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In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team's argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (left), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.In a speech at Oxford University, the Truthdig columnist frames his team's argument in a debate on how we should view Snowden (above), the systems analyst who exposed the massive surveillance of Americans.

A handful of media stories, blog posts and academic studies have been skeptical about such attention-getting figures. But that has not stopped an array of government officials and politicians from continuing to cite them as authoritative. Now, ProPublica has found new grounds to question the data and methods used to generate them.

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