U.S. President Barack Obama's statement to the effect that the U.S. special services' interference in private lives of American citizens should be restricted confirms that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's actions were well justified, says Anatoly Kucherena, a member of the Russian Public Chamber and a prominent lawyer representing Snowden's interests.
"President Obama's […] statement is the recognition of the fact that American special services have intruded virtually unlimitedly in citizens' private lives, violating their rights," Kucherena told Interfax on Friday evening.
Kucherena welcomed the U.S. president's position, who, in his view, "has realized and perceived the people's concerns about massive eavesdropping on their telephone conversations and correspondence."
"The acknowledgement made by President Obama confirms the fact that American special services have massively violated the people's right to private life, including the rights of foreign heads of state," Kucherena said.
The U.S. president's statement is "a reaction to the people's concerns and outrage about interference in their private lives," he said.
Obama said in a statement in Washington on Friday that the U.S. would revise the current program of collection and storage of metadata and introduce a so-called transition period, which is expected to pass at two stages. During this transition period, the U.S. special services would have access to databases only at a court sanction.
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