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

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'.

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014, 11:06am 2 comments

'Monster' plan to automate cyberspy hunt risked sparking war, Snowden says

NSA's program, codenamed MonsterMind, would have let the military agency automate the process of "hunting for the beginnings" of a foreign cyberattack. Photo: Reuters

The US National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, a new report says.

14 Aug 2014 - 11:52pm

They think I still have smoking gun: Snowden on US government's fears

An undated handout photo received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Photo: AFP

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed mass cybersurveillance by American and British spy agencies, says the US government fears the most damaging leaks are yet to come.

15 Aug 2014 - 11:12am 2 comments

NSA planned automated counter-strikes for cyberattacks, says Snowden

The NSA secretly planned a cyber warfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries. Photo: Reuters

The NSA secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, former contractor claims.

14 Aug 2014 - 4:58pm 2 comments

Edward Snowden granted three-year Russian residence permit

Edward Snowden granted three-year Russian residence permit

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia.

8 Aug 2014 - 4:25pm 3 comments

US agencies limit work with firm after it suffered ‘state-sponsored’ cyberattack

USIS has been under criticism in Congress in recent months for its performance in conducting background checks on Edward Snowden (right) and on Aaron Alexi. Photos: AFP

Two US government agencies have decided to limit operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the contractor reported it had been targeted in a cyberattack.

7 Aug 2014 - 9:19pm

Is there a new Edward Snowden? US intelligence chiefs suspect a fresh leak

Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

The concerns came after The Intercept, a news site that has had access to documents from leaker Edward Snowden, published items about the scope of the United States terror watchlist.

7 Aug 2014 - 10:34am

Snowden too young to spend life dodging extradition, German minister says

A demonstrator against spying holds a sign asking for asylum for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden outside US Army's 'Dagger Complex' near Griesheim, Germany. Photo: AP

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is too young to spend his life dodging extradition in remote foreign locales, Germany's justice minister said in advising the fugitive to return to the United States and face the charges against him.

30 Jul 2014 - 9:23pm 2 comments

Edward Snowden to back technology to subvert government spying

Edward Snowden is seen as a hero by hackers attending the HOPE conference.

Edward Snowden called on supporters at a hacking conference to encourage development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programmes around the globe.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:43am

‘NSA could have written this’: Edward Snowden slams British surveillance bill

Edward Snowden was taken aback on learning about the speed at which the British government is moving on new legislation and described it as “a significant change”. Photo: AFP

Edward Snowden condemns bill being pushed through British parliament, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, a lack of public debate and fear-mongering.

14 Jul 2014 - 6:53pm 7 comments

Edward Snowden applies to extend Russia stay as asylum status nears expiry

Edward Snowden speaks via videolink to European officials at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on improving the protection of whistleblowers. Photo: AFP

Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has formally requested to stay in Russia past July 31, when his one-year asylum status expires, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

9 Jul 2014 - 10:48pm 1 comment

Only four countries NSA couldn't spy on, latest Edward Snowden leak shows

Snowden revealed that only Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are not on the spying list of NSA. Photo: AFP

The US National Security Agency has been authorised to intercept information concerning all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post.

2 Jul 2014 - 2:59am 6 comments

Multimedia: Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Multimedia: Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post senior reporter Lana Lam was the only Hong Kong journalist to interview Edward Snowden during the whistle blower's brief stay in the city in 2013.

28 Jul 2014 - 2:47pm

Snowden's revelations changed IT industry's sense of privacy

Snowden's revelations changed IT industry's sense of privacy

With his release of information that the US National Security Agency were scooping up users' mobile data indiscriminately, Edward Snowden kicked off a global debate on privacy and surveillance that is likely to resonate for years to come.

16 Jun 2014 - 10:19am 1 comment

Edward Snowden affair a rich canvas for Dafen artist Huang Haifan

Dafen artist Huang Haifan in front of some or his portraits of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward Wong

No one will ever know how much Edward Snowden’s leaks cost the US government, but for one artist in Shenzhen, the image of the fugitive US whistle-blower is worth at least 10 times more than imitations of famous works by Van Gogh or Monet.

15 Jun 2014 - 5:44am