To Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known whistleblower and lifelong advocate for freedom who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” 40 years ago, “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material.”
Snowden’s disclosure publicly revealed that, under provisions of the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and other major U.S. internet companies.
The information collected includes search history, email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, social networking details, and more. The government has also been secretly tracking the calls of customers from all the major telecommunications companies—to whom they spoke, from where and for how long—going back seven years.
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