WASHINGTON D.C.: A year after Edward Snowden revealed the vast scope of the US data dragnet, America is still reeling from the fallout, which damaged ties abroad and triggered fears of “Big Brother” government. In the latest twist since Snowden handed over thousands of US intelligence secrets last June, Germany has launched a criminal probe into snooping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. The timing is embarrassing, just as US President Barack Obama is in Europe for Friday’s events marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, also being attended by Merkel. Former intelligence contractor Snowden, 30, remains on the run from US espionage charges, having been given temporary political asylum in Russia. On Wednesday, American whistleblowers urged him not to return home, warning he would not face a fair trial.