Bust of Ed­ward Snow­den sneaked into, re­moved from New York park

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Sud­denly, in the mid­dle of the New York night, Ed­ward Snow­den’s face ap­peared — deep in a public park.

A 1.2-me­ter high, 45-kilo­gram sculpted bust of the whistle­blower now ex­iled in Rus­sia was sneaked into Brook­lyn’s Fort Greene Park on Mon­day be­fore dawn.

An­i­mal New York, a city news web­site that first re­ported the in­ci­dent, said the mys­te­ri­ous per­pe­tra­tors were a small group of artists — ad­mir­ers of the for­mer con­trac­tor who had leaked clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion from the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency to the me­dia.

The ac­tivists hoisted the bust to the top of a Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War me­mo­rial, adding his name to a col­umn, ac­cord­ing to An­i­mal New York.

The web­site says the group al­lowed it to doc­u­ment in­stal­la­tion of the statue on the con­di­tion that it not re­veal the iden­ti­ties of the artists.

Snow­den’s artis­tic ap­pear­ance was short-lived.

At day­break, po­lice said city parks of­fi­cials or­dered the sculpted Snow­den re­moved. And by evening, his bust was be­ing held at Brook­lyn’s 88th Precinct pending an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The idea for the trib­ute was con­ceived by two New York Ci­ty­based artists, joined by a West Coast sculp­tor, An­i­mal New York said.

In a state­ment to the on­line out­let, they said they had “up­dated” the me­mo­rial to Amer­i­can POWs who died dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War “to high­light those who sac­ri­fice their safety in the fight against mod­ern-day tyran­nies. It would be a dis­honor to those memo­ri­al­ized here to not laud those who pro­tect the ideals they fought for, as Ed­ward Snow­den has by bring­ing the NSA’s 4th-Amend­mentvi­o­lat­ing sur­veil­lance pro­grams to light.”

AP

This photo pro­vided by Ay­mann Is­mail/ANIMALNewYork on Mon­day, April 6, shows an in­stal­la­tion of a bust of the for­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency con­trac­tor Ed­ward Snow­den in Brook­lyn’s Fort Greene Park, in New York.

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