Edward Snowden has given his first interview in some time and declared his mission accomplished. He provided 14 hours of interviews to Barton Gellman of the Washington Post in which he explains his motivation to leak surveillance secrets to the media. He said he didn't want to change society, but to give society the chance to determine if it wanted to change.
Snowden also provided an alternative Christmas message to Britain's Channel 4 in which he calls for a restoration of privacy and an end to mass surveillance.
The New York Times obtained the new quiz journalists in China need to take to renew their press cards starting early in 2014. It provides 10 questions from the test. One notes that the difference between ethics in Chinese and western press is the former is about service to the public, the latter is about freedom of the press.