According to a court filing called “Edward Snowden Speaking Engagements 2015-2020,” the infamous NSA whistleblower was paid to discuss the cryptocurrency and other digital assets at virtual conferences during the last few years.
The document submitted to the court on August 14, 2020, discusses Snowden’s speaking engagements and how he was paid for a few speeches to engage in interviews about bitcoin (BTC) and various altcoins.
The “Edward Snowden Speaking Engagements 2015-2020” shows that the former CIA and NSA contractor made around $35k for speaking at the two cryptocurrency engagements. The documents show that Snowden was paid $20,000 to speak at the 2018 Blockstack Berlin event.
The following year, Bitcoin Magazine’s owner BTC Media paid Snowden around $15k for his virtual presence at the Bitcoin 2019 conference in San Francisco.
Snowden was contracted to speak at 67 events throughout the five-year span between 2015 and 2020. The U.S. government believes it owed proceeds from Snowden’s funding that stemmed from speeches held at these conferences and events.
Snowden has discussed bitcoin on various occasions and the day after ‘Black Thursday’ he tweeted that it was “the first time in a while I’ve felt like buying bitcoin.” At the time, BTC’s price plummeted to a low of $3,800 per coin on March 12, 2020.
In interview with ACLU, Edward Snowden touched on Bitcoin, cryptocurrency and blockchain topics. The famous whistleblower spoke about the benefits of crypto money and blockchain technologies proving to be quite enthusiastic about the potential of Bitcoin to change the way society works.