Snowden’s Destroyed Macbook Air, Now At An Art Exhibition



Guys, remember Edward Snowden? The person who revealed that the United States government is brazenly breaching its citizens privacy collecting their d*ck pics is continuously in the limelight these days. After all those past revelations, the Guardian newspaper was forced to destroy all of their computers, containing documents received from the whistleblower Snowden on the  demands of GCHQ officials.

Well whatever the remains is left, it is now on display at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. The hardware in itself is quite mundane but given its history and how it got there at the first place, this would make it an interesting story.

Keeping that in mind the V&A museum had a new exhibition held specially, titled All of This Belongs to You running from now to July 19th, ironically examining everyone’s’ concern with increasing breach of privacy whereas the excessive obsession with sharing through social media.

Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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The description of Snowden’s laptop at the exhibition reads: “The destruction was supervised by two officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK’s intelligence, and security agency. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger described the destruction of the hardware as a ‘peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism’ because the newspaper had already said it held copies of the data overseas.”

The destruction of the Macbook Air by Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) represents the peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism states Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger as the important data was already stored in multiple drives overseas.

The symbolic destruction of the computer was hugely criticized by the media. This act, however, has again raised questions about the States government’s power and its intentions. The people who already have been condemning the government’s control freak actions have got one more reason to protest.

Do you think what GCHQ did was right?? Let us know in comments below!

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