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Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at the ACLU SoCal Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

Monday, November 14, 2016 0:33
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    A snapshot of Edward Snowden’s surprise appearance at the dinner, where he shared the stage with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.(Robert Scheer)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as tell Americans that, “When systems fall, when things break down.. people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

When Gordon-Levitt exclaimed that he didn’t even know Snowden would appear, the whistleblower joked, “It turns out I can keep a secret.”

Truthdig publisher Zuade Kaufman and editor in chief Robert Scheer were in attendance at the ceremony which took place at Beverly Wilshire Hotel Sunday night. Other honorees included Norman Lear, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, director Catherine Hardwicke and Buzzfeed executive Frank Cooper III.

A video of the event will be made available on Monday, so check back to watch Snowden, Lear and others. Meanwhile, here are some tweets of highlights from the night.

“We started this journey caring for others and we will end this journey caring for others” -Khizr Khan

— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) November 14, 2016

Khizr Khan has two notes written in his copy of the Constitution – one of them is the @ACLU‘s phone number. #ACLUdinner

— Christine Parker (@ceemarieparker) November 14, 2016

“We have to keep speaking out together about pay inequality and gender bias either conscious or unconscious.” – @C_Hardwicke

— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) November 14, 2016

.@Snowden: “When systems fall, when things break down.. people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.” #ACLUdinner

— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) November 14, 2016

“Refuse to give up even when things don’t go your way” Joseph Gordon Levitt @hitRECordJoe with @Snowden #ACLUdinner

— Jodie Evans (@MsJodieEvans) November 14, 2016

“I feel a little like I’ve come home.I spent many exciting, tumultuous and hopeful years with the ACLU of Southern California. ” -@Janefonda

— ACLU SoCal (@ACLU_SoCal) November 14, 2016

Norman Lear celebrates Joseph Gordon-Levitt for being a hero for all of us @ACLU_SoCal #ACLUdinner

— Jodie Evans (@MsJodieEvans) November 14, 2016

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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    I think it’s great that Snowden is getting some positive press and exposure. As a whistleblower he should of been protected by the people of this country. He was doing his fellow citizens a great favor by exposing all the corruption taking place by the political elites for their own personal interests and blackmail schemes. It would be appropriate to allow this man back into the country without the fear of vindictive reprisals by those who wish to keep their crimes from prying eyes.

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