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Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden is about control, not counterterrorism – Oliver Stone to...

The majority of the US public is not aware of what exactly was exposed by...
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Video: Big brother is watching? UK intelligence spied on Israel – Snowden leak

British secret services have been spying on Israel's diplomats, defense firms, and military, according to documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden ... Via Youtube

GCHQ spied on former colonies & African leaders, including UK allies – Snowden leaks

Britain’s electronic spy agency listened in on businessmen, government departments and politicians, including heads of state closely allied to the UK, according to the...

NSA workers leaving in ‘increasingly large numbers’ following Snowden leaks – former director

Employees working for the National Security Agency are leaving their posts in “increasingly large numbers” following...
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Video: Snowden exposed mass surveillance to show it’s for control, not counterterrorism – Oliver...

The majority of the US public is not aware of what exactly was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden because media coverage focused on...

British spies monitor Israeli diplomats, with help from US and Jordan – Snowden docs...

British secret services have been spying on Israel’s diplomats, defense firms, and military, according to...

Snowden: Ex-CIA Director Petraeus ‘shared far more classified info than I ever did’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden is surprised at the leniency shown to CIA Director General David Petraeus, who...

Obama says he ‘can’t pardon’ Snowden unless whistleblower goes to court

President Obama gave an interview to German media outlets Spiegel and ARD during his visit to...
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Video: Snowden: Fear of terrorism used as ‘legislative magic wand’ for surveillance (streamed live)

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is scheduled to take part in a Q&A session via video call, hosted by the PEN International...
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Video: LIVE: Snowden Q&A on how US Election affects your privacy, his pardon

Snowden Q&A on how US Election affects privacy Courtesy: StartpageSearch www.startpage.com RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Snowden’s former employer hires ex-FBI director to review security after 2nd data breach

Booz Allen Hamilton has hired an ex-FBI director to launch an external review of security and staffing procedures after an employee stole up to...

GCHQ hired New Zealand firm for mass hack capabilities – Snowden leak

Electronic spy agency GCHQ paid a New Zealand firm to tap undersea internet cables in...
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Video: ‘Breathtaking’ Breach: ‘2nd Snowden’ to face espionage charges over 50TB of stolen data

The US Department of Justice may charge a former NSA contractor with espionage after discovering top secret documents and enough highly sensitive data to...

Snowden ridicules Joe Biden's cyberthreats against Russia

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has made fun of US Vice President Joe Biden's announcement to respond to...
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Video: Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower

The US Government relies on public ignorance in order to threaten the privacy of tens of millions of people around the world, Snowden exposed...
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Video: A New Snowden?

Former whistleblower William Binney says the arrest of Harold Thomas Martin could be tied to the August release of NSA source-code Visit ... Via Youtube
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Video: Snowden 2.0: NSA contractor arrested for stealing malware

The FBI 'secretly arrested' a National Security Agency contractor on suspicion of stealing and revealing malware the NSA used to hack foreign governments, the...

NYT Declares Snowden a Thief–and Journalism a Crime

The old “theft” the New York Times headline (10/5/16) refers to is Edward Snowden’s exposure of government crimes. On the home page today of the...

Why the Snowden the Movie Matters

I’ve reviewed Oliver Stone’s movie Snowden elsewhere, and it’s well worth seeing just as a movie. But of course the issues brought up by...

Source Betrayed: the Washington Post and Edward Snowden

Sergey Kohl The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has...

Tech firms distancing themselves from spies thanks to Snowden – MI6 chief

Spy chief Alex Younger says the leaks from Edward Snowden have undermined the relationship between...

Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided,...

The Washington Post and Edward Snowden

The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been...

Assange, Manning, and Snowden, Standing With the Conscience of Truthtellers

Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “Snowden” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and...

Assange, Manning and Snowden: Standing up for the Conscience of Truthtellers

Last week, Oliver Stone’s biopic “Snowden” hit the theaters. The film illuminates the life of Edward Snowden between 2004 and 2013, aiming to humanize...
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Video: Oliver Stone on Snowden’s guts (EXCLUSIVE)

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE: https://youtu.be/tDr_-Wu7j3s Despite Edward Snowden's notoriety, rarely mentioned is how he became one of the ... Via Youtube

Snowden has ‘a lot of guts,’ Oliver Stone tells RT as Washington Post turns...

Edward Snowden showed “a lot of guts” to speak out about the NSA surveillance program, director...

Peter Van Buren on What Lesson To Take From Snowden Movie?

The NSA is collecting every aspect of our lives and storing them in a massive database. Most Americans are not...

Oliver Stone talks ‘Snowden’ movie, love, cyberwarfare & govt secrets (VIDEO)

Despite Edward Snowden’s notoriety, rarely mentioned is how he became one of the biggest whistleblowers in...

The Value of Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

Exclusive: Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” takes you inside the vast electronic expanse of U.S. intelligence gathering via the personal story of Edward Snowden’s decision...
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Video: What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under...

http://democracynow.org - In Part 2 of our debate about whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should be pardoned, we examine ... Via Youtube
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Video: Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden?

http://democracynow.org - It has been three years since National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA files to media outlets ... Via Youtube

‘American people deserve better’: Snowden refutes House report through Twitter outburst

Edward Snowden addressed specific claims of the report by the House Intel Committee, which accused him...

House urges Obama not to pardon Snowden, claims he is ‘not a whistleblower’

US lawmakers intend to shoot down any hope for pardoning Edward Snowden, claiming that the...
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Video: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers Forced Edward Snowden to Release Documents, Says Wikileaks Editor

http://democracynow.org - On the release of Oliver Stone's new film, "Snowden," we speak with WikiLeaks editor Sarah Harrison, who accompanied NSA ... Via Youtube
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Video: Is Hillary Clinton’s Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction from Real Issue of...

http://democracynow.org - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden "stole very important information that has unfortunately ... Via Youtube
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Video: “Pardon Snowden” Campaign Launches, Led by ACLU, Amnesty & Human Rights Watch

http://democracynow.org - The release of Oliver Stone's film "Snowden" comes amid a stepped-up campaign by the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty ... Via Youtube

Human rights groups launch campaign seeking pardon for Snowden

Three leading human rights organization launched a campaign to try and persuade President Barack Obama to pardon National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden of...

Is Hillary Clinton's Criticism of Edward Snowden a Distraction From Real Issue of Surveillance?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden "stole very important information that has unfortunately fallen into a lot of the...

Oliver Stone’s New Movie Snowden Tackles the Myth

Snowden is a helluva movie, kicking an audience’s ass on a number of levels. I had a chance to see the film last night...

Why Oliver Stone’s Snowden is the Best Film of the Year

Snowden is the most entertaining, informing, and important film you are likely to see this year. It’s the true story of an awakening. It traces...

‘Let him come home:’ Star Trek’s new Spock calls Espionage Act charges against Snowden...

Hollywood heartthrob Zachary Quinto, who plays Star Trek’s new Spock and Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s...
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Video: Snowden: war criminals in RAF Menwith Hill, not in Yemen, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Snowden: RAF Menwith Hill GHOSTHUNTER, war criminals targetting drone assassinations, Tony Gosling INSIDE MENWITH HILL Ryan Gallagher - Sep. Via Youtube
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Video: Devil’s advocate? Robert Tibbo on Snowden’s life in Hong Kong and more

A little known fact about Edward Snowden: he was helped by refugees while hiding out in Hong Kong. After he fled the US, at...

Snowden ‘uncomfortable’ with film portrayal, calls UK ‘authoritarian’ in new interview

US exile Edward Snowden, the subject of a new Oliver Stone film that premiered at the...
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Video: Inside Menwith Hill: NSA spy base in UK used for ‘kill or capture’...

Leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how his former employer used the US spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire to conduct...

Hack of NSA ‘cyber weapons’ verified by Snowden docs – report

Newly liberated NSA files from whistleblower Edward Snowden remove any doubt that the “ShadowBrokers” hack on...

‘You’re welcome’: Snowden casts light on NSA hack

The files released by a hacker group that claims to have breached the NSA are authentic,...

FBI recommends no charges against Clinton, but Snowden & others didn’t get off so...

Hillary Clinton was called “extremely careless” in handling classified information by the director of the FBI,...

Edward Snowden’s legal team to seek presidential pardon from Obama

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s life in exile may not have to be a permanent solution. His lawyers are planning to raise the pressure on...

‘State of Surveillance’ with Edward Snowden

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Snowden leak: MI5 has gathered so much data it may actually be missing ‘life-saving...

British spies may have missed potentially "life-saving intelligence” because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, a leaked classified...

Snowden leak: GCHQ & America’s NSA regularly intercept British MPs emails

American spies and the UK’s listening post GCHQ regularly intercept the emails of British MPs...
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Video: ‘Public service’: Snowden’s leaks praised by former US Attorney General

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who first wanted to see whistleblower Edward Snowden put in prison, now says the ex-NSA contractor did a “public...

Snowden’s leaks were ‘public service’ – former US Attorney General

Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who first wanted to see whistleblower Edward Snowden put in prison,...
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Video: ‘A lot of surprises’: New secret Snowden files leak coming – activist Miranda

David Miranda says the public has the right to see documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which he plans to release soon. However, Miranda told...

Did Snowden’s mass surveillance leaks have a chilling effect on political activists?

A new report examines how political activists have responded to the knowledge they are under...
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Video: Part 3: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...
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Video: Part 2: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...
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Video: Part 1: Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower’s Life and Set Stage for...

http://democracynow.org - In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to...

Snowden laughs off CIA’s ‘mistaken’ destruction of secret torture report

Following a recent report that the CIA's internal inspectors destroyed their only copy of a top...
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Video: NSA involved in Gitmo interrogations – new Snowden leak

The NSA participated in Guantanamo Bay interrogations, newly released leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden show. A decade's worth of NSA newsletters ... Via Youtube

Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe and the Case of Edward Snowden

In this interview with MIT professor, anarchist, philosopher and renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, we discuss US military presence in Europe and the...
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Video: Part 2: “It’s a War on Whistleblowers”: Snowden Pens Foreword to New Scahill...

http://democracynow.org - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote the foreword for the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, "The ... Via...
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Video: Part 1: “It’s a War on Whistleblowers”: Snowden Pens Foreword to New Scahill...

http://democracynow.org - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote the foreword for the new book by Jeremy Scahill and the staff of The Intercept, "The ... Via...

