The UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal has rule that the British government’s “regime governing the soliciting, receiving, storing and transmitting by UK authorities of private communications of individuals located in the UK, which have been obtained by U.S. authorities” was illegal until December 2014, but has since come into compliance with the law.  Ironically, the Tribunal indicated that the UK’s use of data collected by the U.S. National Security Agency was now legal by virtue of the disclosures made during the Tribunal’s own proceedings.  And those proceedings were largely the result of disclosures made by Edward Snowden about the surveillance operations of NSA and its foreign partners, including the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).  No word yet on whether Mr. Snowden will be coming to London to drink his reward.