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

Why whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden must use drastic measures

J. Edgar Hoover

When the FBI was formally launched in the 1930s, its brief was to fight crime. But under J. Edgar Hoover it stretched much further beyond that until finally a US Senate investigation was ordered in 1975 to rein in its powers.

Friday, 10 January, 2014, 8:36am 1 comment

Edward Snowden to reveal more Israel secrets, says Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald. Photo: Reuters

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world's attention said.

7 Jan 2014 - 11:37pm

Technology and the danger to our privacy and freedoms

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden contends that his mission to get the world talking about the scale of American and British government surveillance has been accomplished.

6 Jan 2014 - 3:28am 2 comments

Obama must look at bigger picture in weighing calls to pardon Snowden

US President Barack Obama

A poignant picture emerged from South Africa during US President Barack Obama’s first state visit to the country. The world’s most powerful leader was photographed, standing alone and looking out from a tiny prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent more than two decades of his life.

4 Jan 2014 - 12:42pm

NSA trying to build superfast quantum computer, says Snowden

Edward Snowden.

In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the US National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect global banking, medical, business and government records.

4 Jan 2014 - 3:50am 2 comments

Apple denies 'backdoor' NSA access to iPhones

New documents claim the NSA infiltrated iPhone data. Photo: AFP

Apple has denied any knowledge of a National Security Agency tool to hack into iPhones after newly released documents showed the company's smartphone was targeted by the US spy agency.

2 Jan 2014 - 2:11am 2 comments

NSA spying on Europe-Asia undersea telecom cables: report

Protestors hold up placards featuring a picture of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: AFP

The US National Security Agency has collected sensitive data on key telecommunications cables between Europe, north Africa and Asia, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Sunday citing classified documents.

29 Dec 2013 - 7:03pm

2013: the year of talking dangerously

Outspoken personalities from all walks of life dominated the pages of the South China Morning Post during 2013. There was the former American spy agency contractor turned whistle-blower who broke cover in Hong Kong, sparking a global fallout over US government spying; and the Chinese princeling whose public trial for corruption and abuse of power riveted the nation.

30 Dec 2013 - 3:51pm 1 comment

Surveillance worse than George Orwell's 1984, warns Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden prepares to give his TV message. Photo: AFP

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden invoked George Orwell and warned of the dangers of unchecked government surveillance in a televised Christmas message to the British people that reflected his growing willingness to take a public role in the debate he ignited.

27 Dec 2013 - 2:33am 3 comments

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

Edward Snowden. Photo: AP

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.

“I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated,” Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online on Monday night.

25 Dec 2013 - 1:06pm 2 comments

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

Israel’s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz said reported US wiretapping of Ehud Olmert was 'unacceptable'. Photo: Xinhua

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

A sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Photo: AP

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

A Washington Metro bus is seen on Friday with a sign thanking Edward Snowden on its side panel. Photo: Reuters

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin said NSA surveillance was necessary to fight terrorism. Photo: Reuters

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

US District Court Judge Richard Leon

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