Edward Snowden is now earning up to $25,000 a speech

Edward Snowden speaks to a massive Danish music festival
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Fugitive former NSA contractor/whistleblower Edward Snowden may be living in exile in Moscow, but he still gets around. In 2016 alone, he has spoken, via video chat, to audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Comic-Con San Diego, a surveillance symposium in Tokyo, Denmark's huge Roskilde Festival, and two public U.S. universities. For the most part, he's not speaking pro bono, and thanks to an arrangement with an elite speakers bureau, he has pulled in more than $200,000 in fees over the past year, Michael Isikoff and Michael Kelley report at Yahoo News, citing "a source close to Snowden."

The speakers agency, American Program Bureau (APB), which also represents former President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jon Stewart, started arranging Snowden's virtual appearances last September. "In my view, I think he has violated the oath that he made to this Constitution and this government," CIA Director John Brennan told Yahoo News. "Getting remuneration for it is very unfortunate and wrong."

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