Domestic surveillance and spying may increase thanks to Donald Trump’s election victory, it has been claimed.

Edward Snowden said that that democratic checks and balances were losing ground to authoritarianism.

Snowden is a former US agency spy contractor who lives in Moscow under an asylum deal after he leaked classified information in 2013 that exposed the extent of the US government’s monitoring of its own citizens.

“We are starting to substitute open government for sheer authoritarianism, a government based not upon the principle of informed consent granted by people who understand its activities but rather a trust in personalities, a trust in claims, a trust in the hope that they will do the right thing,” Snowden warned.

During his campaign, Trump supported increased surveillance of US Muslims, mass deportation of illegal immigrants, reauthorization of waterboarding and changing libel laws to increase press restrictions.

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