A decade on, Edward Snowden remains in Russia, though U.S. laws have changed

Edward Snowden remains in Russia after 10 years, even as U.S. surveillance laws have changed since his revelations.

The backstory: In 2013, Snowden leaked files revealing the NSA’s mass electronic data collection on American citizens.
* Snowden fled the U.S. and shared the classified information with Western journalists, sparking a debate over government surveillance and personal privacy.

Reactions: Many in the national security community view Snowden as a traitor, while others, like journalist Barton Gellman, believe he did substantially more good than harm.
* Snowden still faces criminal charges in the U.S. under the Espionage Act.

Changes since 2013: Congress rewrote the law allowing the NSA’s bulk phone records collection in 2015 with the U.S.A. Freedom Act.
* Snowden notes an increase in understanding and encryption use in response to the revelations of government and private companies collecting personal data.

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