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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden to Headline Free State Project's Liberty Forum

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Snowden's disclosures about the NSA illegally seizing the private records of billions of individuals who were not suspected of any wrongdoing launched a historic debate about national surveillance practices. Largely as a result of his efforts, the NSA's bulk collection of telephone metadata was ended just last week.

Snowden will address Liberty Forum attendees via Google Hangouts at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The Free State Project is a movement of 20,000 pro-liberty activists who are moving to New Hampshire to build a freer, more voluntary society. Nearly 2,000 Free State Project participants from around the world have already made New Hampshire their home, and almost 18,000 have pledged to do so.

"Ron Paul, who spoke at Liberty Forum in 2007, called Snowden a hero. Many in our movement would agree," said Free State Project President Carla Gericke. "Snowden's bravery to come forward at great personal cost to himself really resonates with our community."

The theme of Liberty Forum 2016 is "Living Liberty." In addition to Snowden's talk, attendees will hear from Free State Project early movers, thought leaders, and tastemakers. Topics include the NH Department of Education's lawsuit against the Town of Croydon regarding school choice, civil disobedience relating to the City of Portsmouth's ban on the rideshare service Uber, and a NH Supreme court case about the religious rights of the Church of the Sword, a libertarian church founded by FSP early movers. Several presidential candidates plan to attend the conference as well.

Conference-goers will get a firsthand account of this summer's historic, victorious pro-TOR protest at New Hampshire's Kilton Library, and hear talks from economist and blogger Scott Sumner, political scientist and think-tank executive William Ruger, author and law professor Ilya Somin, and Students for Liberty founder Alexander McCobin.

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Reporters interested in obtaining media passes to Liberty Forum are encouraged to contact Kari DePhillips of The Content Factory at

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