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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: joe from: mi
December 24, 2013 7:24 AM
Years ago the USSC ruled that the airways were open and Americans could had no expectations of privacy. Why do you act surprised when the Russians have built their embassy on the highest point in D.C. and our embassy was built on the lowest spot in Moscow?
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by: Leonidas from: Nyc
December 24, 2013 9:59 PM
You are so right! No privacy is expected in the airwaves and all countries spy on each other and domestically for public security reasons.As long as Freedom of Speech is enforced and protected we have nothing to fear but fear itself!

by: James from: Midland Texas
December 24, 2013 7:17 AM
Thank you Mr. Snowden for your sacrifice and service to the citizens of the U.S.

Those who lack critical thinking skills describe you as a traitor, but the true Patriots, recognize that it is this current U.S. Government who are the real traitors who secretly circumvent our U.S. Constitution that they swore to uphold and protect.

History will show you, Mr. Snowden as the greatest U.S. Patriot of the 21st Century.
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by: Lisa from: Canada
December 24, 2013 9:18 AM
Don't blame the current government. Information gathering, in some form or another, has been going on for years. In a world of hidden, on line global communication, can someone propose an equally efficient way? ...there was an argument for national security that I could wrap my head around, until we heard about tapping supposed allies' personal phones and I'm no longer feeling so understanding.
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by: Jessica from: Ohio
December 24, 2013 8:22 AM
I second that. Well said.
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by: Ken from: Madison, AL
December 24, 2013 8:16 AM
James, you are as blind as Snowden! He swore to protect the information he had access to. One 29-year-old kid does not have the right or ability to determine what classified information to disclose. He is a traitor to our country.
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by: Patriot from: Texas as well
December 24, 2013 7:31 AM

You are truly blinded. You must not have served in the military. Hippie.

by: Gordon Jenkins from: Gatineau, Quebec
December 24, 2013 7:05 AM
National Security and the consolidation of political power through intimidation, as a character, has been at war with democracy and the common man character, since the first king and his monuments to himself, to wit; the Pyramids at Giza and the NSA at Washington, D.C. Eternal vigilance and courageous opposition are always demanded of the common folk.
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