Deborah Natsios ( NSA Releases_(±) False Tallies: The Prisoner's Dilemma? Authenticity from Cold War to Surveillance State_ Snowden [Excerpt] | Tacit Futures #1: Building Snowden Archives/Berliner Gazette [2016]

Jun 20, 2016, 05:28 AM

"Khokhlov and Snowden play the sovereignty game to exhaustion along the 60 year continuum of an inexorably debordering world order. Eventually, their state-imposed aliases, legends and false citizenships collapse into the contingent identities and private fictions of diasporic personhood and the Prisoner's Dilemma. In 1954, Nikolai Evgenievich Khokhlov renounces NKVD/KGB scripts that cast him as a border-crossing state assassin. So too, NSA efforts to re-territorialize sovereignty in response to the 21st century crisis of the national border could not have fallen to a less compliant subject than a placeless, fugitive, dilemmic identity: a.k.a. TheTrueHOOHAH, Verax, Cincinnatus and Citizenfour -- who re-brands himself in May 2013 as Edward Joseph Snowden. Thus unmoored from the engineering of its militarized border, the state archive disclosed by Snowden eschews the sovereignty demanded by all proprietary regimes and seeks full reconstitution within a borderless public domain." (Deborah Natsios,

After UN|COMMONS ( the Berliner Gazette continues its work on the commons in 2016 under the title "Tacit Futures" (…6-tacit-futures).

This audio file was recorded on February 4th 2016 at the "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" in Berlin.