Edward Snowden Is Feeling Pretty Good About This NSA Ruling

“It is the first of many,” says the National Security Agency leak wizard.

Demonstrators hold a banner bearing the image of Edward Snowden with a message of thanks during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The disclosures of widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency of US allies has caused an international uproar, with leaders in Europe and Latin America demanding an accounting from the United States.
National Journal
Matt Berman
Dec. 16, 2013, 11:25 a.m.

A fed­er­al judge ruled Monday that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency’s data-col­lec­tion pro­gram likely vi­ol­ates the Fourth Amend­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion. No one seems hap­pi­er about the rul­ing than NSA leak­er Ed­ward Snowden.

“I ac­ted on my be­lief that the NSA’s mass-sur­veil­lance pro­grams would not with­stand a con­sti­tu­tion­al chal­lenge, and that the Amer­ic­an pub­lic de­served a chance to see these is­sues de­term­ined by open courts,” Snowden said in a state­ment de­livered to The New York Times by journ­al­ist Glenn Gre­en­wald, who was giv­en leaked doc­u­ments by Snowden and was the first to re­port about the NSA activ­ity. “Today, a secret pro­gram au­thor­ized by a secret court was, when ex­posed to the light of day, found to vi­ol­ate Amer­ic­ans’ rights. It is the first of many.”

Monday’s rul­ing gives Snowden a big boost and at least tem­por­ar­ily val­id­ates his be­liefs about the leg­al­ity of the NSA’s mass sur­veil­lance. “The gov­ern­ment has gran­ted it­self power it is not en­titled to,” Snowden said in a June in­ter­view with The Guard­i­an. At least one fed­er­al judge seems to think he was right.

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