The last big name to enter the The NFT craze is former intelligence entrepreneur and whistleblower Edward Snowden, who auctioned Friday a original NFT artwork for around $ 5.4 million worth of Ether cryptocurrency.
Entitled “Stay Free”, it is a digital self-portrait made up of pages of a United States Court of Appeal Decision who ruled that the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance of phone records broke the law, a practice Snowden uncovered in 2013 when he disclosed NSA classified secrets to reporters. Snowden’s portrait was originally snapublished by photographer Plato, who authorized the use of his work in this NFT, according to the description of the room on the Online Art Market Foundation.
“This is the only known NFT produced by Snowden,” says Stay Free. SEO.
The NFT sold for 2,224 Ether, worth just over $ 5.4 million at the time of publication. All proceeds from this sale will go to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit that develops open source tools for whistleblowers and works to protect journalists from state-sponsored hackers and the government oversight. Snowden has led the organization as chairman since 2017.
“Special thanks to everyone who has been following this over the past 24 hours, and EVERYBODY’s deepest gratitude to our @FreedomofPress to those who made an offer for our charity event,” Snowden tweeted Friday. “You are helping us create a better world. Stay free! “
Snowden faces multiple felony charges in the United States under the Espionage Act of 1917 for leaking classified information about the NSA’s global and domestic surveillance programs. This included the NSA “Mass collection” billions of national phone calls and text messages to the United States, a practice that was later declared unconstitutional in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. To avoid prosecution, Snowden fled to Russia in 2013, where he remains to this day. The Russian authorities initially granted him temporary asylum and, since last year, permanent residence.
An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a one-of-a-kind digital item that is struck on the blockchain, ensuring accurate record of ownership and authenticity. These days, it seems like everyone and their moms have been rushing to take advantage of the digital collectibles craze. Of gifs at Funko pop and tweets– any pop culture artifact you can think of, you can bet someone is already selling an NFT.