来源:普特英语听力 2019-01-27
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A coalition of legal advocacy and human rights groups in the United States, including the founder of the on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia have brought a federal lawsuit against mass surveillance operations carried out by the country's intelligence services. Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington.

"The lawsuit alleges that the National Security Agency violated Americans' constitutional right to freedom of speech by sweeping up all text-based communications in an attempt to track terrorist communications. The founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales said such surveillance eroded the original promise of Internet, which she described as an open space for collaboration, and experimentation, and a place free from fear. The NSA is faced a platter of legal cases even since its former contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents detailing the Agency's activities. A spokesman for the Justice Department said only that it was reviewing the case."

Key Phrases/Words

1. coalition n. 结合体,联合,同盟

2. lawsuit n. 诉讼

3. surveillance n. 盯梢,监督

4. sweep up 清扫