National Security Agency

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Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay
Court rules NSA phone snooping illegal — after 7-year delay
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The National Security Agency program that swept up details on billions of Americans' phone calls was illegal and possibly unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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Trump says he is 'going to start looking at it' at pardon for Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden
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Donald Trump said on Saturday, to reporters at his Bedminster golf club, that he is "going to start looking at it" at the issue of giving a pardon to Edward Snowden.

Snowden fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after he leaked a trove of secret files in 2013 to news organisations. The data contained vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.

Trump's stance toward Snowden represents a sharp reversal. Back in 2013, Trump expressed here hostility toward Snowden, calling him "a spy who should be executed."