(QHA) - Channel 4 delivering an "alternative Christmas message" every year as a counterpoint to the Queen's annual Christmas address has invited NSA leaker Edward Snowden to speak directly to UK citizens about privacy issues and, according to Channel 4, "why he believes mass indiscriminate surveillance by governments of their people is wrong", reports the Verge.
“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that's a problem, because privacy matters," he said.
Snowden has been more visible in recent days, delivering an extensive interview yesterday with The Washington Post effectively a half-year after the first classified documents from his trove began to leak. "If [the government] really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying," Snowden says in his Channel 4 video, closing by wishing viewers a merry Christmas.
The alternative Christmas message is a message broadcast by Channel 4 since 1993, as a sometimes humorous and sometimes serious alternative to the Royal Christmas Message of Queen Elizabeth II.
Note: Since 1993, Channel 4 has broadcast an "alternative Christmas message" usually featuring a contemporary, often controversial celebrity, delivering a message in the manner of Her Majesty. Those who’ve given the message include the former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Afghan war veteran Major Andrew Stockton, Adam Hills, Katie Piper, Quentin Crisp, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, The Simpsons, and 9/11 survivor Genelle Guzman.