People too afraid to search privacy-sensitive topics after Snowden revelations – Oxford study

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations on government mass surveillance have apparently scared a significant number of...

Edward Snowden: ‘Demand Cameron’s resignation over tax dodging’

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged the British people to demand Prime Minister David Cameron’s...

Private matter? That’s rich! Edward Snowden deals Cameron a Twitter takedown

David Cameron has been called out for hypocrisy by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden after the...

US govt mistakenly leaks Snowden’s name in case that shuttered Lavabit

The US government has accidentally leaked Edward Snowden’s name, letting slip the FBI’s real target in...

‘That’s horse sh*t!’: FBI can already unlock iPhone without Apple’s help – Snowden

(RT) - NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the FBI’s claim to need Apple to unlock...
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Video: How bad was Snowden revelation for US govt? Activists ask defense intelligence agency

In 2013, America was thrown into damage control mode after National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the US was snooping on its ... Via...
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Video: Former CIA Agent Says Edward Snowden Revelations Emboldened Apple to Push Back Against...

http://democracynow.org - We speak with former CIA agent Barry Eisler about the role of Edward Snowden in raising public awareness about encryption and ... Via...
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Video: Street trolling: Chinese internet wants Snowden St as US names plaza after dissident...

Beijing has labelled "provocative" the US Senate's approval to rename a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy in Washington after a jailed dissident. Via...
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Video: Apple vs. the FBI: Inside the Battle Snowden Calls “The Most Important Tech...

http://democracynow.org - A major debate over privacy and online encryption has erupted after the computer giant Apple announced it will resist a court order...

Edward Snowden burns Jeb Bush, Kanye in one devastating tweet

Kanye West hasn’t had a great week. With his tweets getting more attention than the release of his new album, The Life of Pablo,...

Edward Snowden among Nobel Peace Prize candidate

US whistle-blower and former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is among the top candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize which is awarded in...

Snowden leaks: Law used in David Miranda detention incompatible with human rights, court rules

Legal loopholes used to detain David Miranda at Heathrow Airport while he was carrying leaked intelligence files for journalistic use are incompatible with human...

NSA helped GCHQ spies hack Juniper firewalls — Snowden leak

British spies enlisted the help of the US National Security Agency (NSA) to learn how to hack firewalls made by top internet security provider...
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Video: RT ‘2035’ promo: Retired Obama, John Kerry, & ft President Snowden

RT celebrates it's 10th birthday in December 2015 #RT10. We want to thank you for your support: Thanks for watching! We hope you can...
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Video: Glenn Greenwald: “Shameless” U.S. Officials Exploit Paris Attacks to Defend Spying & Attack...

As France and Belgium move to expand state power in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, top U.S. officials have renewed a push to...

Scapegoating Snowden is ‘Irrational’ and Very Troubling, Advocates Warn

Shifting the blame to 'unauthorized disclosures,' security officials seize on Paris tragedy to expand surveillance state by Lauren McCauley As politicians and security officials rush to shift...

’60 Minutes’ Pushes National Security Propaganda To Cast Snowden, Manning As Traitors

The television program, “60 Minutes,” aired a segment on Sunday in which it assassinated the character of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, and even...

Snowden condemns Britain’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has voiced his opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by the British government, saying ministers are...
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Video: ‘Ed Snowden of Banking’ Refuses to Appear in Swiss Trial

After Herve Falciani leaked more than 100000 HSBC account records of tax evaders to government tax agencies, the Swiss government has been on a...
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Video: EU Passes Resolution to Protect Edward Snowden from Prosecution

Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel.net says European governments still have to adopt and implement the resolution that whistleblower Edward Snowden is calling a ... Via Youtube
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Video: “Everybody is a Suspect”: European Rights Chief on Edward Snowden’s Call for Global...

Last month, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald and other privacy activists launched a new campaign to ... Via Youtube
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Video: There’s A New Edward Snowden Whistleblower!!!

In this video Luke Rudkowski covers the latest news of a new Edward Snowden coming out and releasing hidden government documents relating to the...

Snowden: NSA, GCHQ Using Your Phone to Spy on Others (and You)

You are a tool of the state, according to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA in the U.S., and its equivalent in the UK, GCHQ,...
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Video: A New Snowden? Whistleblower Leaks Trove of Documents on Drones & Obama’s Assassination...

Newly leaked government documents have provided an unprecedented window into the secret U.S. drone assassination program across the globe. Via Youtube
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Video: Norman Solomon: Clinton’s Debate Comments on Snowden “Give Hypocrisy a Bad Name”

At Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, candidates offered differing views on what should happen to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for exposing ... Via Youtube

Leaked: ‘New Snowden’ releases Obama’s drone program papers

A cache of classified documents has revealed the inner workings of US drone operations in Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, including the mechanism of targeting...

BBC’s “Panorama” attacks Edward Snowden

By Robert Stevens Last week the BBC’s flagship documentary show “Panorama” broadcast what it described as the first British TV interview with US whistleblower Edward Snowden. In...
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Video: Lawfare: Assange, Snowden & Dotcom face same prosecutor in US

Julian Assange says US authorities have assigned the same prosecutor for him, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom in Virginia in an example of what...

Karma Police spying on the whole internet: Snowden

Documents recently leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) mapped “every visible user on the internet,” in...
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Video: Ben Carson On Why Edward Snowden Was Right But Needs To Go To...

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Presidential Candidate Ben Carson about what do with Edward Snowden. Here we get a unique perspective on...
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Video: Assange: U.S. Spying on WikiLeaks Led to Downing of Morales Plane in Snowden...

Democracynow.org - We end today's show with another story about Evo Morales. In 2013, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange played a pivotal role in helping...
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Video: No way to Norway: Snowden may be extradited to US if comes for...

Norway won't guarantee the safety of whistleblower Edward Snowden, should he travel there to collect the 'Freedom of Expression' award he's been given by...
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Video: Snowden Documents Reveal AT&T’s “Extreme Willingness to Help” NSA Domestic Spy Program

http://democracynow.org - Documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed how extensively the NSA relied on telecommunications giant ... Via Youtube

Snowden case legal, not political: His lawyer

The US authorities’ reluctance to view Edward Snowden’s case impartially is makes it impossible for the former NSA contractor to return home, his lawyer...

US should hang NSA leaker Edward Snowden: Former senator

The United States should publicly hang National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden if he is captured by the US government, according to a...

Snowden documentary filmmaker sues US over years of harassment

Oscar-winning film director Laura Poitras is suing the US government to find out why she has been searched, questioned and subjected to enhanced security...

Snowden documentary filmmaker sues US over years of harassment

Oscar-winning film director Laura Poitras is suing the US government to find out why she has been searched, questioned and subjected to enhanced security...

French Asylum for Snowden and Assange Would Send ‘Clear Message’ to US

(Common Dreams) - French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would "absolutely not be surprised" if whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange received asylum in...
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Video: NSA, GCHQ hacked Kaspersky, other cybersecurity companies — Snowden docs

US and British spy agencies worked to reverse-engineer antivirus software in order to "exploit such software and to prevent detection of our activities." Russian...
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Video: ‘Utter lies’: Greenwald debunks Sunday Times spin on Snowden

Glenn Greenwald, a US journalist who published the first reports on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, says allegations in the British press that Russian...

Snowden Does a Product Endorsement

In the wake of Congress passing the USA Freedom Act Ed Snowden composed an editorial piece that appeared in the New York Times. There...

Edward Snowden and ‘The Big Reveal’

It seems like only yesterday that a lot of political journalists were spitting mad over the Snowden revelations. It was a very weird time. Anyway,...

Media Lessons from Snowden Reporting: LA Times Editors Advocate Prosecution of Sources

Two years ago, the first story based on the Snowden archive was published in the Guardian, revealing a program of domestic mass surveillance which,...

Congressional Priorities for Defense Intelligence Agency: Take More Money, Discredit Snowden

Today marks the two year anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. The anniversary was marked not just with a Snowden op-ed published by the...

Unsatisfied with Weak Spy Reforms, Movement Snowden Built Vows to Fight On

'Two years ago, debating these modest changes would’ve been unthinkable, and it is absolutely a vindication for Edward Snowden.' Jon Queally (Common Dreams) - The law itself...

Snowden Opened This Door for NSA Reform

On the passage of the USA Freedom Act (Freedom of the Press Foundation) - On Tuesday, the Senate passed a version of the USA Freedom Act,...

Snowden talks NSA surveillance reform, reveals Papa John’s exists in Russia

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden took to Reddit Thursday, once again answering questions about surveillance reform, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s 10-hour filibuster, and...

‘Weaponizing Vulnerabilities’: New Snowden Doc Reveals Spy Agencies Targeted Smartphones

The 'Five Eyes' alliance exploited weaknesses in popular browser and planned to hijack links to app stores to implant spyware on mobile phones, new...

Snowden cost US control of ‘geopolitical narrative’ — former NSA official

Mass surveillance was necessary after 9/11, but not expanding the law to authorize it was a “strategic blunder” that landed the agency in hot...

Courage Is Contagious: Manning, Snowden, Assange Stand Up for Freedom

(commondreams) - May Day saw the Berlin unveiling of Anything To Say? , a public art project and "monument to courage" featuring life-size bronze...

Edward Snowden warns data retention laws are ‘dangerous’

Former US National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden has delivered a damning verdict on Australia's new data retention laws, saying they are "radical" and...

Snowden says Australia watching its citizens ‘all the time,’ slams new metadata laws

Published time: May 09, 2015 15:02

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism.

Snowden, addressing the Progress 2015 conference in Melbourne via satellite link, criticized Australia's new metadata laws, which allow the government and intelligence agencies to keep a constant watch on citizens.

"What this means is they are watching everybody all the time,” the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower said. “They're collecting information and they're just putting it in buckets that they can then search through not only locally, not only in Australia, but they can then share this with foreign intelligences services.”

