Tag: Edward Snowden

Trump Accuses Obama: He’s ‘Behind’ Leaks, Protests [VIDEO]

President Trump on Tuesday morning blamed former President Obama for leaks of classified information from the White House and for protests in the wake of a controversial executive order halting immigration from seven predominantly-Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox and Friends, during which he gave no evidence…

Edward Snowden’s Russia Residency Extended

Russia just guaranteed two years’ residency to Edward Snowden, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman wrote on Facebook that Snowden’s right to stay in the country had been extended “by a couple of years,” disputing claims that the National Security Agency whistleblower could be used as a bargaining chip in Putin-Trump negotiations. Additionally, in a separate…

Eric Holder: Snowden ‘Performed a Public Service’ [VIDEO]

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said NSA leaker Edward Snowden “performed a public service” by setting off an international debate over governments’ surveillance capabilities. “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged…

The European Union Votes to Protect Edward Snowden [VIDEO]

EU’s parliament voted Thursday to call on its member states to drop criminal charges against Edward Snowden and to protect him from extradition. Approved by a close margin, 285-281, the EU resolution doesn’t change any existing laws or policies but acts as a resolution on the part of the governing body, asking member states to…

Patriot Act Heading for Sunset on June 1st if No Action Taken

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short term extension of the USA Patriot Act. The back-to-back votes left lawmakers without a fallback that is clear, although current law doesn’t expire until midnight May 31. The White House has demanded the Senate…

[VIDEO] Snowden to Oliver: The NSA is Collecting Your Dick Pics

[VIDEO] Snowden to Oliver: NSA Surveillance is Collecting Your Private Photos There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden in Russia to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and how the NSA collects your dick-pics.

Edward Snowden Granted Three More Years of Asylum in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden received another three years asylum in Russia Thursday, extending the temporary asylum he was granted last summer after he was stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden faces charges stateside for leaking classified National Security Agency materials that revealed the existence of several massive surveillance programs, revelations that led to a federal…

NSA Releases the Snowden Email – Read the Email

BREAKING: NSA releases the Snowden email NSA has now explained that they have found one email inquiry by Edward Snowden to the Office of General Counsel asking for an explanation of some material that was in a training course he had just completed. The e-mail did not raise allegations or concerns about wrongdoing or abuse,…

Snowden gives wide-ranging interview to Brian Williams – VIDEO

“NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week for an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Edward Snowden. The former NSA contractor’s first-ever American television interview will air in an hour-long NBC News primetime special on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central.

Watch Snowden RT Interview VIDEO Asking Putin: Do You Spy?

Edward Snowden ask Thursday in a interview with Moscow-run television station Russia Today: “Does Russia intercept, store, or analyze—in any way—the communications of individuals?” Snowden has lived in Moscow for nearly a year since he leaked information from the National Security Agency. Putin responded: “Russia uses surveillance techniques for spying on individuals only with the…

Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzer for NSA coverage

The Guardian and The Washington Post both won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday in the public service category for their coverage of the NSA. The Boston Globe also won the breaking news prize for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage. The fiction prize went to Donna Tartt for ‘The Goldfinch.’

Snowden: NSA spied on human rights workers

The National Security Agency has spied on human rights groups, Edward Snowden tells the Council of Europe. He told the group: “The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States.” Snowden listed Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as among the bodies…

Edward Snowden speaks to TED conference through a robot [VIDEO]

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden today (March 18) addressed Vancouver’s TED conference. Unlike other TED2014 speakers, Snowden spoke through a robot, answering questions from TED curator Chris Anderson. Anderson told the $7,500-a-ticket crowd that Snowden was controlling the bot with his laptop from a “remote location somewhere in Russia”. Here’s what Snowden said in response to…

Edward Snowden to speak at SXSW conference

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is getting ready to speak at this year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival. (12 PM EST TIME TODAY MONDAY) He’ll participate remotely via video as Snowden remains in Moscow where he’s living in temporary asylum. Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the agency’s mass surveillance program by leaking…

Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker

A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal log-in credentials to access classified information, according to an agency memo obtained by NBC News. In addition, an active duty member of the U.S. military and a contractor have been barred…

NSA’s Secret Role in U.S. Assassination Program (Former Drone Operator Speaks to Scahill, Greenwald)

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who…

Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’

Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and ‘Dirty Tricks’ British spies have developed “dirty tricks” for use against nations, hackers, terror groups, suspected criminals and arms dealers that include releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets into “honey traps.” Documents taken from the National…

Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel peace prize

Two Norwegian politicians say they have jointly nominated former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel peace prize. Socialist politicians Baard Vegar Solhjell, a former environment minister, and Snorre Valen said the public debate and policy changes “in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world…

Edward Snowden to broadcast Channel 4’s alternative Christmas Day message

NSA whistleblower records message from Russia, filmed by Laura Poitras, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK surveillance, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he explains his actions.…

Report: Snowden would help Brazil if granted asylum

Edward Snowden wrote in an “open letter to the Brazilian people” that he would be willing to help their government investigate U.S. spying if granted political asylum. In the letter, obtained by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, Snowden says he was impressed by Brazil’s criticism of the National Security Agency spying program.

NSA documentary “More Bullshit” From CBS – Watch the 60 Minutes Video

A CBS documentary on the inner workings of the NSA has prompted condemnation for its “one-sided” portrayal of the spy agency. Spy chiefs denied allegations they snooped on American citizens and claimed they only spied on foreigners. During the program entitled ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent John Miller – a former NSA employee – explores the headquarters…

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Companies Launch a Campaign to Reform Government Surveillance

A group of tech companies — AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo — has written an open letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress calling for a reform of government surveillance following numerous revelations about the NSA’s data collection practices. The coalition presents five core principles to inform future surveillance…

NSA, GCHQ ‘planted agents’ into World of Warcraft, Second Life to spy on gamers

The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed. An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” was published Monday by The Guardian in…

New Snowden docs show U.S. spied during G20 in Toronto

Top secret documents retrieved by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden show that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government allowed the largest American spy agency to conduct widespread surveillance in Canada during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits. The documents are being reported exclusively by CBC News. The briefing notes, stamped “Top Secret,” show the U.S. turned its…

Report: Snowden persuaded NSA workers to share logins

Edward Snowden reportedly used login credentials provided by colleagues to access the classified materials that he later leaked, sources told Reuters. According to the report, Snowden may have coerced 20 to 25 employees at the NSA operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by saying he needed them for his job…

Snowden docs: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the…

Beware of Social Media: NSA is tracking you on Facebook and Twitter

The policy was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an NSA memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness of every email address,…

Report: NSA Shares Data With Israel In Secret Deal

The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first removing information about U.S. citizens, according to a secret document provided to The Guardian by Edward Snowden. The secret deal, reached in 2009, according to the undated memorandum, places no legally binding limits on the use of data by the Israelis.