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Ban Ki-moon in Iceland: Snowden ‘Misused’ Digital Communication

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at meeting with the Alþingi parliament’s foreign affairs committee in Reykjavík on Tuesday that Edward Snowden had ‘misused’ digital communication.

ban-ki-moon_wikiBan Ki-moon. Photo: Wikipedia.

“The Snowden case is something I consider to be misuse,” he said in giving his personal opinion on the issue, adding that digital communication should not be “misused in such a way as Snowden did.”

In response to a question about whistleblowers by MP for the Pirate Party Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Ki-moon reportedly replied: “Access can be for the greater good, but sometimes it creates bigger problems through misuse by individuals.” Birgitta has criticized Ki-moon for his comments, as reported by

Ki-moon was in Iceland earlier this week to hold meetings with Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, as well as visit Þingvellir, Alþingi and Hellisheiði geothermal power plant.

He also gave a public lecture at the University of Iceland.

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