In an interview, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden declared victory after federal recommendations were made for more oversight on an NSA intelligence gathering program. Snowden dismissed charges that he violated his agreement not to disclose classified information. NBC's Peter Alexander reports.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his "mission's already accomplished" and spoke of having “personal satisfaction” at the revelations about U.S. surveillance policies in an interview published Tuesday.
The former intelligence contractor, who exposed extensive details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency, said he was not being disloyal to the U.S. or to his former employer.
"I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA," he told The Washington Post. "I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realize it."
It is the first full interview with Snowden, now 30, since he arrived in Moscow in June in a dramatic bid to evade prosecution by authorities in the U.S., where he is charged with espionage and felony theft of government property.
He has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, and remains at an undisclosed location, but his long-term future status remains unclear.
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