Last month, Australia passed controversial laws that require telecommunications firms to retain their customers’ phone and computer metadata for two years.

READ MORE: Congress mulls future of metadata collection after court's condemnation

Snowden decried this disturbing trend, warning that regardless of what you are doing “you're being watched."

He compared Australia's mass surveillance system to that being used in the UK.

"Australia's role in mass surveillance around the world is similar to the UK and the Tempora program," he said.

Snowden, who has been living in Moscow since June 2013 after receiving political asylum, criticized the Australian government’s passage of a metadata program that is being used, he said, to “collect everyone's communications in advance of criminal suspicion."

"This is dangerous," he told the conference.

The former system administrator for the CIA said such invasive surveillance technologies had nothing in common with traditional liberal societies.

READ MORE: NSA's telephone metadata collection not authorized by Patriot Act - appeals court

"This is not things that governments have ever traditionally been empowered to claim for themselves as authorities.

"And to have that change recently ... is a radical departure from the operation of traditional liberal societies around the world."

Snowden repeated his position that acts of terrorism in the US and elsewhere have not been thwarted by conducting mass surveillance on citizens.

"Nine times out of 10 when you see someone on the news who's engaged in some sort of radical jihadist activity, these are people who had a long record," he said.

"The reason these attacks happened is not because we didn't have enough surveillance, it's because we had too much."

READ MORE: Millennials worldwide show broad support of Edward Snowden – poll

Aside from average citizens, he warned that journalists are also at risk of having their contacts exposed by the mass surveillance.

"Under these mandatory metadata laws you can immediately see who journalists are contacting, from which you can derive who their sources are."

He excoriated such a turn of events, saying the purpose of a free press in society is to “act as an adversary against the government on behalf of the public."

Snowden’s comments came on the same day that a US federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records was illegal. In a unanimous decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York called the bulk phone records collection "unprecedented and unwarranted."

The ruling, which Snowden called “extraordinarily encouraging,” comes as Congress confronts a June 1 deadline to renew a section of the Patriot Act that allows the NSA’s bulk data surveillance.

Meanwhile, Snowden seems determined to reveal more information from the National Security Agency (NSA) files, hinting there was yet more information about Australia’s intelligence work that would be revealed at a later date.

Snowden Statue Freed! Plus, Activist Artists Avoid Criminal Charges

Snowden bust, installed under cover of darkness on April 6 and swiftly removed by cops, will now be displayed in Brooklyn art gallery by Deirdre Fulton (Common...

Snowden Docs: NSA Technology Lets Gov’t Generate Transcripts of Private Phone Calls

(Democracy Now!) - A new article by The Intercept details how the National Security Agency is converting people's private phone conversations into searchable text....

How Eric Snowden Changed Our World

It is now almost two years since whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked classified information on the surveillance activities of the NSA and its allies in...

No ‘illegal spying’ or ‘misuse of power’: Sony amends wording on Snowden biopic description...

Internal Sony emails, released by Wikileaks, confirm that the company edited the press release announcing its Edward Snowden biopic to be less critical of...

72% of Brits concerned about online privacy since Snowden leaks

New research suggests nearly three quarters of British adults are worried about the distribution of their personal information online, with concerns including hackers and...

Edward Snowden Talks Government Spying and ‘Dick Pics’ with John Oliver

Jon Queally In a sit-down interview with John Oliver, host of HBO's comedy news show Last Week Tonight, that aired on Sunday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden...

Snowden leak reveals UK spied on Argentina

Documents recently leaked by renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden claim the UK spied on Argentina for several years, fearing it would attempt to take the...

Snowden leaks prove Canada is hacking on global scale

Documents show Communication Security Establishment boasts vast array of cyber warfare capabilities, works hand-in-hand with NSA Lauren McCauley Canada's spy agency, the Communication Security Establishment (CSE),...

Snowden ‘working exhaustively’ with US to secure terms of trial

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says he has been working with the US government since he fled the country two years ago to secure the terms...

Edward Snowden live chat

A Canadian team has created a searchable database of all the publicly released classified documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward...

Noam Chomsky: Edward Snowden a True Patriot Who Should be Honored

Noted linguist also says 'global assassination program' is fuelling terrorism. Andrea Germanos Noam Chomsky said that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a true patriot who revealed vast surveillance...

Russian Lawyer Reasserts Snowden’s Desire to Return Home

Attorney says efforts continue to allow NSA whistleblower to go back to United States if assurances are given that he can receive 'fair and...

Snowden Document Reveals Huge Scope of Canada’s Domestic Surveillance

Lauren McCauley This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Canada's electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), collects millions of...

‘Privacy Critical to Human Freedom’: Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald Talk NSA

Though Snowden beamed in remotely, conversation hosted by New York Times brings together trio that revealed vast secretive surveillance network to global public Jon Queally Common...

White House reveals ‘weak’ NSA reform nearly 2 years after Snowden scoops

The Obama administration has announced changes to the surveillance operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, but critics are already using words like...

Edward Snowden speaks to Toronto students, urges caution on new terror bill

Former U.S. intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says citizens of the world, including Canadians, should be “extraordinarily cautious” when their governments try to...

Edward Snowden shuns iPhones due to secret software that can be remotely activated to...

The iPhone has secret spyware that lets governments watch users without their knowledge, according to Edward Snowden's lawyer. The NSA whistleblower doesn’t use a phone...

‘Exposing Orwellian surveillance’: Greens call on Sweden to grant Edward Snowden asylum

Sweden’s Greens have called on Stockholm to grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden political asylum and fly him to the country on an official government...

Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You

Late on the evening of January 11, 2013, someone sent me an interesting email. It was encrypted, and sent from the sort of anonymous email service...

Snowden’s Motivation: What the Internet Was Like Before It Was Being Watched, and How...

RAINEY REITMAN Laura Poitras’ riveting new documentary about mass surveillance gives an intimate look into the motivations that guided Edward Snowden, who sacrificed his career...

Snowden: Mass surveillance programs “fundamentally dangerous”

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower has described government mass surveillance programs as “fundamentally dangerous”. Snowden spoke in a video message to a conference about the impact on journalism...

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Laura Poitras Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer:...

Edward Snowden: State surveillance in Britain beyond anything seen in the US

The UK authorities are operating a surveillance system where “anything goes” and their interceptions are more intrusive to people’s privacy than has been seen...

New Zealand’s Prime Minister: ‘Snowden Might Be Right’

Prime Minister John Key said Edward Snowden ‘may well be right’ in his claims that the NSA has access to communications from New Zealand....

Snowden: ‘If You Live in New Zealand, You Are Being Watched’

Alongside reporting on new documents, former NSA analyst turned whistleblower calls out nation's prime minister for making "categorically false" statements on mass surveillance Jon Queally NSA...

Snowden leak exposes US plan to spy on foreign businesses for profit

A 2009 intelligence document provided to journalists by former government contractor Edward Snowden suggests the United States weighed someday conducting espionage to prevent losing...

Snowden discusses US surveillance and cyber-warfare programs

Thomas Gaist Wired magazine published an extended interview this week with former US intelligence agent and famed whistleblower Edward Snowden. Conducted in a hotel room somewhere...

Questioning Edward Snowden’s Cure-All

Forgetting Cypherpunk History William A. Blunden  Ed Snowden recently gave fellow NSA whistleblower James Bamford an “extended cut” interview in Moscow.1 While Snowden offered up a few...

Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

Snowden tells investigative journalist James Bamford that NSA was behind 2012 internet blackout in Syria Lauren McCauley In an in-depth interview published by Wired Magazine on Wednesday, Edward Snowden discloses...

NPR Presents CIA-Backed Group as Independent Expert on Snowden’s ‘Harm’

Jim Naureckas  RINF Alternative News Glenn Greenwald was on Democracy Now! Wednesday morning (8/13/14) talking about his new piece in the Intercept (8/12/14) critical of an NPR report (Morning Edition, 8/1/14) describing "tangible...

NSA bot MonsterMind can wage cyberwar on its own — Snowden

The US National Security Agency owns a “MonsterMind” program designed to prevent foreign cyberattacks and, also, automatically strike back, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden...

Snowden: NSA Took Down Syria’s Internet, Targeted China

NSA recently provided Israel with intel to target Palestinians National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the super-secret agency was responsible for taking down Syria’s internet two years...

Edward Snowden given permission to stay in Russia for three more years

NSA whistleblower's lawyer tells Russian news agency Snowden has been granted three-year residency after year's asylum ran out Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower,...

NSA partnering with Saudi regime ‒ Snowden leak

The National Security Agency has increasingly been working hand-in-glove with the repressive Saudi Arabian government since 2013, sharing intelligence and assisting with surveillance, according...

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden plans to work on easy-to-use privacy tools

Ian Paul NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden doesn't yet know whether he'll be spending the next year in a U.S. prison or an undisclosed location in...

Snowden: NSA snoops shared intercepted sextings

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says the analysts who monitored the texts and e-mails of millions of Americans would sometimes share intercepted...

Snowden: NSA Employees Routinely Pass Around Nude Photos Obtained Via Mass Surveillance

NSA Spies On Americans, Then Passes Around Their Nude Pictures and Videos Edward Snowden just told the Guardian: Snowden …. Made a startling claim that a culture exists...

Snowden: ‘If I end up in chains in Guantanamo I can live with that’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo I can live with that,” Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor-turned-privacy advocate, told the Guardian newspaper...

‘It defies belief’: Snowden condemns UK’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has denounced the UK’s emergency surveillance bill, criticizing its heightened powers of intrusion along with the distinct lack of public...

Snowden applied for extended stay in Russia

RINF Alternative News US patriot and whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer has said. Speaking to the AP news agency...

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

Conor Friedersdorf  Consider the latest leak sourced to Edward Snowden from the perspective of his detractors. The National Security Agency's defenders would have us believe...

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans–and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them...

Hillary Clinton: Snowden Should Submit to US Indictments

Likely presidential candidate says whistleblower has right to defend himself even though law he's charged under forbids protections Jon Queally In comments made to the Guardian newspaper on Friday, former...

