Edward Snowden in an interview by The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas has advised the President Donald Trump to first fix the NSA Mass surveillance programs that gather information of each American and then inquire the government to fix his private communications.
Trump’s accusation to prove that President Obama has spied Trump tower was not proved.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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Snowden said, “If Donald Trump or anyone else wants us to take this seriously, they have to show evidence.”
He also said, “And the fact that they have not despite the severity of this allegation means that they’re trying to make political hay — I suspect — out of something that affects all of us, which is that mass surveillance is making all of us vulnerable.”
During an Upstream program conducted under section 702 of the Foreign Affairs Surveillance Act, Snowden described that how NSA’s surveillance has data about phones and IP addresses of everyone from common person to President. Also the information about the internet cables entering and exiting the US which apparently targets immigrants.
Snowden said, “If Donald Trump wants to take this seriously, he needs to fix the problem that everyone in America’s communications are being collected right now, without a warrant, and they’re going into the bucket, and they’re protected by very lax internal policy regulations, and this simply is not enough.”
Past this year, President Trump said to extend the NSA’s program which was to expire. Rather than trying to eradicate the NSA’s authorities under section 702. While in the meantime proceeding with President Obama’s refusal to give the administrative branch even a rough approximation of what extent of domestic communications they catch.