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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

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.

Wednesday, 25 February, 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

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