Snowden: Internet giants 'misleading' about surveillance program

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However, the former government contractor said the revelations about the NSA's controversial PRISM program and the tech companies' clout have resulted in the disclosure of more details about the operation.

"Their denials went through several revisions as it become more and more clear they were misleading and included identical, specific language across companies," Snowden said. "As a result of these disclosures and the clout of these companies, we're finally beginning to see more transparency and better details about these programs for the first time since their inception."

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