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    U.S. court: Mass surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal

    Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

    H/T: Reuters

    “Seven years ago, as the news declared I was being charged as a criminal for speaking the truth, I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,” Snowden said in a message posted to Twitter. “And yet that day has arrived.”

    “Today’s ruling is a victory for our privacy rights,” the ACLU said in a statement, saying it “makes plain that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records violated the Constitution.”

    Read the full ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit below.

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