Carter's pro-Snowden comment

I really hope he said it. I keep seeing a quote that Jimmy Carter supposedly said, but I can’t figure out if he said it. All the sources seem to be referencing this (translated) story: Can anyone provide a soundbite? He supposedly said it to CNN. All these stories cite Der Spiegel. Here are the Google News results. So, a German online magazine is the only one that heard the quotation in a closed meeting, and the story doesn’t even run on the Der Spiegel International site?

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Google translated for those of us whose German is poor:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter criticized in the wake of the NSA
Spähskandals the American political system. “America has no
functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the
“Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.

Previously, the Democrat had been very critical of the practices of
U.S. intelligence. “I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far,”
Carter told CNN. “And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive.”
Overlooking the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Carter, whose
revelations were long “likely to be useful because they inform the

Carter has repeatedly warned that the United States sharply declined
due to excessive restriction of civil rights, their moral authority.
Last year he wrote in an article in the “New York Times”, new U.S.
laws “never before seen breach our privacy by the government” allowed

Carter was the 39th President of the United States, who ruled from
1977 until 1981. During his tenure, he tried to align U.S. foreign
policy that is more about human rights - after his retirement from
active politics for his humanitarian work, he received the 2002 Nobel
Peace Prize.

In Atlanta, he also expressed his overall pessimistic about the global
situation. There is currently no reason for him to be optimistic,
Carter said, referring to the situation in Egypt, which had fallen
into a military dictatorship. He also lamented the growing political
divide in the United States, the excessive influence of money in U.S.
election campaigns and the confusing American election rules. The
ex-president whose “Carter Center” operates worldwide including
election monitoring, announced skeptical whether the United States,
the standard that applies when reviewing the Center of elections might
be fulfilled.

As a bright spot, however, Carter called the triumph of modern
technology that would have caused some of the countries of the Arab
Spring of democratic progress. Exactly these developments but are
endangered by the NSA Spähskandal as major U.S. Internet platforms
such as Google or Facebook lose credibility worldwide.

seems pretty straightforward albeit poorly translated–

the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Carter, whose revelations were long “likely to be useful because they inform the public.”

good luck finding audio or video. it’s likely it was burned.

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