Edward Snowden is claiming victory this week, after President Obama signed legislation that significantly curbs federal surveillance powers for the first time in a generation.
But the world’s most famous American leaker is still stuck in Russia, with the U.S. having revoked his passport and indicted him on espionage charges that would likely lead to a lengthy prison sentence, should he step back on American soil.
Snowden is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and credited with spurring the surveillance reform push on Capitol Hill, but has also been denounced as a traitor, and the ethics of his actions remain the subject of fierce debate.
“I have lost a lot of things,” Snowden said via videoconference at an Amnesty International event this week. “I can no longer see my family, I can no longer live in my home.”
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