Snowden Vindicated: European Court of Human Rights Rules Mass Spying Is ‘Completely Illegal’

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European Court of Human Rights rules mass surveillance is illegal - Snowden vindicated

In a historic ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has declared that mass surveillance by Britain’s GCHQ spy agency was completely illegal, vindicating whistleblower Edward Snowden, and prompting calls for him to be pardoned.

The court noted that there were “fundamental deficiencies” in the GCHQ’s interception of communications, namely that no politician or entity had authorised the data gathering, that search terms GCHQ used to trawl through the data had not been included in a warrant application, and that individual names, email addresses, and phone numbers had not been authorized to be spied on by the UK government.

Snowden has previously blown the whistle on how GCHQ was scouring all online and telephone data in the UK via a program code named ‘Tempora’. reports: Former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, who had to destroy hard drives given to him by Snowden in 2013 before the government seized them, lauded the ruling:

Snowden responded, saying that he couldn’t have done what he did without journalists and human rights lawyers:

The ruling led to new calls for Snowden, still hiding out in Moscow, as well as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, languishing in prison, to be given their lives back:

The GCHQ continues to spy on British citizens, as we reported last November it has been monitoring the movement of British people minute by minute to check if they are complying with government restrictions.

According to reports, the spy agency embedded a ‘cell’ within Number 10 Downing Street in order to provide Prime Minister Boris Johnson with real time information pertaining to the public’s movements.


  1. Theres o ny one Moral Authority for rule of law and that’s the Pope.. No one cares about the europeans .

    • Um, the pope is no moral authority on anything except maybe bringing in one-world religion and rule so at least in that regard he appears to be fulfilling Biblical prophecy.

    • It’s the secret services in hundreds of republics all doing the same ,and many much worse All rbe countries who dent even have online news for a start where the whole Nations have no presence or vice. It’s not what we hear about so much as what we dont hear about

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