US owes Snowden debt of gratitude: WikiLeaks founder Assange
SYDNEY (AFP) - Americans owe United States intelligence leaker Edward Snowden a debt of gratitude because he prompted President Barack Obama to promise an overhaul of secret surveillance, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said.
The Australian-born Mr Assange said the US President had "validated Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower" by announcing plans which promised greater oversight and transparency.
"Today was a victory of sorts for Edward Snowden and his many supporters," Mr Assange said on Saturday in comments published on his Australian website.
"As Snowden has stated, his biggest concern was if he blew the whistle and change did not occur.