Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has expressed surprise at British prime minister's statement that his father’s implication in the list of high-profile tax avoiders was “a private matter”.
According to Panama Papers, the late Ian Cameron’s Blairmore Holdings Inc company, set up in the 1980s, managed tens of millions of pounds for the wealthy but has never paid tax on UK profits.
Cameron responded to the news saying, “ That is a private matter, I am focused on what the government is doing.”
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However, the statement didn’t sit well with Snowden who was unimpressed with Cameron’s answer after the prime minister had repeatedly criticised him for leaking classified information.
In a post on Twitter on Monday, Snowden wrote in response to a Reuters story on Cameron’s statement, “Oh, now he’s interested in privacy.”
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Oh, now he's interested in privacy. https://t.co/jfCSYgensb— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 4, 2016
The post has garnered nearly 25,000 retweets so far and prompted many express their disapproval.
Oh no David Cameron... it is NOT a private matter.It is a matter of utter hypocrisy. https://t.co/RGWgyfs6x5— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) April 5, 2016
Had Cameron not made such a public condemnation of others he might have had justification to say it was private. https://t.co/8LKv1Ul05s— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) April 5, 2016
Last year, Cameron expressed concern over communication methods that cannot be read by law enforcement agencies even if they have a warrant and suggested he will ‘stop’ them, according to The Independent.
This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.
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