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    Snowden: Mission Accomplished

    FILE - In this file image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. In an interview with the New York Times posted to its website on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, Snowden says that he did not take any secret NSA documents to Russia and that intelligence officials in China as well as Russia could not get access to the documents he had obtained before leaving the United States. (AP File Photo)


    Edward Snowden, observing the havoc wreaked on the American government's surveillance programs, believes he's done what he set out to do. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won," Snowden said in his first in-person interview since arriving in Moscow. "As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated.” Since the former government contractor's revelations leaked this past spring, the NSA has been under intense scrutiny and criticism from not just the American public, but also heads of state across the globe. “I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA,” Snowden said. “I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.”

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