Cryptome: Snowden Doc Dump Will Prevent July War

Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Holy Land, Africa and others mentioned According to John Young and Cryptome Snowden documents rumored to be released this month will...

Second NSA whistleblower comes forward – vindicates Snowden

RINF Alternative News Bill Binney confirms that all content of all phone calls within the United States are recorded and one million a day are...

New Snowden Docs Reveal Near Global Reach of NSA

FISA court--which operates in secret and provides no real oversight--gave OK for vast scope of "foreign intelligence gathering." Andrea Germanos The U.S. National Security Agency was...

All but four nations are subject to NSA surveillance — new Snowden leak

Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been...

Snowden: Citizens Have ‘Civic Obligation to Push Back’ Against Abuses

The NSA whistleblower defends his actions in address to Europe's leading human rights organization Max Ocean NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the leading European human rights organization on...

Why Edward Snowden deserves a fair and open trial

A year after his defection, first to Hong Kong and then to Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden continues to make headlines...

Treating Snowden as a ‘Personality’

William R. Polk After finally getting around to reading the various articles that have come out on Edward Snowden, the latest being the Vanity Fair account, I...

CIA Rendition Jet was waiting in Europe to Snatch Snowden

As the whistleblowing NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden made his dramatic escape to Russia a year ago, a secret US government jet — previously employed...

Secret Snowden rendition plot revealed?

A US government jet used in CIA ‘rendition’ flights flew into Europe on the same day NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow from...

The Private Equity Limited Partnership Agreement Release: The Industry’s Snowden Moment

Last week, the Wall Street Journal released an important story that chronicled how the private equity industry kingpin KKR systematically took advantage of its credulous...

NSA Whistleblower: Snowden Never Had Access to the JUICIEST Documents

With permission of  Washington’s Blog NSA whistleblower Russel Tice was a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use...

Actor Stephen Fry denounces UK government for not acting on Snowden revelations

Stephen Fry has denounced the government's failure to act over the mass surveillance programme revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, labelling its behaviour as "squalid and rancid". Opening a...

Whistleblowers like Snowden deserve proper legal protection

Annie Machon A year ago I stumbled across a story about a troubling new surveillance program developed by the National Security Agency: Prism. While nobody was identified as the...

34 International Experts Weigh in On Mass Surveillance on Snowden Anniversary

Today, a group of over 400 organizations and experts, along with 350,000 individuals, continue to rally in support of the 13 International Principles on the...

10 things we didn’t know before Snowden

Welcome to the post-Snowden era, where everything you say or do can be monitored by secret services - regardless of a court of law....

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to film thriller based on Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks

The story of how fugitive Edward Snowden leaked classified documents on state surveillance is to be made into a film by Oscar-winning director, Oliver...

Snowden publically supports Reset the Net campaign

Nearly one year to the day since the National Security Agency’s secret spy programs were first exposed through leaked documents, the man responsible or...

As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory

As June 5 approaches – and with it the one year anniversary of the first reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaks – the privacy community is calling supporters to...

Edward Snowden, the World’s “Most Wanted Criminal”

Noam Chomsky In the past several months, we have been provided with instructive lessons on the nature of state power and the forces that drive...

Snowden would be denied a fair trial in US

Pentagon Papers whistleblower says Snowden would be sent straight to solitary if he returned Sarah Lazare Renowned Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg slammed U.S. Secretary of...

Snowden, Brian Williams: staged amateur night for the suckers

Snowden, Brian Williams: staged amateur night for suckers by Jon Rappoport May 30, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com You could call it a completely incompetent interview, but Brian Williams is supposed to be incompetent. That’s his job. Don’t take a Snowden comment and drill down into it. Don’t connect dots. Don’t delve into Snowden’s history. Don’t ask serious […]

Snowden’s 9/11 comments that NBC dare not broadcast

​Only around a quarter of the recent NBC News interview with former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden made it to broadcast, but unaired excerpts now...

NBC Censors Snowden’s Critical 9/11 Comments

Statements made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the 9/11 terror attacks were edited out of his NBC Nightly News interview with Brian Williams...

Edward Snowden Speaks Out Against The War on Whistleblowers

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC an interview with Edward Snowden will be aired, his first with any US television station. In the exclusive...

June 5th is Coming: Actions on the Anniversary of the First Snowden Release

June 5, 2013 was when the world heard from Snowden. This year, it's your turn to speak out. On June 5th, 2013 the Guardian newspaper published the...

NSA collecting content of all phone calls in the Bahamas, according to Snowden leak

The United States National Security Agency is reportedly collecting the contents of effectively every phone call dialed or received within the Bahamas, putting the...

Looking Back One Year After the Edward Snowden Disclosures – An International Perspective

June 5th marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations—a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine....

Establishment Media Insists Al-Qaeda is on the Cutting Edge of Encryption Tech Because of...

The cave-based Muslim terrorists who supposedly changed the laws of physics on September 11, 2011 are out there on the forefront of encryption software...

US media steps up espionage slander against Edward Snowden

Barry Grey  RINF Alternative News As the one-year anniversary of the publication of the first of Edward Snowden’s revelations of massive and illegal government spying on...

The Snowden Saga Begins: “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and...

Glenn Greenwald On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was...

Failing the Edward Snowden Litmus Test

Allan Goldstein RINF Alternative News Ever since NSA's illegal spying was leaked, we are required to have an opinion about the leaker. Is Edward Snowden a...

Thanks to Snowden, House Moves Forward on Anti-Spying Legislation

Legislation to curb government surveillance moved forward in the House on Wednesday, a move cautiously welcomed by privacy advocates who say it's still lacking needed reforms. A...

Snowden, Poitras Awarded for ‘Truth-Telling’

Pair receives Ridenhour Prize for actions that 'sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance' Andrea Germanos National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker...

Germany Blocks Edward Snowden from Testifying in Person in NSA Inquiry

The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours...

DC Thinks It Can Silence a New Snowden, But the Anti-Leak Hypocrisy is Backfiring

After Edward Snowden caught the US government with its pants down, you would think the keepers of this country's secrets might stand up for...

Clapper Begs Students To Stop Thinking Of Ed Snowden As A Hero

Mike Masnick A few weeks back, I read a Washington Post story “Inside the admissions process at George Washington University” and noted this interesting tidbit towards the...

Pulitzer Prize awarded for Snowden exposures of NSA spying

Patrick Martin  RINF Alternative News Columbia University has given the most prestigious award in journalism, the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service, to the newspapers...

Metadata monitoring more intrusive than eavesdropping, Snowden and Greenwald warn

Whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald joined forces via video link at an Amnesty International event in the US to speak to a...

Snowden, Poitras to Receive ‘Truth-Telling’ Honor

2014 Ridenhour Prize given to whistleblower and journalist who first collaborated to break surveillance story Jacob Chamberlain  RINF Alternative News National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and...

New Snowden documents detail political and corporate espionage by US, UK

Thomas Gaist RINF Alternative News The US National Security Agency (NSA) and British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been engaged in aggressive surveillance operations against Germany’s...

Petitions for Snowden Encounter Officialdom in Washington

Former NSA Director Hayden Responds to News Conference State Department Rebuffs Effort to Deliver Petition Justice Department Accepts Documents With 100,000 Signers The Department of Justice accepted...

Idiot Congressman “Blames” Snowden For Russia’s Action In Ukraine

Mike Rogers is still willing to spread his stupidity to any new outlet that will have him. Despite the NSA and FBI being unable to...

The Snowden Effect

Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News Existence of NSA's bulk spying program was once a well-guarded secret, but now reforms of some kind seem inevitable Privacy advocates and...

Snowden Reveals Industrial Espionage Against China’s Huawei

Tom Carter  RINF Alternative News Documents released by National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and published in the New York Times over the weekend confirm that the...

On Edward Snowden: ‘Not Orwell, But Kafka’

NSA whistleblower's legal counsel talks about the future of our dragnet state Michael Winship and Ben Wizner On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at...

Snowden Leak: NSA Sees Erosion of Privacy Laws as Progress

Key decisions by secret court and executive orders hidden from public view welcomed by rapidly expanding National Security State Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News Since the attacks...

Snowden, Feinstein, CIA, NSA: the internal war

Snowden, Feinstein, CIA, NSA: the internal war by Jon Rappoport March 11, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, blows up. She claims the CIA made efforts to sabotage her Committee’s investigation of illegal CIA interrogation/torture of detainees. The CIA vehemently denies it did anything wrong. So a new front in […]

Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took...

Snowden’s testimony to European Parliament: “Billions of innocents” unlawfully spied upon

Robert Stevens  RINF Alternative News On Friday, the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee published the written testimony of US whistleblower and former National Security Agency (NSA)...

Is Edward Snowden lying?

Is Edward Snowden lying? by Jon Rappoport March 10, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com I’ve written several articles questioning Edward Snowden’s past history. (Full blog archive here.) Now, another serious point comes to light. Snowden claims he raised concerns about NSA spying more than 10 times before he went rogue with stolen files. Here is the quote from […]

Call For Snowden ‘Immunity’ Rises Ahead of Unique Appearance in US

NSA whistleblower will appear via videostream at SXSW conference as ACLU calls him 'Great American' Jon Queally RINF Alternative News Ahead of an appearance via teleconference...

Snowden documents show US, UK spy agencies infiltrate online groups

Nick Barrickman  RINF Alternative News British and US intelligence agencies are systematically employing deceptive tactics to monitor, manipulate and subvert the activities of individuals in various...

Chris Hedges: Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

Chris Hedges  RINF Alternative News Last Thursday Chris Hedges opened a team debate at the Oxford Union at Oxford University with this speech arguing in favor...

Ed Snowden, the NSA and the American Fear Mime

Herbert Calhoun RINF Alternative News This, book, "The Ed Snowden Files," is a story about what one American saw atop the tip of an iceberg...

Snowden Files Reveal How Agencies Spied on Whistle Blowing Site

Alex Kane  RINF Alternative News  The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has long been in the crosshairs of the U.S. government.  Now, more details exposed by The Intercept reveal that...

