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Edward Snowden emerges from exile to put FBI director on blast

Edward Snowden believes the FBI - and US government - can claim they want to use front-door intelligence gathering, but that isn't really likely

By Michael Hatamoto | Nov 9, 2014 03:28 am CST

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been vocal regarding the current state of surveillance, with governments increasingly using technology to snoop on users. Snowden said FBI director James Comey's statement regarding using front-door, legal intelligence gathering as nothing more than "rhetoric, noting "there is no real difference."


"One of the most significant things that was not well understood about the events of last year was that it's not entirely about surveillance," Snowden said. "We have seen a trend towards governments that are affording themselves, in secret, greater powers and more and more authority without the consent or awareness of the public."

The FBI, NSA and GCHQ believe they need to be proactive - using questionable tactics against a wide net of Internet users - and that will continue to upset many privacy experts and regular Internet users.

Michael Hatamoto

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