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Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

30-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

Snowden film Citizenfour set for Hong Kong premiere in May

The film Citizenfour will open in Yau Ma Tei. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The Oscar-winning documentary set in Hong Kong during one of the biggest security leaks in United States history will premiere in a Yau Ma Tei cinema in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015, 9:40am

NSA considered ditching tracking Americans’ phone records before Snowden revelations

Responding to widespread criticism, US President Barack Obama proposed last year that the NSA stop collecting the records, but instead request them when needed in terrorism investigations from telephone companies, which tend to keep them for 18 months. Photo: Reuters

The US National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret programme to collect and store American phone records in the months before Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials said, because some officials had believed that the costs outweighed the meagre counterterrorism benefits.

30 Mar 2015 - 10:50pm

How Oliver Stone is tackling the Edward Snowden story

Edward Snowden (left) with Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour. Photo: AP

Depending on your point of view, Edward Snowden is either a dangerous traitor or a laudable hero.

21 Mar 2015 - 10:57pm

CIA tried cracking Apple's phones and tablets from start, Snowden files show

The CIA tried to break into iPads after their launch in 2010.

CIA researchers have worked for nearly a decade to break the security protecting Apple phones and tablets, investigative news site The Intercept reported yesterday, citing documents obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

11 Mar 2015 - 8:11am 1 comment

Technology leaders say ‘no comment’ on US-China relations amid trade war fears

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:53am 1 comment

Oscar-winning Edward Snowden film awaits local release

Laura Poitras says she will release more Hong Kong footage.

Cinema-goers will see their city like never before when the Oscar-winning fly-on-the-wall documentary about Edward Snowden is shown in Hong Kong, after a local distributor confirmed it had acquired the film.

25 Feb 2015 - 5:05am 1 comment

Oscar goes to Snowden documentary ‘Citizenfour’ with Hong Kong in starring role

Edward Snowden (left) appears with Glenn Greenwald in a scene from Citizenfour. Photo: AP

Laura Poitras’ film documents her initial meeting in Hong Kong with Snowden, as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald.

24 Feb 2015 - 1:40pm 5 comments

NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with NSA, hacked into the networks of Dutch company Gemalto to steal codes.

Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide.

20 Feb 2015 - 6:29am 1 comment

Snowden filmmaker Poitras says Hong Kong meeting turned life into a spy novel

Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras appear in a video link. Photo: AFP

Laura Poitras described the time she spent with the American whistle-blower in Hong Kong in 2013 as the most risky period of the saga.

15 Feb 2015 - 8:29am 1 comment

The numbers game: mathematicians and NSA

Illustration: Brian Wang

Snowden's revelations unsettled many mathematicians - but not enough to sever ties with NSA.

13 Feb 2015 - 3:39am

China dismisses accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as ‘groundless’

The first US Air Force F-35A Lightning II is unveiled at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. Photo: AP

China dismissed accusations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as groundless on Monday, after documents leaked by Edward Snowden on a cyber attack were published by a German magazine.

20 Jan 2015 - 1:50pm 15 comments

'Russia's great' and I am sober, Snowden says about his life in the country

Edward Snowden says he is happy with life in Russia. Photo: AP

Edward Snowden would like everyone - especially his critics - to know that he is happy with life in Russia. Happy and also sober.

11 Jan 2015 - 6:28am 2 comments

NSA executives objected to programme before Edward Snowden’s disclosures

Edward Snowden (left) had been working as a contract computer analyst at the NSA. Keith Alexander (right), former director of the US National Security Administration. Photos: Bloomberg, AP

Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the NSA had been secretly collecting US telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections about the programme.

20 Nov 2014 - 11:17pm 2 comments

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone film

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 33, will play Edward Snowden in an as-yet-untitled film about the former NSA contractor. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Don Jon star will play former NSA contractor who blew the whistle on the US government’s mass surveillance programmes, the film’s backers said.

11 Nov 2014 - 7:21pm

‘Secure’ al-Qaeda browser shows how terrorists are ramping up data defences since Snowden leaks

Supporters of the Pakistani Taliban burn a US flag during a protest in May 2014 on the third anniversary of the death of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Photo: AFP

Terrorist and militant groups including al-Qaeda have drastically improved their data security and encryption methods in the year since Edward Snowden’s revelations about US government spying, experts say.

6 Nov 2014 - 5:44pm 1 comment