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TODAY   |  January 24, 2014

Edward Snowden: Spying still goes too far

In a live chat on Thursday, the fugitive leaker warned that government spying on civilians still goes too far, even after President Obama announced surveillance reforms  He also denied a report that he used login credentials unwittingly provided by former colleagues. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports

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>>> the man who exposed massive government surveillance programs is reacting to reforms announced by president obama . edward snowden warns that wholesale spying on civilians still goes too far. we get more now from nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell .

>> reporter: fugitive edward snowden has gone on record, answering tweets from his web page . he wrote, the biggest problem we face right now is the new technique of indiscriminate mass surveillance where governments are seizing billions and billions and billions of innocents' communications every day. he praised the conclusion that the nsa's mass telephone collection is illegal. and wrote i never stole any passwords, nor did i trick an army of co-workers. but the attorney general told msnbc's ari melber --

>> a simple, you know, no harm, no foul. i think that would be going too far.

>> in the web chat , snowden didn't answer this charge that he was working with vladimir putin 's russia.

>> i don't think it was a gee wiz luck event that he ended up in moscow.

>> an acquisiti accusation he denied this week.

>> he said he acted alone with no one else and no other country.

>> one man setting off a national debate over privacy that the president and congress have yet to resolve. andrea mitchell , nbc news, washington.