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.

Friday, 8 November, 2013, 11:10am

Venezuela slams new US spying claims

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua in Mexico City on Monday. Photo: AFP

Venezuela on Monday denounced a new report that the United States made Caracas a spying priority, and warned that bilateral ties would remain frozen.

“It is unacceptable that they’re spying on us,” Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told a news conference in Mexico City after talks with Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Meade.

5 Nov 2013 - 3:14pm 1 comment

US House to debate funding for NSA data mining

US Speaker of the House John Boehner. Photo: Reuters

US lawmakers will begin debate as early as Tuesday on whether to halt intelligence agencies from spying on millions of Americans, but senior senators warned the effort was “unwise”.

The debate comes six weeks after a National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, divulged details of huge programs that collect telephone and Internet data on millions of Americans and foreigners.

24 Jul 2013 - 11:53am

Snowden leaks have not hurt US foreign policy, says UN ambassador Susan Rice

Susan Rice will become US President Barack Obama’s national security adviser next week. Photo: AP

Rice dismissed commentators who say Snowden’s disclosures have made Obama a lame duck, damaged his political base, and hurt US foreign policy, saying: “I think that’s bunk.”

“I think the United States of America is and will remain the most influential, powerful and important country in the world, the largest economy, and the largest military, [with] a network of alliances, values that are universally respected,” she said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US cyberspying an affront to Tsinghua University's open culture

Tsinghua University

Carved on a plaque in its famous grassy quadrangle is the informal slogan of Tsinghua University: "Deeds speak louder than words", which is the streetwise summary of its formal motto "Self-discipline and Social Commitment".

25 Jun 2013 - 7:10am 1 comment

EXCLUSIVE: NSA targeted China's Tsinghua University in extensive hacking attacks, says Snowden

People walk in front of a historic gate in Tsinghua University, target of hacking by the US National Security Agency. Photo: SCMP/Simon Song

Tsinghua University in Beijing, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden.

13 Aug 2013 - 3:45pm 32 comments

NSA data used to foil Wall Street bomb plot, says US spy chief

Army General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, testifies before a US House panel on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

The US foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programmes at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said on Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence led by lawmakers sympathetic to the spying.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

US hasn't made requests with Hong Kong over Snowden, say sources

A protester holds up a photo of Edward Snowden during a march in support of him on June 15, 2013. Photo: Anja Klemensek

The US government has not yet raised any official requests with Hong Kong over whistleblower Edward Snowden, and previous reports that lawyers from both governments were working together on the Snowden case were "total nonsense," say sources. 

16 Jun 2013 - 6:59am 4 comments

American exceptionalism, seen through the prism of American blunders

An undated handout photo by the National Security Agency shows the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: EPA

The past weeks’ revelations about PRISM, the National Security Agency’s broad electronic surveillance program, follow a grand American tradition of major disclosures that undermine the high standards to which the United States holds itself, and the world.

14 Jun 2013 - 8:47am 2 comments

Before Snowden, Mark Klein tried to expose warrantless US surveillance

Mark Klein of California allegations against a telecommunications company launched dozens of consumer lawsuits in early 2006. Photo: AP

Before there was Edward Snowden and the leak of explosive documents showing widespread government surveillance, there was Mark Klein – a telecommunications technician who alleged that AT&T was allowing US spies to siphon vast amounts of customer data without warrants.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

NSA leak prompts questions over US reliance on contractors

Security whistle-blower Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old systems technician at Booz Allen Hamilton. Photo: EPA

The US government may have to reconsider how much it relies on outside defence contractors who are given top security clearances after an NSA contractor exposed top-secret phone and internet surveillance programmes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

NSA whistleblower content to have sparked surveillance debate, says reporter

Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald who interviewed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden talks to reporters at the W Hotel in Kowloon on Monday. Photo: Felix Wong

The search for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's whereabouts in Hong Kong ended up with a meeting at a Kowloon hotel on Monday morning with The Guardian reporter that interviewed him.

12 Jun 2013 - 2:57pm

Treaty gives Hong Kong option to reject Snowden extradition to the US

Hong Kong could refuse to extradite US whistleblower Edward Snowden if Beijng wanted to keep him, according to a treaty signed between the United States and Hong Kong almost two decades ago. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Whistleblower Edward Snowden hailed as hero on social media

A screenshot of people's discussions about Edward Snowden on Twitter. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The response on social media to the unveiling of NSA’s biggest intelligence leak source, Edward Snowden, has been divided with some calling him a traitor, however the response to his coming out has been overwhelmingly positive, with the majority calling him a hero.

10 Jun 2013 - 4:20pm 6 comments

Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden hiding in Hong Kong

U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen in this still image taken from a video during an interview with the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

The 29-year-old employee of defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton has revealed his identity and location in a series of interviews published today. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he told The Guardian.

10 Jun 2013 - 2:32pm 20 comments