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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

Former US president Bill Clinton calls for mutual openness with China on spying

Former US president Bill Clinton calls for mutual openness with China on spying

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

US won't prosecute Glenn Greenwald, reporter tied to Snowden leaks

A supporter holds up a placard a rally in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on November 5, 2013. Photo: AFP

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

Spying scandal hits US tech companies in China

Chief executive John Chambers says Cisco faces 'challenging political dynamics' in China; chief financial officer Mark Loughridge blames IBM's woes on delays in purchases. Photo: Reuters

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

US considers splitting command of NSA, cyber agency after Snowden

Director of the US National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander. Photo: AFP

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

Hawaii spy base staff 'gave Snowden passwords'

Snowden spent a month at the Hawaii spy base. Photo:

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

Snowden persuaded other NSA workers to give up passwords

A supporter of the Anonymous group wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds up a placard featuring a photo of Edward Snowden during a rally in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate on November 5, 2013. Photo: AFP

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

Germany wants Snowden to testify about US intelligence activities

Snowden has been granted a one year asylum in Russia. Photo: EPA

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

British aide to Snowden advised to stay in Berlin

Sarah Harrison (right)

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

Ken Taylor, Canadian former ambassador, faults whistle-blowing

As Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor played the key role in exchanging intelligence during the hostage crisis. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Britain operating ‘electronic spy posts’ in Germany

The Reichtag building which hosts Germany's parliament Bundestag. Photo: AP

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 deface Australian business, Philippine government websites

Edward Snowden

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

US politicians say they are against clemency for Edward Snowden

Dianne Feinstein says Snowden has done an "enormous disservice" to America. Photo: AP

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

Snowden: mass spy programmes threaten freedom of expression

Edward Snowden in Moscow. Photo: AP

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, US spied on Indonesia during UN talks: report

UN chief Ban Ki-moon (centre) at the 2007 climate talks. Photo: EPA

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

Europeans tap mass communications with UK's help, Snowden leaks reveal

The tapping of telecom cables is the focus of new reports. Photo: AFP

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