25 October 2013, 16:46

Snowden’s leaks to result in significant changes between countries – expert

Snowden’s leaks to result in significant changes between countries – expert

In an interview with Voice of Russia Professor Spencer Zifcak says that Edward Snowden’s revelations may “result in very significant changes in relationships between the US and a number of European countries in the short term”.

Spencer Zifcak is a professor of Human Rights Law, Melbourne University and President of the National Civil Liberties Organization, Liberty Victoria, in Australia. He has research interests in the fields of international law and international relations.

Spencer Zifcak says that Edward Snowden’s revelations may result in dramatic changes in diplomatic ties between many countries.

“I think it will result in very significant changes in relationships between the US and a number of European countries in the short term.”

He believes that after the former NSA contractor’s leaks, the agency “will make sure that revelations of the similar kind can't be made”.

“But nothing can be guaranteed,” the expert adds.

Commenting on whether Snowden has enough supporters throughout the world to proceed with leaking further classified information, the professor says: “My guess is actually that particularly in the US and amongst governments across the world Snowden has least support whatsoever.”

Zifcak thinks that the majority of general public in the US and EU does not support Snowden but “nevertheless he would have taken this risk understanding that there may be a hostile public reaction”.

“It's not arguable that many of these revelations are clearly in the public interest, that I think the person on the street would have significant revelations about what's happened”, the expert adds.

The professor explains that it’s difficult to predict whether people will still be talking on this issue at the end of next year, for instance.

“I think that this gonna run it's post by the end of the next year, we never know what might happen between now and the end of the year… I can't predict that. Every once in a while something like this will inevitably occur because there will be a person or people within government disagree strongly with what their government is doing. And as mass surveillance become more privileged of course we are going to find out informally about the nature of that surveillance, that proper legislation can be sit in place and not to control it,” Spencer Zifcak concludes.

Voice of Russia

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