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“The NSA has a legitimate right to pursue the collection of metadata if there are genuine links to terrorism,” Mr. Klayman said. “Still, I want the courts to step in, or we as a nation could go into a state of violent revolution.”

Although multiple polls reveal that the majority of Americans perceive Mr. Snowden, now living in exile in Russia as more NSA secrets are spilled, to be a criminal or traitor, Mr. Klayman disagrees.

“We owe a debt a gratitude to Edward Snowden. He shouldn’t have collaborated with Russia. But he forced the NSA to admit to what they were doing,” he said.