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.
Washington and Beijing should be more open to each other on what and who they are spying on, former US president Bill Clinton said yesterday in a forum after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Tuesday, 19 November, 2013, 10:57am 4 comments
The US Justice Department has no plans to prosecute the journalist who facilitated Edward Snowden’s leaks about US surveillance practices, Attorney General Eric Holder said in an interview published on Friday.
Glenn Greenwald, an American, is based in Brazil and has written several news stories based on documents he received from Snowden.16 Nov 2013 - 1:39pm
US technology companies including Cisco Systems, International Business Machines and Microsoft may face new challenges selling their goods and services in China as fallout from the US spying scandal starts to take a toll.20 Nov 2013 - 4:39pm 2 comments
The White House is considering a proposal to split the work of the single military commander who now oversees both the National Security Agency and cybersecurity operations, possibly reshaping the spy agency in the wake of harsh criticism of its sweeping surveillance programmes.9 Nov 2013 - 3:29am
Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he subsequently leaked to the media, sources said.9 Nov 2013 - 3:40am 1 comment
Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.8 Nov 2013 - 11:10am
The German government will examine how former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden could testify to a parliamentary inquiry into US intelligence activities in Germany, the interior minister said.
The effort comes amid rising demands not only to thank Snowden for his disclosures but also to grant him full political asylum.7 Nov 2013 - 8:29pm
Sarah Harrison, the British journalist and Wikileaks staffer who has been acting as an assistant to Edward Snowden since his arrival in Moscow, has left Russia and joined the growing band of net activists stranded in Berlin.8 Nov 2013 - 2:26am
Thirty-four years ago he was a central figure in the audacious plot to smuggle six US diplomats out of Iran at the height of the hostage crisis.
But such an adventure in today's world of smartphones and diplomatic leaks would be mission impossible, says Kenneth Taylor, who in 1979 was the Canadian ambassador to Iran.6 Nov 2013 - 3:17pm 1 comment
Documents leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that Britain’s surveillance agency is operating a network of “electronic spy posts” from within a stone’s throw of the Bundestag and German chancellor’s office, the Independent reported.5 Nov 2013 - 1:24pm
Hackers claiming links to international activist group Anonymous defaced dozens of websites belonging to Australian businesses and Philippine government agencies on Sunday.5 Nov 2013 - 5:28am
A senior White House aide and top US lawmakers on Sunday rejected intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s request for clemency following his disclosures of widespread government surveillance.5 Nov 2013 - 3:38am 7 comments
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden says mass secret service surveillance poses a threat to freedom of expression and open society, in a text published in a German news magazine on Sunday.3 Nov 2013 - 8:28pm 1 comment
Australia and the United States mounted a joint surveillance operation on Indonesia during 2007 UN climate talks in Bali, a report said yesterday in revelations likely to exacerbate strained ties with Jakarta.4 Nov 2013 - 11:18am
The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency.3 Nov 2013 - 7:43am 1 comment