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  • Sep 21, 2014
  • Updated: 9:43pm


Snowden persuaded other NSA workers to give up passwords

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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