The Guardian has today printed a new interview with Edward Snowden, conducted by Ewan MacAskill and Alan Rusbridger last week in Moscow. Two video clips from this interview have already been published; one in which Edward Snowden discussed the UK’s new surveillance law and a longer fifteen minute excerpt which touches on many of the issues in the full article.
This draft report from 2009 sheds light on the legal reasoning behind the FISA Court’s 2007 Large Content order, which allowed warrantless wiretapping to continue: see the New York Times article How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach, 12 March 2014.
This classification guide from 2009 describes different elements of the Bush-era warrantless wiretapping programme. In particular, the guide casts light on the FISA Court’s permissive “Large Content” orders of January 2007. The revision of these expansive court orders in April that year led to the formulation of the August 2007 Protect America Act: see the New York Times article How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach, 12 March 2014.