Just four days ago, National Security Agency-leaker Edward Snowden issued a rare statement, forcefully arguing against the American government’s line that what it does is not surveillance.
In particular, it appeared that Snowden was directly challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Feinstein has been one of the intelligence community’s strongest allies, and she notably heads the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Specifically, Feinstein wrote on October 20 in USA Today that the NSA’s “call-records program is not surveillance.”
But on Monday, Feinstein herself issued a new statement, calling for a “total review of all intelligence programs” in light of the new revelations of American surveillance conducted on American allies including France, Spain, Mexico, and Germany.