Snowden: Obama 'deepened and expanded' spying

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed President Barack Obama "closed the door on investigating systematic violations of law" and "deepened and expanded several abusive programmes".

US President Barack Obama pictured Northern Ireland earlier today.
US President Barack Obama pictured Northern Ireland earlier today. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Snowden said during a live chat on the Guardian website that he waited to release documents until after Obama became President because his election campaign "gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems".

He said it was seeing a "continuing litany of lies" from senior officials to Congress that led him to leak the classified documents.

Earlier Snowden said the US would not be able to "cover this up by jailing or murdering me".

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US spying 'deeper under Obama'

Edward Snowden, US contractor who exposed the US Government's who leaked evidence of snooping, has said the US snooping "deepened" since President Barack Obama was elected in an internet Q&A.