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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

Edward Snowden defends his TV question to President Putin on surveillance

Edward Snowden has defended his decision to appear on live Russian television, insisting his question to Vladimir Putin on mass surveillance was designed to hold the Russian president accountable and not, as critics have suggested, an act of compliant propaganda.

Saturday, 19 April, 2014, 1:24am

Guardian, Washington Post share Pulitzer for Snowden exposé stories

The Guardian and The Washington Post shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on leaks from former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that revealed a global surveillance network monitoring millions of Americans and foreigners.

15 Apr 2014 - 9:25pm

Edward Snowden reporters Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras back in US

Two reporters central to revealing the massive US government surveillance effort returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source: Edward Snowden.

13 Apr 2014 - 6:00am

NSA snoops on major human rights groups, Edward Snowden says

The US has targeted prominent human rights organisations and spied on their staff, Edward Snowden said, in giving evidence to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.

9 Apr 2014 - 10:52pm

US data smuggled by Snowden is 'in Russian hands', say US lawmakers

Much of the classified data smuggled out of the United States last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, US lawmakers warned.

27 Mar 2014 - 5:45am

'So much data that we don't know what to do with it': NSA 'spied on Chinese telecom giant Huawei'

Chinese telecommunications and internet company Huawei defended its independence yesterday and said it would condemn any infiltration of its servers by the US National Security Agency if reports of such activities by the NSA were true.

24 Mar 2014 - 8:04am 6 comments

Google’s Larry Page says US online spying threatens democracy

Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday condemned US government snooping on the Internet as a threat to democracy.

20 Mar 2014 - 5:53pm

Edward Snowden appears as a robot and promises further revelations

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has emerged from his Russian exile in the form of a remotely controlled robot to promise more sensational revelations about US spying programmes.

19 Mar 2014 - 9:37pm

Herbert Yardley and Edward Snowden highlight ironies of United States snooping history

In 1929, the US government fired a young, talented intelligence officer who institutionalised America's first permanent agency to intercept foreign messages and break into their classified information. 

17 Mar 2014 - 7:06am 1 comment

NSA posed as Facebook to infect computers with malware, says report

The United States' National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect computers with malware since 2010, with the agency at times pretending to be Facebook to install its spying tools.

14 Mar 2014 - 4:01am