanding Gary Gensler, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, after a bitcoin-related post appeared following the hacking of the SEC’s X (formerly Twitter) account.

In the U.S., trust in public institutions — which began rapidly declining during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — is at historic lows, according to aggregated polling data.

After recording significant declines in public confidence in 11 of 16 institutions in 2022, the most recent Gallup data found that numbers decreased even more last year. Public resentment grew due to a perceived lack of faith in Congress, the criminal justice system and various forms of news media. In addition, the presidency and the Supreme Court drew citizens’ resentment in 2022. Public faith has also decreased in financial institutions and organized religion.

On X, Snowden also mentioned a coming revolution in artificial intelligence, saying that “if you thought human judgment was bad, just wait until you see what replaces it.”