Over one million petition for Brazil to grant asylum to Snowden

Bill Van Auken RINF Alternative News Supporters of Edward Snowden have handed in to Brazil’s Foreign Ministry a petition signed by more than 1.1 million...

Polk Awards Go To Journalists Entrusted with Snowden NSA Docs

Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Barton Gellman receive prestigious award for revealing extent of secret US surveillance programs The four...

Snowden, Booz Hamilton, Carlyle, and the spider web

Snowden, Booz Hamilton, Carlyle, and the spider web by Jon Rappoport February 14, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Edward Snowden worked for Booz Hamilton, a private company, and was assigned by his employer to work at the NSA. The infamous Carlyle Group owns a majority stake in Booz Hamilton. Carlyle manages global assets of roughly $170 billion. The […]

European Parliament Kills Call to Protect Edward Snowden

Bill Van Auken  RINF Alternative News Under intense pressure from both the Obama administration and national governments in Europe, a committee of the European Parliament has...

Corporate media & political elite intensify Snowden smear campaign

Eric London  RINF Alternative News In the face of ongoing revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the political establishment is growing increasingly nervous about the popular opposition...

US steps-up threats against Snowden and journalists

Patrick Martin  RINF Alternative News Congressional leaders and representatives of the US military-intelligence apparatus have stepped up their threats against Edward Snowden and the journalists who...

Christie, Clapper and other Officials who should be in Jail instead of Snowden

Juan Cole  RINF Alternative News The vindictiveness toward Edward Snowden in official Washington has nothing to do with law-breaking and everything to do with the privileges...

Stunt: The Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives last summer

Stunt: The Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives last summer   by Jon Rappoport February 1, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com   Buffoonery at its finest.   Last summer, we now learn, The Guardian made a deal with the British government to grind down and drill holes in the hard drives of four laptops, under the watchful eyes of […]

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

Ed Hightower  RINF Alternative News In congressional hearings Wednesday, senior US government officials continued their defense of unconstitutional data collection programs and escalated the attack on...

Does Obama administration view journalists as Snowden’s “accomplices”? It seems so

Glenn Greenwald  RINF Alternative News James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, appeared today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, his first appearance since  outright lying to that...

Interview 813 — Jimenez, Secker, Corbett Roundtable on Snowden, James Bond

In this episode of the Jimenez-Secker-Corbett roundtable we focus on Edward Snowden. Whistleblower? Hero? FSB double-agent? CIA triple-agent? Also on the show, Tom Secker’s obsession with Ian Fleming and all things James Bond, a conspiracy of beards, and very little else! Enjoy.

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

Bill Van Auken  RINF Alternative News The former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appeared Sunday night in his first extended television interview. Citing published statements...

US officials “want to kill me,” warns Edward Snowden

Patrick Martin  RINF Alternative News In an interview broadcast Sunday night by the German public television network ARD, Edward Snowden warned that there were “significant threats”...

Snowden: NSA Involved in ‘Industrial Espionage’

In an exclusive television interview to air Sunday night, the NSA whistleblower speaks at length with German public broadcaster ARP TV Lauren McCauley  RINF Alternative News The...

Snowden defends his exposure of NSA’s mass spying in online chat

Ed Hightower  RINF Alternative News NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter. The questions ranged from the openly hostile...

“No way I can come home and make my case to a jury” –...

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Thursday that whistleblower protection laws in the United States are greatly flawed and in need of serious...

Snowden: If ‘Country Is Helped,’ Ending Up in Ditch ‘Worth It’

In New Yorker interview, NSA whistleblower says 'I acted alone' and calls spy accusations 'absurd' Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News Edward Snowden says that even if he...

Sunday talk shows: Snowden is a Russian agent

Sunday talk shows: Snowden is a Russian agent   by Jon Rappoport January 20, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com   This is how media propaganda is done. Outlets that are supposed to be coming to their own conclusions present the same story, as one united front.   “Everybody ready? Got your lines straight? We all agree? Both sides […]

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

Bill Van Auken  RINF Alternative News If anyone had any doubts about the real content of President Barack Obama’s “reform” of the National Security Agency’s massive...

Pentagon & NSA Officials say They Want Snowden Extrajudicially Assassinated

David Sirota  RINF Alternative News President Obama claims the right to extrajudicially execute American citizens, keeps a so-called “kill list,” and has bragged he’s “really good at killing people.”...

Snowden and the final purpose of the Surveillance State

Snowden and the final purpose of the Surveillance State by Jon Rappoport January 16, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com I’ve written much about Edward Snowden, his back-story, and the questions that surround him (full archive here). But here, I want to discuss the aftermath, because no matter how you view Snowden and what he has done, he is […]

Snowden to join Freedom of the Press Foundation board

Andrea Germanos  RINF Alternative News NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is joining the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), an organization founded...

The 36 mysterious days of Edward Snowden

The 36 mysterious days of Edward Snowden by Jon Rappoport January 15, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com First, a comment about the number of documents Snowden took from the NSA. Estimates have ranged from 20,000 to 1.2 million. Snowden explicitly stated he had vetted all of them, to make sure their release would aid transparency, his goal, rather […]

Snowden joins Ellsberg, Greenwald as newest Freedom of the Press Foundation board member

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will join the likes of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Glenn Greenwald on the executive board of...

Orwell, Snowden, and Privacy in Light of Ong’s Cultural History

Thomas James Farrell RINF Alternative News As everybody knows, George Orwell's 1948 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was a big success in the United States in the early years of the...

Obama’s NSA ‘Reform’ Plan: ‘No More Edward Snowdens’

(Image: castigated fish/ cc via Flickr)As President Obama puts the final touches on what is being billed as his "overhaul of the NSA," sources...

Secret Report Claims Snowden Aided Terrorists

Donn Marten  RINF Alternative News In the manner befitting the defenders of the NSA mass surveillance programs House Intelligence Committee head Mike Rogers has now accused...

Edward Snowden, v 1.0: NSA Whistleblower William Binney on Government Spying

Nick Gillespie & Amanda Winkler reason.comJanuary 11, 2014 “Where I see it going is toward a...

Interview 802 — James Corbett on the Snowden Saga, Fukushima, Saudi Arabia

James Corbett joins Jack Blood of DeadlineLive.info on the newly relaunched Jack Blood Show to discuss the NSA/Greenwald/Omidyar saga, Fukushima fearmongering and the potential for the fall of the House of Saud. The Jack Blood Show airs on The Micro Ef...

Snowden obtained nearly 2 million classified files in NSA leak — Pentagon report

Edward Snowden downloaded 1.7 million intelligence files from US agencies, the most secrets ever to be stolen from the US government in a single...

VIDEO: Secrets for Sale and The Snowden Affair — The Greenwald/Omidyar/NSA connection

TRANSCRIPT Despite what Time Magazine would have us believe, there is no doubt that the most influential newsmaker of the year has been Edward Snowden,...

As NSA Slammed, EU Panel Wants to Hear Directly from Snowden

A draft investigative report presented to the European Parliament legislative committee charged with investigating the scope and scale of surveillance by the US National...

James Woolsey Versus Edward Snowden

Christopher H. Pyle I was surfing channels the other night and came across former CIA director James Woolsey declaring, in high moral dudgeon, that NSA...

Snowden to expose US-Israel secrets

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden still has Å“very significant” secrets to reveal relating to Israel, says the investigative journalist who first published...

Glenn Greenwald: There are more Snowden documents on Israel

HaaretzJanuary 7, 2014 Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first published documents leaked by Edward Snowden that...

Sen. Schumer Is Completely Wrong; Snowden Would Be Barred From Arguing His Case At...

Trevor Timmtechdirt.comJanuary 7, 2013 It seems every week a new member of Congress goes on a...

Exonerate Edward Snowden Unconditionally!

Exonerate Edward Snowden Unconditionally!by Stephen LendmanIt's long past time to stop Obama's war on whistleblowers. It's time to hold him accountable for waging it.Whistleblowing is a national imperative. Exposing government wrongdoing is essential. ...

Rand Paul wants ‘light’ prison term for Snowden

United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) says he plans to sue the US government over the spy programs exposed by Edward Snowden, but in...

Dissecting Fred Kaplan’s Hit Piece on Edward Snowden

A column on why former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should not be granted clemency–and will not be given clemency–was written by Slate's...

It’s Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us

When you cut through the fog, the NSA controversy is about whether we should trust people with institutional power. Edward Snowden’s courageous exposure of...

Calls for Snowden Clemency Grow in Media

allgov.comJanuary 5, 2014 Major newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom have come out...

Rand Paul: James Clapper and Edward Snowden should ‘share a prison cell’ [VIDEO]

Brendan Bordelon Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul claimed it would be “enlightening” for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and intelligence...

Greenwald to Bolling: Gov’t Labels People Like Snowden ‘Traitors,’ History Calls Them ‘Patriots’

Josh Feldman Journalist Glenn Greenwald joined Eric Bolling onHannity Friday night to talk about the continuing debate over the NSA and Edward...

Interview 799 — Questioning the Snowden Story with Kevin Ryan

Today we are joined once again by Kevin Ryan of DigWithin.net to discuss his new article, "The Risks of Trusting the Snowden Story." We talk about the questions we should all be asking about the Snowden affair and the way it is being reported, and Ryan outlines the reasons that the documents should be released in their entirety.

Big Sis: No clemency for Edward Snowden

Justin SinkThe HillJanuary 4, 2013 Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday that she “would...

Ex-US official: Give Snowden clemency

The former State Department official tweeted she agreed with a New York Times editorial which called for clemency for Snowden.President Barack Obamaâ„¢s former top...

Crazed Hypocrite King Calls Snowden “Terrorist Appeaser”, Labels NY Times “An Accomplice”

Congressman openly supported IRA terrorists Steve WatsonInfowars.comJanuary 2, 2014 GOP Congressman Peter King, who openly expressed support...

Crazed Hypocrite King Calls Snowden “Terrorist Appeaser”, Labels NY Times “An Accomplice”

Congressman openly supported IRA terrorists Steve WatsonInfowars.comJanuary 2, 2014 GOP Congressman Peter King, who openly expressed support...

