Close up of bust of Edward Snowden smuggled into a New York park by anonymous artists
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Snowden statue removed from New York park

Members of New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation have removed a bust of Edward Snowden, secretly installed in Fort Greene Park by a group of anonymous artists at night.

The artists said they intended the bust to be a tribute to Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who fled to Russia in 2013 having revealed extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.

One park visitor described the officials' decision to remove the bust as "censorship".

Additional footage courtesy of Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

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