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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lays out hopes for reforms to US intelligence system

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 11:37am IST | Place: Washington | Agency: ANI

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly expressed belief about hope for reforming the US intelligence system that has come under the world scanner for its alleged mass surveillance programmes.

In a live question-and-answer session through Snowden's legal defense foundation's site, the whistleblower said that 'not all spying is bad,' but the new technique of indiscriminate mass surveillance poses a threat to the privacy of billions of innocents' communications.

Recently, US President Barack Obama formally announced some changes to the intelligence agency's spying activities restricting their extent of access to citizens' phone data.

According to The Verge, Snowden said that seeing those changes would not possible under the current laws and newer technologies are only making spying easy and cheap.

Snowden reiterated his long-running call for whistleblower protections to be extended to national security contractors like himself and said that there was no chance for him to have a fair trial if the reforms are not implemented. 

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