Edward Snowden Appears at South by Southwest Festival

Travis P Ball/Getty Images for SXSW(AUSTIN, Texas) -- NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke Monday to South by Southwest festival-goers and told the audience that government intrusion and spying might ultimately destroy the U.S. economy.

Appearing by a Skype video call, Snowden sat in front of an image of the U.S. constitution, which he claimed he defended with his leaks.

“We rely on the ability to trust our communications and without that we don't have anything, our economy cannot succeed,” Snowden said.

Snowden said he has no regrets about stealing top secret files and would absolutely do it again.

Snowden is wanted on felony charges in the United States.

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