Do You Think That’s Funny?
A Conversation between Edward Snowden and UBERMORGEN
We met Edward Snowden at Vienna’s International Airport in Vienna on
July 2nd, 2013 shortly after Bolivia’s presidential aeroplane, having
been denied the right to cross their respective airspaces by France,
Spain, Italy and Portugal, was forced to land in Schwechat. Snowden had
been on board as a guest of Evo Morales.
Shortly after the arrival of the plane, a close friend of ours, who
works at the airport, tipped us off. It took us less than thirty minutes
to grab our stuff and arrive by cab. Our friend guided us through
airport security into a rather filthy office area in the former main
We found Edward Snowden in a small, stuffy, neon-lit room, where he
seemed to have been deposited like a questionable parcel that nobody
wanted to touch or knew what to do with. After our initial hello and how
are you’s, Edward described the rather strained behaviour of the
Austrian Authorities. He said they seemed to go out of their way in
order not to have to talk to him: they wanted to keep their record clean
and stay ‘neutral’.
Historically, having served as an intelligence hub between East and
West, Austria has a record of facilitating secret service meetings that
few other countries can match,. We were quite astonished that there were
no OGA’s in the room with Mr. Snowden, so we grabbed the opportunity and
started to talk with him. He immediately lighted up and actually seemed
happy to see a couple of friendly faces. We spoke quietly but fast since
we had no idea how much talking-time we had left.