In a statement through the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden said the plans outlined by Obama were a “turning point”.
Obama confirmed on Tuesday that the US plans to end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, admitting that trust in country’s intelligence services had been shaken and pledging to address the concerns of privacy advocates.
At the same time, leaders of the House intelligence committee said they were close to a deal with the White House to revamp the surveillance program. Another reform proposal, the USA Freedom Act, would go further.
Snowden said none of these reforms would have happened without the disclosures he precipitated. “I believed that if the NSA’s unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans was known, it would not survive the scrutiny of the courts, the Congress, and the people,” Snowden said.