Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

31-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

‘Highly collaborative’: Secret documents reveal how closely US spies worked with telecom giants to monitor Internet traffic

US National Security Agency has used a  unique, decades-old partnership with AT&T to snoop on Internet usage, according  to newly disclosed documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, according to newly disclosed NSA documents.

Sunday, 16 August, 2015, 3:39pm 2 comments

Snowden seeks return to US - but on his terms

Edward Snowden participates via video link from Russia in a hearing on whistle-blowers. Photo: AFP

Somewhere in the thousands of towering apartment blocks that ring the Russian capital, whistle-blower Edward Snowden remains in hiding two years after outraging US intelligence agencies with revelations of their snooping into the private communications of millions of ordinary citizens.

24 Jul 2015 - 4:00am 5 comments

Two years after Snowden, NSA revelations still hurting US tech firms in China: report

Edward Snowden began leaking information two years ago that could cost US firms tens of billions of dollars in lost business overseas. Photo: AFP

Revelations of digital surveillance by American spy agencies could end up costing US firms billions of dollars in lost business and lawmakers in Washington are falling short in their duty to address the issue, a US think tank has said.

3 Jul 2015 - 6:49pm 3 comments

Britain pulls out spies as Russia, China crack Snowden files: reports

Edward Snowden speaks to European officials via video conference during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, in June 2014. Photo: AFP

Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

15 Jun 2015 - 10:48am 21 comments

Snowden lauds 'historic victory' as US ends mass surveillance of phone calls

Edward Snowden in a handout picture from the documentary Citizenfour. Photo: Praxis Films

Legislation ending the US government’s bulk collection of telephone data is “a historic victory for the rights of every citizen,” former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden said today.

5 Jun 2015 - 7:17pm 1 comment

Curbing of US spy powers is 'historic': Edward Snowden

Curbing of US spy powers is 'historic': Edward Snowden

Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday hailed as "historic" efforts to end the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, while urging campaigners to go further.

3 Jun 2015 - 11:00am

NSA loses bulk phone surveillance powers, after senators fail to pass extension

US Republican Senator Rand Paul leaves the US Capitol after speaking against the extension of the NSA's powers. Photo: AFP

The National Security Agency has temporarily lost its authority to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after Republican Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary session in the Senate.

1 Jun 2015 - 7:22pm 2 comments

US House votes to terminate NSA’s metadata dragnet in wake of Snowden revelations

John Boehner

The US House of Representatives has voted to end the NSA’s dragnet collection of telephone data from millions of Americans, a controversial program revealed in 2013 by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

14 May 2015 - 10:33pm

Film review: Citizenfour - Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Film review: Citizenfour - Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Laura Poitras' documentary of American national-security whistle-blower's eight paranoid days holed up in the Mira Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui feeds into his image as a tragic hero

7 May 2015 - 3:35pm

Edward Snowden busted: Artists erect shortlived tribute to NSA whistleblower in New York park

The bust of Edward Snowden looks down from its temporary place of honour in New York's Fort Greene Park. Photo: Reuters

The 1.2-metre-high, 45kg sculpted bust of the whistleblower was sneaked into Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park on Monday before dawn. The real Snowden remains in self-imposed exile in Russia.

8 Apr 2015 - 1:44am 2 comments

Anonymous artists leave Snowden statue in New York park

Anonymous artists leave Snowden statue in New York park

New York City removes a bronze bust of former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden that unknown artists installed overnight on a pillar in a Brooklyn park.

7 Apr 2015 - 9:19am 1 comment

Snowden admits not reading all documents in interview with comedian John Oliver

Edward Snowden is interviewed by comedian John Oliver.

Edward Snowden admitted he had not read every NSA document he handed over to journalists in an interview with comedian John Oliver, as the HBO host posed uncomfortable questions to the NSA whistleblower in Moscow.

7 Apr 2015 - 4:30pm 1 comment

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.

31 Mar 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