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Thomas Hogan Named Presiding Judge Of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 2013:  (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS; PREMIUM RATES (3X) APPLY) Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden p
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 2013: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS; PREMIUM RATES (3X) APPLY) Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden poses for a photo during an interview in an undisclosed location in December 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Snowden who exposed extensive details of global electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency has been in Moscow since June 2012 after getting temporary asylum in order to evade prosecution by authorities in the U.S. (Photo by Barton Gellman/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The secretive U.S. court that considers applications for electronic surveillance and physical searches of non-U.S. targets will have a new presiding judge in May, the court said on Tuesday.

Judge Thomas Hogan, who has been a federal judge in Washington, D.C., since 1982, will begin work as the presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, the court said in a statement.

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has exclusive authority over the makeup of the 11-judge spy court, made the appointment.

Although the court meets in secret to hear applications from prosecutors, it is increasingly in the public eye. Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed last year that the court approved the collection of a massive amount of U.S. telephone data, much of it related to Americans.

Hogan will succeed presiding judge Reggie Walton, who like Hogan was appointed to the federal bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan.

Hogan's term as presiding judge will extend through May 2016, the court said. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Howard Goller and Tom Brown)

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