Continuing his recent publicity blitz, Edward Snowden delivered Channel 4 UK's annual "Alternative Christmas Message" yesterday afternoon. As you might imagine, the video is a bleak, Orwell-referencing reminder of the NSA and GCHQ's invasive data-mining operations around the world.

"Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of mass surveillance watching everything we do," Snowden said in the video. "Great Britain's George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in [1984] -– microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us –- are nothing compared to what we have available today."

"A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all," he added.

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Filmed in Russia by journalist and Snowden collaborator Laura Poitras, the video aired as Channel 4's response to Queen Elizabeth II's official Christmas message. Snowden joins a list of controversial, outspoken figures—including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Reverend Jesse Jackson—who have delivered the "Alternative" holiday greeting.

The video's full transcript, via Mediaite, is below:

Hi and Merry Christmas. I'm honored to have a chance to speak with you and your family this year. Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of mass surveillance watching everything we do. Great Britain's George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information.

The types of collection in the book -– microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us –- are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.

A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that's a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.

The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it.

Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.

For everyone out there listening, thank you and Merry Christmas.