In an online Q&A session, former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden answered 13 questions posed by Twitter users.

The questions he considered ranged from the reasoning behind his leaks, to his hope for what the future of American intelligence programs may look like. 
In the session, hosted by a “Free Snowden” group, he noted the report presented on Thursday morning by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which offered a harsh and unprecedented critique of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program.

According to PCLOB, this program in which the NSA collects millions of records of metadata on phone calls placed by American citizens daily, “was built on a murky legal foundation that raises many constitutional questions and has been proven to be an ineffective tool for collecting unique intelligence information.”
Snowden echoed that belief in his comments. “The fact that these records are gathered without the government having any reasonable suspicion or probable cause justifying the seizure of data is so divorced from the domain of reason as to be incapable of ever being made lawful at all,” he wrote. “This view was endorsed as recently as today by the federal government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board.”

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