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 spy agency chiefs consider amnesty for Edward Snowden

Snowden could go home, says the NSA's Richard Ledgett.

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.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 1:45am 1 comment

Australia’s Abbott blasts ‘singularly unhelpful’ Indonesia

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: AP

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

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

Snowden chose to defy his obligations when he learned the scope of surveillance programmes conducted. Photo: EPA

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

Spies disguised as fantasy characters prowled online games hunting terrorists, according to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

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

An advertisement thanking NSA leaker Edward Snowden appears on the side of a Metrobus in downtown Washington. Photo: EPA

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

I'm a patriot, says Guardian newspaper editor as he defends Snowden leaks

Alan Rusbridger. Photo: EPA

Alan Rusbridger, the editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, defended the publication of leaks by Edward Snowden, insisting during fierce questioning from lawmakers that it had not put any lives at risk.

4 Dec 2013 - 11:30am

Edward Snowden leaks prompt UN spying investigation

A TV screen in Central shows a report on former NSA contractor  Edward Snowden. Photo: AP

The UN’s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden’s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages.

3 Dec 2013 - 10:47pm 1 comment

US nears decision on splitting NSA from Cyber Command after Snowden

Army General Keith Alexander. Photo: AFP

The White House is nearing a decision on splitting up the eavesdropping National Security Agency and US Cyber Command, which conducts cyberwarfare, a proposed reform prompted in part by revelations of the NSA's widespread snooping, individuals briefed on the matter say.

29 Nov 2013 - 2:47am

US spy agency set porn trap for Muslim radicals, document leaked by Snowden reveals

The US National Security Agency planned to spy Islamist "radicals" on their online pornography habits. Photo: AP

The US National Security Agency planned to discredit Islamist "radicals" by spying on their online pornography habits, it was reported yesterday. The agency wanted to undermine the propagandists by highlighting their "hypocrisy" when it came to their private lives.

29 Nov 2013 - 2:46am 1 comment

Privacy advocates, Snowden supporters flock to Berlin

Supporters of Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organisation are escaping government surveillance in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

During the cold war, Berlin was one of the most spy-ridden cities in the world. Now it's the place where people go to escape government surveillance.

An international cadre of privacy advocates is settling in Germany's once-divided capital, saying they feel safer here than they do in the United States or Britain, where authorities have vowed to prosecute leakers of official secrets.

27 Nov 2013 - 9:18pm

British and US spies fear Snowden has 'data cloud' of classified material

A woman holds a portrait of Edward Snowden in front of her face during a protest in Berlin. Photo: Reuters

British and US intelligence officials say they are worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden stored on a data cloud.

27 Nov 2013 - 1:39am 1 comment

Malaysia summons Singapore envoy over claim it helped spy on neighbour

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman. Photo: Xinhua

Malaysia’s government summoned Singapore’s high commissioner for talks on Tuesday, saying it was “extremely concerned” by media reports that the city-state helps Western intelligence agencies spy on its Southeast Asian neighbour.

27 Nov 2013 - 12:34am

US has access to Britons’ personal data under secret deal: report

The revelations are the latest about apparent spying by US intelligence agencies to emerge from files leaked to the media by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Photo: Reuters

The US National Security Agency has stored the personal electronic data of British citizens under a secret deal with London, according to files leaked by Edward Snowden and published Wednesday by British media.

21 Nov 2013 - 5:58pm

Indonesia to review ties with Australia amid row over wiretap of president

Abbott and Yudhoyono don't see eye to eye now. Photo: AFP

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that Indonesia is reviewing co-operation with Australia over “hurtful” claims his phone was spied on, a day after Jakarta angrily recalled its ambassador from Canberra.

20 Nov 2013 - 9:31am