Russia promises legal action over NSA surveillance scandal

The scandal over illegal data interception by US security services questions the correlation between the US and international law, and senior Russian officials are calling for an urgent update in Russian legislation in response.
Russia will not ignore the actions of the US authorities who had admitted leaks of personal data of Russian citizens to which the US security services had access, the Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said at a special meeting initiated by the Upper House of the Russian parliament.
The move followed the revelations of former US security contractor Edward Snowden, who made public the mass surveillance and wire-tapping secretly committed by the National Security Agency in what they claimed was part of the war on terror.
“The principle of observing the human rights is stated in all UN Security Council resolutions on countering terrorism without exceptions. There must be respect of the international law that is no less important than the fight against terrorism. We must analyze how the current American laws match the corresponding international norms, we have a number of doubts on this issue,” Dolgov said.