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Edward Snowden said that the US government operates outside the law and is completely unrestrained in its monitoring activities on all Americans.

Snowden: US Government 'Completely Unrestrained'

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Edward Snowden said that the US government operates outside the law and is completely unrestrained in its monitoring activities on all Americans.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government operates outside the law and is completely unrestrained in its monitoring activities on all Americans, former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden said.

"We have a government that seems to be almost completely unrestrained," Snowden stressed on Friday, speaking by telecast from a location in Russia to a conference hosted in Tucson by the University of Arizona College of Behavioral Sciences. "We were operating above the law," he added.

Snowden started making revelations about widespread US global surveillance in 2013. The same year, Russia granted the whistleblower temporary asylum for one year. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia.

In the United States, he faces up to 30 years in prison on charges of espionage and theft of government property. Snowden has repeatedly said that he would return to the United States if Washington guaranteed him a fair trial.

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  • michael
    and if his opinion of the us actions is that they are 'above the law', he is willing to return if he is guaranteed a fair trial????
  • Ivan Buckeye
    Mr. Snowden has certainly opened the door for discussing privacy in America and the world. Although, Mr. Snowden needs to address the delivery of his message, perhaps re-invigorate the message. He needs PR help, in other words. Make the message hit home with folks, don't get too didactic, keep it "real", down to earth, the world and Americans need to hear what Mr. Snowden has to say.
  • maxxus
    Benjamin Franklin: "We have given you a republic, let's see if you can keep it." Oh, oh, I think we've disappointed him.

    The surveillance state, the NSA, is a domestic enemy of the constitution. The NSA is incompatible with the USA, one will cause the demise of the other.
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