In a news report that appeared in the German magazine Der Spiegel, former president Jimmy Carter is reported to have said that the leaks by Edward Snowden were “beneficial” to the country and that “America has no functioning democracy at this moment.”
That’s pretty strong stuff and I am not sure why these remarks have not got wider publicity in the US media. We also should be a bit wary because Carter’s remarks were first translated from English into German and then back again, so something may have got lost in that round trip. We need to wait a couple of days to see if he stands by the comments.
However Carter has not been shy about criticizing his successors and has previously condemned the Obama administration’s use of drone attacks.