On Thursday, an independent privacy board said the program is illegal and should be shut down. Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, has become increasingly outspoken in recent months emboldened by developments that have raised questions about the legality of the NSA program, but also apparently determined to defend his motivations and behavior. I never stole any passwords, nor did I trick an army of co-workers, Snowden wrote, addressing allegations that he had exploited his colleagues computer accounts to gain access to the files he took. He did not provide new details on how he obtained the documents. He was working as an information technology contractor at an NSA facility in Hawaii last year when he fled first to Hong Kong and then to Moscow. U.S.
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