Edward Snowden has said he feels satisfied and a winner despite the espionage charges confronting him. Denying claims he is a traitor, Snowden said he is working to improve the NSA, something that US spy chiefs do not realize.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Snowden said that he had “already won” because society has begun to address the issue of government surveillance.

“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” said the whistleblower.“Remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

He went on to defend his actions, saying that accusations from NSA brass that he violated an oath of loyalty were baseless. If anyone is guilty of such crimes, Snowden said, it is the national security establishment.

“The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy,” Snowden said. “That is an oath to the constitution. That is the oath that I kept that [NSA Director] Keith Alexander and [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper did not.”

Snowden: ‘I already won’, 12/25/13

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