Snowden to Increase Public Profile in 2014

Edward Snowden (shown) isn't finished exposing damning details of the federal government's unconstitutional surveillance programs. In an article published in the Wall Street Journal, Benjamin...

Nation’s Major Paper Now Says Snowden’s a Hero

Dave Lindorff RINF Alternative News Let's start here by conceding that today's New York Times editorial saying that President Obama should “find a way to...

Newspapers urge US government to give clemency to Snowden

Two of the most widely-read newspapers on the planet are asking the United States government to give clemency to National Security Agency leaker Edward...

Papers urge Obama to help Snowden

The editorial boards of The New York Times and The Guardian have called on the administration of US President Barack Obama to allow American...

Cut a Deal for the Whistleblower: NYT Goes to Bat for Snowden

Taking a break from being a sometimes mouthpiece for the National Security Agency or acting in a too referential manner towards government claims, the...

Clues to Future Snowden Leaks Found In His Past

Washington's BlogJanuary 2, 2014 Only a tiny fraction of Snowden's documents have been published. What's still to...

The New York Times Tells Obama To Stop ‘Vilification’ Of Snowden Because He’s A...

PAUL SZOLDRABusiness InsiderJanuary 2, 2014 The New York Times Editorial Board is out with an opinion...

Snowden reveals Massive National Security Agency Hacking Uunit

The US National Security Agency (NSA) runs an Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO), described by Germany's Der Spiegel as the “NSA's top operative...

Inconsistencies and Unanswered Questions: The Risks of Trusting the Snowden Story

Last June, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian revealed that Edward Snowden was the NSA insider behind “one of the most significant leaks in US...

Eye-Openers: Snowden joins long list of persecuted whistleblowers

The person who arguably generated more global headlines than any other was a previously-unknown IT worker from the United States. While...

Patti Smith: Edward Snowden, Pussy Riot Speak ‘For All of Us’

Patti Smith performing at New York's Webster Hall on December 30, 2013. (Photo: Caryn Rose via jukeboxgraduate.com)Ringing in her 67th birthday at New York's...

Snowden reveals massive National Security Agency hacking unit

By Robert Stevens 31 December 2013 The US National Security Agency (NSA) runs an Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO), described by Germany's Der Spiegel as the...

Former CIA/NSA Head: NSA Is “Infinitely” Weaker As a Result of Snowden’s Leaks

Infowars.comDecember 30, 2013 From Slashdot: “The Huffington Post reports, ‘Michael Hayden, former director of the National...

Why Snowden Has Already Won

Edward Joseph Snowden, 30, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and the world's most ardent whistleblower, continues to be the bane of U.S. government...

Snowden hopes to return to US

Snowdenâ„¢s lawyer says he might deserve an amnesty. American whistleblower Edward Snowden hopes to return to the US months after disclosing classified information about National...

Lawmakers Blast Snowden’s Call to Stop Surveillance

Edward Snowden's recent TV appearance in which he called for a halt to widespread NSA surveillance got low grades Sunday from...

Edward Snowden is tech person of year

Edward Snowden says his "mission's already accomplished" after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of US surveillance policies.In the wake of the...

IT firms lose billions after NSA scandal exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden

Mikkel Stern-Peltz & Jim Armitage The NSA records practically everything you type on-line. The National Security Agency scandal exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden...

Snowden Says He “Won” Contest With Obama

After six months of silence, National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has begun speaking publicly about how he “won” a debate over massive...

Greenwald Responds to ‘Ludicrous’ Accusations Over Snowden

This is the best word to describe accusations that former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald is merely a "spokesman for Edward Snowden," so says the...

Edward Snowden: Power, Privacy and the Public Good

Colin Todhunter RINF Alternative News For many years in Britain, the Queen's Christmas Day message has been broadcast on TV and watched by millions across the...

Edward Snowden: Power, Privacy and the Public Good

For many years in Britain, the Queen's Christmas Day message has been broadcast on TV and watched by millions across the world. This year,...

Edward Snowden: Power, Privacy And The Public Good

Global Research 26/12/2013 and Countercurrents 27/12/2013

For many years in Britain, the Queen’s Christmas Day message has been broadcast on TV and watched by millions across the world. This year, the monarch discussed the birth of a new royal, the 60th anniversary of her being on the throne and took time to reflect on next year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland. While her anodyne annual Christmas message is eagerly watched by many Brits and is regarded as part and parcel of modern-day Christmas ‘tradition’, there are others who purposively avoid such pap.



Since 1993, Channel 4 in Britainhas broadcast an ‘alternative’ Christmas message, sometimes humorous, at other times serious. Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejadwas given the opportunity to convey his message in 2008. This year, it was the turn of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.



While a fossilized remnant of Empire delivered her message by a Christmas tree in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, Snowden’s setting was sober and devoid of the trappings of privilege or connotations of a violent colonial past. His message concerned the USand British governments’ mass surveillance and the erosion of personal privacy. He stated that a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all, and they will never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves - an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. This is because, according to Snowden, a system of worldwide mass surveillance has been created.



Snowden referred to George Orwell. He stated that Orwell warned us about the dangers of microphones, video cameras and TVs that watch us, but concluded that these are nothing compared to what is used to infringe our personal privacy today. Edward Snowden feels that privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.



Snowden finished his message by arguing that the conversation occurring today about mass surveillance will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it.



Back in June, British Foreign Secretary William Hague tried to dismiss Snowden and the concerns he was raising about mass surveillance by saying that if you are a law abiding citizen, going about your business and your personal life, you have nothing to fear. The message was clear: trust us, the government.

But why should we?



Stephen Lawrence was a young black man who was lawfully ‘going about his business’ in London during April 1993. White racists murdered him while he was waiting for a bus. Four London Metropolitan police officers were deployed to spy on the Lawrence family and Stephen’s friends.

The 
Lawrence family were just ‘law-abiding citizens going about their business’. Undercover police were used to smear the Lawrence family’s fight for justice. Also in Britain, there are the numerous publicized cases of the police and/or intelligence agencies infiltrating legitimate campaign and protest groups and ‘investigating’ political parties or prominent figures in order to subvert or discredit them. Let us not forget too the massive police cover ups, perhaps none more bigger than the ‘Hillsborough case’, where the police lied for two decades in an attempt to blame totally innocent football supporters for 96 deaths in order to hide their own incompetence, negligence and guilt.



Notwithstanding the lies, disinformation and misinformation used to elicit the public’s support for illegal military campaigns in the likes of Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya, only the foolish (or the ignorant) would eagerly place their trust in officialdom and believe that we have ‘nothing to fear’ from it.



Much of the illegal surveillance exposed by Snowden is spuriously justified by the likes of William Hague on the basis of the bogus ‘war on terror’ in a futile attempt to stop any discussion on surveillance in its tracks. However, ordinary people need to turn the tables by holding the powerful to account. It should not be the case of them stripping away our privacy. We need to strip away their secrecy and privacy, not to blithely acquiesce to their needs as Hague advocates.



We need to do this to help guarantee our safety, our privacy, our freedoms and threats to democracy. We need greater transparency within government to ensure decisions are properly scrutinized and genuinely open to pubic debate. In the absence of this, we have free trade deals being hammered out behind closed doors and the revolving door between government and big business, which makes a complete mockery of the term ‘democracy’.



In the absence of genuine democracy, we have food safety/regulation authorities being hijacked by corporate interests. We have armaments companies using politicians as their sales lackeys.

We have police and intelligence agencies infiltrating and harassing legitimate groups that have every right to protest. And we have a wide range of powerful players that buy political influence, manipulate markets, impose ‘austerity’ and salt away their stolen wealth in tax havens.



The reality is that ‘public servants’ fool us into thinking they serve us, while all the time bowing down to elite interests. We are told that the ‘fourth estate’ mainstream media, the self-proclaimed protector of democracy, is credible even though it largely serves a corporate agenda.

A media that too often has little to say about exposing the privacy surrounding the back room stitch ups which take place in banks, boardrooms and the corridors of power - because it involves ‘sensitive’ information; but a media that is readily on hand to support policies that result in the curtailment of the privacy and freedoms of ordinary folk – because its for our own good.



If Edward Snowden and Julian Assange have shown us anything, it is that the official line can never and should never be taken at face value. It is for that reason that Assange remains incarcerated in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and Snowden remains exiled in Moscow.




Snowden says that privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be. Ultimately, as the Lawrence family and many others already know, it affords us the autonomy to hold power to account.

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Mission Accomplished, Says Snowden

Mission Accomplished, Says Snowden

by Stephen Lendman

On December 23, he told the Washington Post:

"For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won." 

"As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself."

"All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals."

WaPo called Snowden "an orderly thinker, with an engineer's approach to problem-solving."

"He had come to believe that a dangerous machine of mass surveillance was growing unchecked."

Woefully inadequate congressional oversight and rubber-stamp FISA court rulings reflect a "graveyard of judgment," he said. 

NSA's business is "information dominance," he stressed. He didn't know if others would share his views.

"But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act, you realize that some analysis is better than" none, he said. 

"Because even if your analysis proves to be wrong, the marketplace of ideas will bear that out." 

"If you look at it from an engineering perspective, an iterative perspective, it's clear that you have to try something rather than do nothing."

He succeeded beyond anything he could have imagined. He captured world attention. Millions consider him heroic. There's no turning back now.

On June 22, a Justice Department criminal complaint charged him with espionage and felony theft of government property.

He signed NSA's Standard Form 312. He called it a civil contract. "The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy," he said.

"This is an oath to the Constitution. That is the oath that I kept that (NSA chief) Keith Alexander and (Director of National Intelligence) James Clapper did not."

He's irresponsibly accused of disloyalty. "I am not trying to bring down the NSA," he stressed.

"I am working to improve" it. "I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realize it."

"The system failed comprehensively, and each level of oversight, each level of responsibility that should have addressed this, abdicated their responsibility," he said.

Some of his NSA colleagues feel the same way. They were "astonished to learn we are collecting more in the United States on Americans than we are on Russians in Russia."

"What the government wants is something they never had before," he stressed.

