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WASHINGTON, December 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), leaker Edward Snowden who was granted temporary asylum in Russia, believes his mission is accomplished. He made this statement in an interview to The Washington Post published on Tuesday.
“Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself. All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed,” he said. “That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals.”Because of the documents Snowden passed to the media, the National Security Agency has drawn a flurry of criticism from the American human rights defenders, alleging that secret services violated the right to privacy. This prompted the Obama administration to begin reviewing the electronic intelligence gathering programs and propose to a group of independent experts to prepare a report on this topic. Their recommendations have been recently presented to the White House, and the U.S. president plans to soon announce some changes in the NSA operation. Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Obama said he wanted to do so within a few weeks.