This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
The American Civil Liberties Union is celebrating nearly a year after journalist Glenn Greenwald initiated a deluge of reporting on the National Security Agency‚??s mass surveillance programs, including¬†a¬†cache of NSA documents stolen by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
‚??We know more than ever before about our government‚??s mass surveillance apparatus,‚?Ě¬†said¬†the organization in a blog post Monday, ‚??We now have the power to rein it in.‚?Ě
Snowden‚??s revelations resulted in a windfall of¬†privacy reform¬†efforts across the states and on the international level over the course of the year.¬†Two blockbuster¬†movies¬†portraying Snowden‚??s journey are ¬†reportedly in the works.
The New York Times¬†reported¬†Sunday the NSA was collecting millions of images of faces from websites, making this agency tactic the latest revelation from the whistleblower‚??s trove.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit in June 2013, following Snowden‚??s initial revelations, to¬†end the agency‚??s mass phone records collection program. The organization is¬†appealing¬†a federal judge‚??s¬†dismissal¬†of the lawsuit in December 2013.
ACLU attorney¬†Ben Wizner¬†is also one of several lawyers representing Snowden; Snowden‚??s lawyer in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena,¬†reportedly¬†sits on the ‚??public council‚?Ě of Russia‚??s secret police, the Federal Security Service.
Kucherena‚??s FSB ties are only one item on a list of oddities, however, that have stoked suspicions from critics that Snowden may have been working for a foreign intelligence service looking to harm the U.S. government.
Former KGB major general Oleg Kalugin recently¬†told¬†VentureBeat he believed Snowden was an American traitor who was cooperating with the FSB as an consultant.