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Snowden raises media profile, claims 'mission accomplished'

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By The Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 7:51 p.m.

LONDON — Keeping a mostly low profile as a fugitive in Moscow, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has suddenly resurfaced in the media, saying he is confident his personal “mission is already accomplished” and he has “already won” after leaking NSA secrets. The challenge now, he believes, is to stress the importance of privacy and urge an end to mass government surveillance.

Snowden gave a more than 14-hour interview to The Washington Post, which says it's the first he has conducted in person since arriving in Russia in June.

He follows that by speaking to the British public in a televised message that will be broadcast on Wednesday as an alternative to the queen's Christmas speech.

In his U.K. message, Snowden calls modern surveillance more invasive than any envisioned by “1984” author George Orwell, saying that children today will grow up without knowing what it means to have an unrecorded or private moment.

 

 
 


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