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Snowden issues privacy warning in TV Christmas message

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned about the global threat to privacy when he delivered the Channel 4 Alternative Christmas Message - his first recorded TV interview since he was given asylum in Russia.

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Edward Snowden declares: 'Mission accomplished'

Edward Snowden says what he had tried to do was "validated" when journalists published his leaks. Credit: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian

Former US defence contractor Edward Snowden says he has completed what he set out to do, after months of releasing a mass of documents on the US spying on its citizens and other nations.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Washington Post, Mr Snowden said he did not want to change society but "I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

“All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed," he added.

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