NSA Leaker: I Had Authority 'To Wiretap Anyone'



Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who leaked information about the NSA's data surveillance programs, said he had the authority to wiretap even the president's email if he had a personal email address.

In an interview with Glenn Greenwald the UK Guardian posted on Sunday, Snowden said while the NSA surveillance programs were at first more narrowly tailored, the agency now "specifically targets the communications of everyone" and stores them because "it's the easiest and most efficient" way to achieve their ends. He said he had the authority to wiretap nearly everyone in the United States. 

"I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone from you, or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even a president if I had a personal email," Snowden said. 

He said such invasions of privacy will likely get worse.


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