A new law has passed in the US Congress to protect whistleblowers for government intelligence employees.
Supporters of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden are welcoming the new law, as the House of Representatives voted to approve the annual intelligence budget. The Senate already approved the provision, which will begin in the 2015 budget year beginning October 1.
Snowden was working for the National Security Agency (NSA) when he noticed that programs spied on American citizens through their phone calls and internet use. He leaked all sensitive documents online for the public to view on Wikileaks. He fled the US after becoming the subject of a manhunt by authorities, and is now being held in Russia.
Mr Snowden has been criticised for releasing the documents without voicing his concerns through the official channels. He maintains any attempts to speak with his bosses were unsuccessful.
The new law will see a change in National Security standards and how to deal with protecting staff members. However, Mr Snowden will not be protected by the new law as he was a non-staff contractor for the NSA. – Daniel Doody
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