"They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing?" Does Washington have the right to invade everyone's privacy?

Should NSA be permitted to eliminate private spaces altogether? Do rule of law principles no longer matter? Is freedom a convenient illusion?

Snowden dismisses disloyalty accusations. He didn't pass on state secrets to Russia and China, he stressed.

"If I defected at all," he said, "I defected from the government to the public."

It bears repeating. Millions call him a hero. He connected important dots. He's the gift that keeps on giving. 

On December 20, Der Spiegel reported more. It headlined "How GCHQ Monitors Germany, Israel and the EU," saying:

Snowden documents "show that Britain's GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) signals intelligence has targeted European, German and Israeli politicians for surveillance."

Suspicions surfaced last summer, said Der Spiegel. Snowden documents confirm them. They provide "concrete evidence."

GCHQ and NSA operate jointly. They target UNICEF and other UN organizations. Medecins du Monde is a French organization. It sends doctors and other medical professions to conflict zones.

It's on NSA/GCHQ's target list. So is Economic Community of West African States' (ECOWAS) head Kadre Desire Ouedraogo. Communications with his colleagues are monitored.

Targeting Angela Merkel, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, and other world leaders was disclosed earlier. New revelations show Israeli officials are watched.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was targeted. So was former Defense Secretary Ehud Barak and his chief of staff, Yoni Koren. More on surveilling Israel below.

European Commission Vice President Joaquin Almunia's name showed up on NSA/GCHQ's target list.

Last October, UK Prime Minister David Cameron endorsed an EU statement. It condemned NSA/GCHQ spying on world leaders. 

He did so knowing it was ongoing at the time. He lied claiming opposition. He could stop it through parliamentary action. Legislation could declare it illegal.

Political Britain is in bed with GCHQ the way Washington endorses unconstitutional NSA spying.

Disclosures show both agencies are rogue operations. They go way beyond what's lawful. They do it with impunity.

Snowden documents provide no insight into why organizations and individuals unrelated to national security are targeted. 

He called doing so NSA's "total awareness" obsession. It wants privacy entirely eliminated. It wants the ability to monitor everyone, everywhere, at all times. It wants no one escaping its dragnet.

US law prohibits economic spying. NSA does it anyway. 

Under Britain's Intelligence and Security Act, GCHQ may work "in the interests of national security, with particular reference to the defence and foreign policies of Her Majesty's government; in the interests of the economic wellbeing of the United Kingdom; and in support of the prevention and the detection of serious crime."

Critics raise serious questions. National security is left undefined. So is protecting economic well-being beyond helping UK companies defend themselves against intellectual property theft or cyber-attacks.

Earlier Snowden documents showed NSA and GCHQ conduct industrial espionage. They do so for economic advantage. They do it illegally. They do it anyway. They do it with impunity.

When questioned, both agencies lie. They claim they operate lawfully. Clear evidence proves otherwise.

Documents show NSA/GCHQ spying is remarkably comprehensive. No government or other officials of interest are left behind. Ordinary people are mass surveilled. 

According to Der Spiegel:

"In addition to many political and 'diplomatic targets,' (target) lists contain African leaders, their family members, ambassadors and businesspeople." 

"They also include representatives of international organizations, such as those of United Nations agencies like the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)." 

"A noticeably large number of diplomatic missions to the United Nations in Geneva are also listed."

"Even non-governmental organizations like Doctors of the World (Medicins du Monde) appear on the British intelligence agency lists, along with a representative of the Swiss IdeasCentre and others." 

"Individual companies can also be found on the list, especially in the fields of telecommunications and banking." 

"The partly government-owned French defense contractor Thales, along with Paris-based energy giant Total, is also mentioned."

NSA and GCHQ constantly search for new targets. They want nothing of potential importance escaping their dragnet.

Netanyahu criticized NSA spying on Israel, saying:

"With regard to things published in the past few days, I have asked for an examination of the matter."

"In the close ties between Israel and the United States, there are certain things friends mustn't do to each other." They're "not acceptable to us." 

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said he assumes it's spied on by allies. He stopped short of admitting Israel's extensive spying operation.

Israeli MK Nachman Shai lied saying:

"Israel is a friendly state to the US." (It) stopped all espionage" on America 30 years ago.

False! Israel spies aggressively. It does so on all allies. In 2011, former CIA counterintelligence specialist/military intelligence officer Philip Giraldi said Israel steals everything it gets its hands on. It includes military and industrial secrets.

"The reality of Israeli spying is indisputable. (It) always features prominently in annual FBI reports."

Washington's Government Accountability Office (GAO) said Israel "conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any US ally."

The Pentagon accused Israel of "actively engag(ing) in military and industrial espionage in the United States." 

"An Israeli citizen working in the US who has access to proprietary information is likely to be a target of such espionage."

FBI whistleblower John Cole said Justice Department officials ordered dozens of Israeli espionage cases dropped. At issue was political pressure.

Despite longstanding ties, "US national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat," he added.

The CIA considers Israel its main Middle East counterintelligence threat. Its operations are highly sophisticated. 

Netanyahu claiming allies don't spy on us doesn't wash. Israel violates fundamental rule of law principles. It does so as egregiously as America.

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. So does Netanyahu. Both leaders threaten world peace and security. Lawless spying reflects the tip of their rogue governance.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Edward Snowden says there is no chance of leaked NSA documents falling into the hands of Russian or Chinese officials. (Photograph: AP)"There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents.”

That's what NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, referring to a huge trove of classified files he has made available to select journalists in the name of the "public interest," told the New York Times during an online interview that took place this month and was published late Thursday.

Acccording to the exchange, which was carried out over encrypted email, Snowden says that he relinquished his own copies of the NSA documents before he left Hong Kong for China back in June.

“If the highest officials in government can break the law without fearing punishment or even any repercussions at all, secret powers become tremendously dangerous.” –Edward Snowden

“What would be the unique value of personally carrying another copy of the materials onward?” he said to the Times.

Whether or not Snowden's efforts to evade capture and imprisonment by the U.S. government had resulted in either the Russian or Chinese intelligence services obtaining the files has been a point of contention since he first went public as the source of the files, but this is the first time he has explain the confidence with which he asserts that the files have not been compromised.

According to the Times:

American intelligence officials have expressed grave concern that the files might have fallen into the hands of foreign intelligence services, but Mr. Snowden said he believed that the N.S.A. knew he had not cooperated with the Russians or the Chinese. He said he was publicly revealing that he no longer had any agency documents to explain why he was confident that Russia had not gained access to them. He had been reluctant to disclose that information previously, he said, for fear of exposing the journalists to greater scrutiny.

In a wide-ranging interview over several days in the last week, Mr. Snowden offered detailed responses to accusations that have been leveled against him by American officials and other critics, provided new insights into why he became disillusioned with the N.S.A. and decided to disclose the documents, and talked about the international debate over surveillance that resulted from the revelations.

Among the various topics covered in the interview, Snowden speaks specifically to the argument made by some that he could have played the role of whistleblower by following internal protocols and making his concerns known to his superiors at the NSA. According to Snowden, those complaints would have go nowhere fast. Again, from the Times:

Mr. Snowden added that inside the spy agency “there’s a lot of dissent — palpable with some, even.” But he said that people were kept in line through “fear and a false image of patriotism,” which he described as “obedience to authority.”

He said he believed that if he tried to question the N.S.A.’s surveillance operations as an insider, his efforts “would have been buried forever,” and he would “have been discredited and ruined.” He said that “the system does not work,” adding that “you have to report wrongdoing to those most responsible for it.”

Mr. Snowden said he finally decided to act when he discovered a copy of a classified 2009 inspector general’s report on the N.S.A.’s warrantless wiretapping program during the Bush administration. He said he found the document through a “dirty word search,” which he described as an effort by a systems administrator to check a computer system for things that should not be there in order to delete them and sanitize the system.

“It was too highly classified to be where it was,” he said of the report. He opened the document to make certain that it did not belong there, and after he saw what it revealed, “curiosity prevailed,” he said.

After reading about the program, which skirted the existing surveillance laws, he concluded that it had been illegal, he said. “If the highest officials in government can break the law without fearing punishment or even any repercussions at all,” he said, “secret powers become tremendously dangerous.”

He would not say exactly when he read the report, or discuss the timing of his subsequent actions to collect N.S.A. documents in order to leak them. But he said that reading the report helped crystallize his decision. “You can’t read something like that and not realize what it means for all of these systems we have,” he said.

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Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour...

Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations

 

By Chris Marsden
18 October 2013

Britain’s Guardian newspaper is facing an investigation by at least one parliamentary committee, in line with demands made by Prime Minister David Cameron, concerning the exposures of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Accompanied with calls for criminal prosecutions and assertions of the newspaper’s having compromised national security, the move is a major escalation in the witch-hunt and clampdown launched in response to Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance programmes operated by the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

On Wednesday, Cameron told parliament, “I think the plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security, and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and Cabinet Secretary [Sir Jeremy Heywood] to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

“So they know that what they are dealing with is dangerous for national security.”

The prime minister supported calls for a full parliamentary inquiry to determine whether the Guardian broke the law by printing Snowden’s revelations.

Cameron’s claim is as barefaced a lie as it is a reactionary move.

In June, according to Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, he and other Guardian journalists were threatened with legal action and forced to destroy hard drives containing material from Snowden when “a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister” made “an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.”

According to Rusbridger, “two GCHQ security experts” oversaw the destruction. Now, Cameron cites the newspaper’s response to the government’s threats as proof of its guilt!

A spokesman for Guardian News and Media issued a statement declaring, “The prime minister is wrong to say the Guardian destroyed computer files because we agreed our reporting was damaging. We destroyed the computers because the government said it would use the full force of the law to prevent a newspaper from publishing anything about the NSA or GCHQ.”

Cameron made his statement in response to a question from former defence secretary Dr, Liam Fox, who asked for a “full and transparent assessment about whether the Guardian s involvement in the Snowden affair has damaged Britain’s national security.” Making clear he was seeking criminal charges, Fox said it was “bizarre” that that people alleged to have taken part in newspaper phone hacking have been prosecuted, while people who leave security personnel “more vulnerable” have not.

