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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

'Mission accomplished': Edward Snowden validated by response to NSA leaks

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission is already accomplished” after revealing NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of US surveillance policies.

Wednesday, 25 December, 2013, 1:06pm 2 comments

Reports that US spied on Israel revives calls to free jailed spy Jonathan Pollard

Israel’s intelligence minister called reported US wiretapping of an Israeli premier “unacceptable” as the story on Sunday rekindled calls for the release of jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

22 Dec 2013 - 7:03pm

US administration moves to block California surveillance case

The Obama administration has moved to prevent a federal judge in California from ruling on the constitutionality of warrant-less surveillance authorised during the Bush administration.

23 Dec 2013 - 4:31am 1 comment

Israeli PM among 1,000 US, UK spy targets, Snowden leaks reveal

Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of US and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organisations, foreign energy companies and an EU official involved in antitrust battles with US technology businesses.

22 Dec 2013 - 5:34am 2 comments

Russia's Putin says NSA surveillance needed to fight terrorism

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the National Security Agency surveillance is necessary to fight terrorism, but added that the government needs to “limit the appetite” of the agency with a clear set of ground rules.

19 Dec 2013 - 6:52pm

US judge says NSA's mass collection of phone data could be illegal

A US judge has struck a blow against the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, ruling that it breaches citizens' privacy to an "almost Orwellian" degree that is probably unconstitutional.

18 Dec 2013 - 4:55am 1 comment

Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil in exchange for political asylum

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has offered to help Brazil investigate US spying on its soil in exchange for political asylum, in an open letter to the Brazilian people published by a Brazilian newspaper.

18 Dec 2013 - 4:26am

Edward Snowden the subject of three books set to hit stores soon

A tale that could rival any spy novel is about to be told by three writers who are working on potentially rival books on the revelations and travails of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

17 Dec 2013 - 11:17pm

Richard Leon, judge in NSA spying case, took on US government before

Judge Richard Leon, who shook up Washington this week by declaring a National Security Agency data collection programme "almost Orwellian", is a conservative and a vivid writer who does not shrink from criticising the federal government on matters as varied as pornography, death penalty drugs and terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

18 Dec 2013 - 4:02am

US spy agency chiefs consider amnesty for Edward Snowden

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.

17 Dec 2013 - 1:45am 1 comment

Australia’s Abbott blasts ‘singularly unhelpful’ Indonesia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott rounded on neighbouring Indonesia on Sunday, accusing it of being “singularly unhelpful” by suspending cooperation to combat people-smuggling due to a diplomatic row over phone-tapping.

15 Dec 2013 - 3:06pm

US technology giants push back on snooping and urge restraint

Just because you are hypocritical doesn't mean you are wrong. Eight prominent US technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Apple, have jointly published an open letter to the US Congress and President Barack Obama urging strict new limits on government surveillance.

15 Dec 2013 - 4:14am

Edward Snowden says he hopes his leaks will lead to more transparency

Edward Snowden hopes his leaks of secret documents will lead to greater governmental transparency, he said in rare comments.

13 Dec 2013 - 2:25am

World of Warcraft characters 'may have been US and UK spies', say Snowden documents

Freshly leaked documents by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Monday revealed spies disguised as fantasy characters prowled online games hunting terrorists.

10 Dec 2013 - 7:24pm 1 comment

NSA tracks 5 billion phone records every day, says Snowden documents

The US National Security Agency is collecting some five billion records a day on the location of mobile phones around the world, The Washington Post reported, citing documents from US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

6 Dec 2013 - 8:09am 1 comment