October 12, 2013
Former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has called for a “sensible adult conversation” on the boundaries of state surveillance that were revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who leaked secret NSA files earlier this year.
Mrs Clinton said it would be “going down wrong path” to reject a debate in the wake of disclosures about the collection of communications data by the America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and GCHQ, the UK government’s intelligence agency.
Speaking at Chatham House, where she collected a prize for her contribution to international diplomacy, she told The Guardian: “This is a very important question. On the intelligence issue, we are democracies thank goodness, both the US and the UK.