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Edward Snowden Breaking News: French Legal Complaint Targets NSA, FBI, Tech Firms Over Prism


Two French human rights groups filed a legal complaint that targets the U.S. National Security Agency, the FBI and seven technology companies they say may have helped the United States to snoop on French citizens' emails and phone calls. The complaint, which denounces U.S. spying methods revealed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, is filed against "persons unknown" but names Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Paltalk, Facebook, AOL and Apple as "potential accomplices" of the NSA and FBI.

According to a poll published by Quinnipiac University, more than half of American voters say self-declared NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower not a traitor. The fugitive, believed to be holed up in a Moscow airport, was supported by 55 percent of those surveyed.

About one-third of those polled said they believed Snowden had betrayed his country. There was equal representation from almost every gender, social group and political persuasion in those who supported Snowden. The remaining 11 percent did not have an opinion. Peter Brown, assistant director of the school?s Polling Institute said the result illustrated public shock at the scope of intelligence-gathering by government agencies seeking to prevent future terror attacks.

The net of rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden deepened when a prominent Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden had accepted Venezuela's offer of political asylum, then deleted the posting a few minutes later.