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Snowden: 'Mission Accomplished'

FILE - In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony in Russia.
FILE - In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony in Russia.
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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says his mission is "already accomplished," after revealing details of the NSA's surveillance programs.

Snowden, who is living under temporary asylum in Moscow, told The Washington Post said he is satisfied with what he has accomplished in leaking the information because members of the public now have access to it and can use it as they choose.

Snowden's disclosures, which first appeared in the Post and Guardian newspapers after he fled to Hong Kong, have revealed government secrets, such as the NSA's secret collection of telephone records from millions of Americans. A U.S. judge ruled December 16 that the program is likely unconstitutional.

In his ruling, Judge Richard Leon said he "cannot imagine a more indiscriminate and arbitrary invasion" of peoples' privacy than the government's collection of such information without prior judicial approval. Leon did not immediately enforce his ruling, giving the government a chance to appeal the decision to a higher court.

U.S. officials have sought Snowden's extradition to stand trial on espionage charges, but Russia has refused.

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by: moomoo from: Boston, USA
December 24, 2013 1:50 PM
Congrats Snowden for being a succesful traitor ! the fact that you ran to hide in Russia, the authoritarian country tells it all !

by: saj from: uk
December 24, 2013 12:54 PM
revealing illegal activity should be rewarded.well done snowden.lets see so called patriots risk their freedom for their country as snowden has to stop a sick country abusing international law

by: stephanie from: nottingham UK
December 24, 2013 11:29 AM
Indeed a national Traitor!
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by: Galahad Threepwood
December 24, 2013 2:03 PM
I agree

He's a traitor to the government who, as he revealed, regard their own people as the enemy

He's a hero to the people

Which side are you on?

by: John Galt from: NYC
December 24, 2013 9:01 AM
A piece of traitor, that took a truckload of US classified documents, and sold them to Russians and Chinese. Only a tool would support this guy - I see plenty of them posting here...
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by: Galahad Threepwood
December 24, 2013 2:04 PM
Snowden could clearly have damaged the country if he wanted to.

He chose not to, and restricted himself to discrediting his government.
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by: Yohoho
December 24, 2013 11:43 AM
Sold? Where did you get that from lmao.

Seems only uneducated pieces of garbage seem to be against Snowdon.
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by: Derek Jia from: China
December 24, 2013 10:16 AM
I want to join in!

by: Den Activist from: On top of the world
December 24, 2013 8:33 AM
I notice that will completing the questionnaire for healthcare, one of the ways they used to verify someone was by their cell number. It begs the question of whether or not the Intel gathered was for this purpose. My number is private, how could they have it to verify it if not by invading my privacy?

On another note, ppl like Snowden and Donner need to work at state level bc the decision to expose corruption at the federal level is a very delicate matter.
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by: Wastrel from: Austin
December 24, 2013 10:18 AM
They already had your phone number, anyway, so yes, asking you for it was an unnecessary invasion of privacy. Since there are criminal penalties involved in Obamacare, you could have told them that they already had enough information to sign you up and invoked your right to remain silent, right?

by: Den Activist from: On top of the world
December 24, 2013 8:24 AM
There are protocols for reporting government corruption and abuse of power. I've read nothing that indicates he contacted anyone on a position of power before he betrayed his country. It's American to want to end abuse of power within the nation by blowing the whistle about what the US govt is doing to its citizens. But its treason to betray your country to OTHER nations by reporting what your govt is doing to them.

Corruption anywhere is inexcusable. But there are protocols to follow. Snowden give whistleblowers a bad name.
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by: Luke from: MA
December 24, 2013 11:41 AM
Who would he contact? Everyone in a position of power already knew. The fact is, if he brought up this corruption any other way, it would have simply been swept under the table, or been released to the media in an adulterated form. The raw version--exposing the corruption in our security programs as it really is--is what we need. Because as it stands, our great country is not standing behind the principles which make it great; freedom does not exist until I am allowed to live my life free from unwarranted surveillance.

by: Charles from: San Antonio
December 24, 2013 8:22 AM
Edward Snowden is a hero! The real traitors are the installed figure heads and started with Bush 43.

by: Guillermo Patino from: New York
December 24, 2013 7:53 AM
I don't care about it . Nothing to hide.Mr Snowden a traitor

by: chris kanz from: Australia
December 24, 2013 7:38 AM
Snowden is a traitor to his country. He has told the world what America is doing but most countries in the world are doing the work thing. One sided propoganda for Russia and anti- American people around the world. Shame on him!!

by: UnKnOwN from: UnKnOwN
December 24, 2013 7:24 AM
If russia is so poised to looking good for the world and is letting go all of its former enemies. They should let Edward Snowglobe go as well. "Merry Christmas America, here is your traitor back"
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