Tory backbencher Julian Smith has been granted a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall next Tuesday over the publishing of the top-secret documents. He earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police calling for the Guardian to be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act and the Terrorism Act 2000. He said he would use the debate to “lay out the reasons why I believe that the Guardian has crossed the line between responsible journalism and seriously risking our national security and the lives of those who seek to protect us.”

The Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has already aligned himself with the moves against the Guardian, declaring that Snowden’s leaks have “gifted” terrorists with the ability to attack Britain. The calls for repression are being made in conjunction with the Security services. New head of MI5 Andrew Parker described leaks about the Prism and Tempora programmes as handing “the advantage to the terrorists. It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will.”

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.

Following the debate in parliament, Fox wrote to the chairmen of five Commons select committees urging them to carry out an investigation into the Guardian ’s “reckless and potentially dangerous conduct.”

“A free press does not mean the freedom to make the UK, its people or its allies more vulnerable to serious organised crime or terrorism. I am writing to formally request, as both a Member of Parliament and a former Security of State for Defence, that your committee considers the elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

The first response came from Labour’s Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.

Within hours, Vaz said he would look into “elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

“I will be writing to assure Dr. Fox that the committee is currently conducting an inquiry into counter-terrorism and we will be looking at this matter as part of it.”

The other committee heads petitioned by Fox are Sir Malcolm Rifkind of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), John Arbuthnot of the Defence Committee, Richard Ottaway at Foreign Affairs and Sir Alan Beith of the Liaison Select Committee.

The ISC is presently making a pose of investigating the extent of mass surveillance carried out by the GCHQ and NSA in an inquiry launched yesterday. It has been heavily criticised for its cosy relationship with the security services, forcing Rifkind to issue platitudes such as the need to strike a “balance” between “our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security.”

The committee is now supposed to determine whether the intelligence laws are “fit for purpose”.

The move by the Home Affairs Committee to investigate the Guardian for possible criminal action cuts through such a pose of impartiality.

The entire machinery of parliament and its parties are being lined up in defence of the secret state apparatus, beginning with a clampdown on press freedom. Its implications for democratic rights are chilling. The Guardian is being targeted for revealing criminal actions by the secret services targeting every man, woman, and child in the UK and internationally for unwarranted state surveillance. This is done without legal justification or even official sanction by parliament. This demonstrates that the United Kingdom has gone far down the road to a de facto police state. It testifies to the extraordinary political and moral decay of a ruling elite poisoned by wealth, which lives in mortal fear of the millions below them being plunged ever deeper into hardship and poverty.

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Guardian faces parliamentary investigation over Snowden revelations

 

By Chris Marsden
18 October 2013

Britain’s Guardian newspaper is facing an investigation by at least one parliamentary committee, in line with demands made by Prime Minister David Cameron, concerning the exposures of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower from America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

Accompanied with calls for criminal prosecutions and assertions of the newspaper’s having compromised national security, the move is a major escalation in the witch-hunt and clampdown launched in response to Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance programmes operated by the NSA and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

On Wednesday, Cameron told parliament, “I think the plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security, and in many ways the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security adviser and Cabinet Secretary [Sir Jeremy Heywood] to destroy the files they had, they went ahead and destroyed those files.

“So they know that what they are dealing with is dangerous for national security.”

The prime minister supported calls for a full parliamentary inquiry to determine whether the Guardian broke the law by printing Snowden’s revelations.

Cameron’s claim is as barefaced a lie as it is a reactionary move.

In June, according to Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger, he and other Guardian journalists were threatened with legal action and forced to destroy hard drives containing material from Snowden when “a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister” made “an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.”

According to Rusbridger, “two GCHQ security experts” oversaw the destruction. Now, Cameron cites the newspaper’s response to the government’s threats as proof of its guilt!

A spokesman for Guardian News and Media issued a statement declaring, “The prime minister is wrong to say the Guardian destroyed computer files because we agreed our reporting was damaging. We destroyed the computers because the government said it would use the full force of the law to prevent a newspaper from publishing anything about the NSA or GCHQ.”

Cameron made his statement in response to a question from former defence secretary Dr, Liam Fox, who asked for a “full and transparent assessment about whether the Guardian s involvement in the Snowden affair has damaged Britain’s national security.” Making clear he was seeking criminal charges, Fox said it was “bizarre” that that people alleged to have taken part in newspaper phone hacking have been prosecuted, while people who leave security personnel “more vulnerable” have not.

Tory backbencher Julian Smith has been granted a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall next Tuesday over the publishing of the top-secret documents. He earlier wrote to the Metropolitan Police calling for the Guardian to be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act and the Terrorism Act 2000. He said he would use the debate to “lay out the reasons why I believe that the Guardian has crossed the line between responsible journalism and seriously risking our national security and the lives of those who seek to protect us.”

The Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has already aligned himself with the moves against the Guardian, declaring that Snowden’s leaks have “gifted” terrorists with the ability to attack Britain. The calls for repression are being made in conjunction with the Security services. New head of MI5 Andrew Parker described leaks about the Prism and Tempora programmes as handing “the advantage to the terrorists. It is the gift they need to evade us and strike at will.”

The most significant support for state persecution of journalists, newspapers and whistleblowers such as Snowden again comes from the nominal “parliamentary opposition”, the Labour Party.

Following the debate in parliament, Fox wrote to the chairmen of five Commons select committees urging them to carry out an investigation into the Guardian ’s “reckless and potentially dangerous conduct.”

“A free press does not mean the freedom to make the UK, its people or its allies more vulnerable to serious organised crime or terrorism. I am writing to formally request, as both a Member of Parliament and a former Security of State for Defence, that your committee considers the elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

The first response came from Labour’s Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee.

Within hours, Vaz said he would look into “elements of the Guardian s involvement in, and publication of, the Snowden leaks.”

“I will be writing to assure Dr. Fox that the committee is currently conducting an inquiry into counter-terrorism and we will be looking at this matter as part of it.”

The other committee heads petitioned by Fox are Sir Malcolm Rifkind of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), John Arbuthnot of the Defence Committee, Richard Ottaway at Foreign Affairs and Sir Alan Beith of the Liaison Select Committee.

The ISC is presently making a pose of investigating the extent of mass surveillance carried out by the GCHQ and NSA in an inquiry launched yesterday. It has been heavily criticised for its cosy relationship with the security services, forcing Rifkind to issue platitudes such as the need to strike a “balance” between “our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security.”

The committee is now supposed to determine whether the intelligence laws are “fit for purpose”.

The move by the Home Affairs Committee to investigate the Guardian for possible criminal action cuts through such a pose of impartiality.

The entire machinery of parliament and its parties are being lined up in defence of the secret state apparatus, beginning with a clampdown on press freedom. Its implications for democratic rights are chilling. The Guardian is being targeted for revealing criminal actions by the secret services targeting every man, woman, and child in the UK and internationally for unwarranted state surveillance. This is done without legal justification or even official sanction by parliament. This demonstrates that the United Kingdom has gone far down the road to a de facto police state. It testifies to the extraordinary political and moral decay of a ruling elite poisoned by wealth, which lives in mortal fear of the millions below them being plunged ever deeper into hardship and poverty.

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Snowdened? Top NSA Officials to Leave Spy Agency Posts

Keith Alexander (Getty Images)Director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, will step down from his post in the coming months, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.

Alexander, who as head of the NSA has guided the agency's controversial dragnet spying programs in recent years, has formalized plans to leave by next April at the latest, Reuters reports Thursday.

Likewise, Alexander's deputy, John Inglis, is due to retire by the end of the year, according to U.S. officials.

"This has nothing to do with media leaks," NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told Reuters. "The decision for his retirement was made prior; an agreement was made with the (Secretary of Defense) and the Chairman for one more year - to March 2014."

That may or may not be so, according to observers, but the real issue is whether or not either official—or anyone ever—will be held accountable for the controversial behavior of the spy agency in recent years.

As chief of the nation's largest and most secretive intelligence agency—sometimes referred to as the "No Such Agency"— Alexander had largely escaped media attention until this year's explosive revelations made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The leaked details of numerous NSA programs put Alexander—and the testimony he offered in front of a series of public congressional hearings—at the center of the global media debate about the legally suspect surveillance operations of the U.S. government.

Mike Masnick, editor at TechDirt, concedes that the departures were likely planned, but doesn't necessarily think that's a good thing.

That Alexander and Inglis weren't forced out by the Snowden revelations, Masnick says, "is unfortunate, as it really does seem like there should be some punishment for the widespread excesses and abuses that have been revealed by Snowden."

Despite widespread anger over the revelations that the NSA has been spying on innocent people in the U.S. and around the world, Alexander has continuously defended the NSA's tactics.

Asked whether the National Security Agency should collect all communications of U.S. residents at a recent Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Alexander replied, "I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone records into a lock-box – yes."

Alexander's approach to to his job was recently described in a Foreign Policy exposé as an "all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine." And Alexander's peers see him as a "cowboy willing to play fast and loose with legal limits in order to construct a system of ubiquitous surveillance," as former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who broke the Snowden leaks, summarized.

Upon hearing of Alexander's departure, Greenwald tweeted:

As for who should replace Alexander, Masnick argued there was at least an opportunity for President Obama to make a change at the agency that could make amends for some of the agency's worst proclivities under current leadership.

"It seems unlikely that this will happen," he said, "but the President has said that he wants to rebuild the trust of Americans in the NSA and the wider intelligence community, and the choices he makes for who will lead the NSA are a real opportunity to at least take a step in that direction. No one actually expects him to, say, pick a civil liberties activist, but there are people out there who have experience in the intelligence community and who also have shown a respect and appreciation for privacy and civil liberties. Furthermore, finding someone who can present the case for reform -- one which recognizes that "collect it all" is not just bad policy, but bad for actually finding useful information -- would be a big step forward."

According to Reuters, however, one of the top officials now under consideration is Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, currently serving as commander of the U.S. Navy's 10th Fleet and U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and described by one unnamed official as someone very "well thought of" by those in the military's cyber-warfare and "information dominance" circles.

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