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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

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.

Tuesday, 20 January, 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

Snowden leaks: Reporter Ewen MacAskill's part in story of a lifetime

Ewen MacAskill helped break the Edward Snowden stories that exposed mass surveillance by intelligence agencies. Photo: Edward Wong

He has almost been killed for stories that "ended up on page 17", but it was only when Ewen MacAskill was assigned to what he thought was a run-of-the-mill assignment that he became part of an international story that has grabbed headlines.

2 Nov 2014 - 6:08am 2 comments

FBI net closing on 'Edward Snowden-style' leaker of terror watch-lists

Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald. Photo: AP

The net is closing on a second "Edward Snowden-style" whistle-blower who has reportedly been identified by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, it emerged.

30 Oct 2014 - 8:18am 1 comment

Snowden made the world less naïve, say Pulitzer-winning journalists who broke his story

"Last year, I think the news was the [US National Security Agency] surveillance itself. I think going forward, the story to some extent is how different countries deal with that, and how it affects the way the United States relates with other countries," said Anne Kornblut. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Visiting Hong Kong nearly 18 months since former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden hid out in the city after leaking information about government spying, two reporters who won Pulitzer prizes for helping identify him and tell his story said his revelations had made the world shed its naivete.

29 Oct 2014 - 8:16am

Snowden has left us all better informed - that's heroic to me

Edward Snowden's story is of inherent interest to people everywhere.

There's a fine line between being a hero and a traitor. Whether Edward Snowden is one or the other depends very much on your nationality and where you live around the globe.

18 Oct 2014 - 4:46am 3 comments

Snowden film director Laura Poitras wants Hong Kong release for Citizenfour

Snowden film director Laura Poitras wants Hong Kong release for Citizenfour

The director of a documentary on Edward Snowden wants the film to eventually make it to Hong Kong's cinema screens.

13 Oct 2014 - 6:02pm 2 comments

Hong Kong in cinema spotlight in documentary on Edward Snowden

Citizenfour also has scenes of Edward Snowden in his Moscow apartment. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong takes centre stage in a new documentary about US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, with scenes showing the moments before he is whisked away from his hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui to go into hiding.

13 Oct 2014 - 6:01pm 13 comments

France gets serious over 'Snowden syndrome' and cybersecurity

Under the new law, the French government will require that the 200 entities most vital to the country's economy, such as power provider Electricite de France, boost security using home-grown technology and experts, or risk being fined. Photo: AFP

Brittany in northwest France is best known for its crepes and apple cider. This weekend, it also became the site of the biggest cyberattack in French history.

7 Oct 2014 - 4:35am

Edward Snowden wins 'alternative Nobel' prize

Edward Snowden wins the Right Livelihood Award. Photo: Reuters

Edward Snowden was among the winners of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel", for his disclosures of top-secret surveillance programmes.

25 Sep 2014 - 4:48am

Switzerland flags 'safe passage' for Edward Snowden to spying inquiry

Prosecutors said Snowden was unlikely to be granted asylum in Switzerland because he was given a three-year residency in Russia last month. Photo: AFP

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into US spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said.

17 Sep 2014 - 3:43am

US intelligence agencies could spy on behalf of corporations: Edward Snowden leak

A man holds a placard with a portrait of Edward Snowden during a "Freedom instead of Fear" protest calling for the protection of digital data privacy and the reigning in of digital surveillance practices, in Berlin on August 30, 2014. Photo: Reuters

The US intelligence services may one day spy for American companies if their foreign competitors' technological capacity 'outstrips that of US corporations'.

9 Sep 2014 - 11:06am 2 comments