Leaks of internal National Security Agency documents began to dominate the headlines in June, and the conversation around surveillance has changed dramatically.
The surveillance techniques have been denounced as “almost Orwellian” by a federal judge, and Congress is debating whether mass surveillance should be stopped entirely.
Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who pushed the spy agency into the global spotlight, has stayed mostly quiet in recent months. But he broke that silence recently, sitting down for two days of interviews with one of the trio of journalists he gave the documents to, Barton Gellman.
The headline splashed on the front page of The Washington Post on Christmas Eve was no holiday gift for the intelligence community. “Edward Snowden: I already won,” read the headline, atop one of several new pictures of the leaker.