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  • Snowden's certificate of asylum (large view)

    08/01/2013 11:29:37 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies
    RT Twitter ^ | 08/01/2013
  • Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

    08/01/2013 7:06:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the ^ | 8/1/13 | Nick Hopkins and Julian Borger
    The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain's intelligence gathering programmes. The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their demands. "GCHQ must pull its weight and be seen to pull its weight," a GCHQ strategy briefing said. The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. But it will...
  • Is Edward Snowden A Double Agent?

    08/01/2013 4:08:45 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 135 replies
    Several prominent voices in the alternative media are speculating that former CIA analyst and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could be a double agent whose revelations are only serving to distract from the much bigger issue of the imminent escalation of the war in Syria.
  • Snowden granted asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport

    08/01/2013 2:12:36 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | Isabel Gorst and William Branigin
    MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. security contractor, left the transit zone at Moscow’s international airport Thursday after Russian authorities granted him temporary asylum.
  • Army bans soldiers from reading about NSA; Newspaper divulges 'top secret' info on access to online

    08/01/2013 1:39:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    wnd ^ | 8/1/13 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army has ordered its personnel not to go to the latest postings on the website of the British newspaper The Guardian to read revelations of information given to its reporter because it contains a “TOP SECRET slide show.” The email, which WND received from a Department of Defense source, was addressed to a couple hundred military personnel and civilians working for DOD. The source who provided the email asked for anonymity. “Do not go to ‘The Guardian’ news website as they have TOP SECRET slide show on the main page and you will be flagged,” according...
  • White House disappointed with Russia

    08/01/2013 1:01:54 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8/1/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is "extremely disappointed" in Russia's decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the White House said Thursday. In its first public response to Russia's move in defiance of U.S. wishes, the Obama administration said it was not a positive development for U.S.-Russia relations and said that it undermined Russia's record of law enforcement cooperation with the U.S. The White House added that it is re-evaluating whether President Barack Obama should attend an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • NSA Surveillance Can Penetrate VPNs

    08/01/2013 12:42:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    Information Week ^ | 8/1/13 | Thomas Claburn
    National Security Agency's XKeyscore system can collect just about everything that happens online, even things encrypted by VPNs, according to Edward Snowden.The National Security Agency has a system that allows it to collect pretty much everything a user does on the Internet, according to a report published by The Guardian on Wednesday, apparently even when those activities are done under the presumed protection of a virtual private network (VPN). The Guardian's information comes from whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor now seeking asylum in Russia from U.S. authorities for revealing classified documents about the NSA's intelligence-gathering capabilities to...
  • Heckling and applause for NSA Director at Black Hat infosec conference

    08/01/2013 9:48:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mandy Nagy
    National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander was met with both heckling and applause at the Black Hat information security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday. Ever since the leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden thrust the agency’s domestic surveillance policies into the limelight and sparked widespread public debate, Alexander and other intelligence officials have been on the hot seat, in a persistent state of defense against seemingly unending press reports.
  • Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

    08/01/2013 5:13:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    Snowden Gets Temporary Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport By PAUL SONNE MOSCOW—National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has received asylum for a year in Russia and has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer said on Thursday. NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, says the U.S. has left him "stateless". Is that the case? What happens when the U.S. revokes an American's passport? How often does that happen? How do you renounce your citizenship? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who has been representing Mr. Snowden in Moscow, said the U.S. fugitive received so-called "temporary asylum" for a period of...
  • Fugitive Snowden leaves Moscow airport: representative (enters Russia)

    08/01/2013 5:14:17 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 63 replies
    reuters ^ | 8/1/2013
    The representative told Reuters that Snowden had crossed into Russia after spending more than month in the airport's transit zone.
  • Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport

    08/01/2013 5:13:19 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 08/01/2013
    NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country’s territory. The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said. “I have just handed over to him papers from the Russian Immigration Service. They are what he needs to leave the transit zone,” he added. Snowden has already left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, an RT crew at the scene has confirmed. His present location has not been made public nor will it be disclosed, Kucherena said, adding that Snowden is among the...
  • U.S. Outlines N.S.A.'s Culling of Data for All Domestic Calls

    07/31/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/31/13 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday released formerly classified documents outlining a once-secret program of the National Security Agency that is collecting records of all domestic phone calls in the United States, as top officials testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. As the hearing began, The Guardian newspaper published another document from the archives of Top Secret surveillance matters leaked to it by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden. It was a 32-page presentation describing the N.S.A.´s XKeyscore program, by which N.S.A. analysts can mine vast databases of phone and Internet information the agency has vacuumed up.
  • Edward Snowden Safely Lands In Venezuela Where He Was Granted Asylum To Avoid U.S. Extradition \

    07/30/2013 9:52:09 AM PDT · by tje · 45 replies
    National Report ^ | 07/30/2013 | Paul Horner
    Washington, DC — The Al Jazeera news agency is reporting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has safely landed in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had offered asylum to the former U.S. intelligence contractor on Friday who was believed to be waiting in transit at a Moscow airport. Guillermo Thomas who is a spokesman for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela told that Snowden is currently in the country and that he is thrilled to be there. “We are very blessed to have Mr. Snowden in our country, it is a pleasure,” Thomas said. “There were no direct flights across...
  • Snowden: Putin’s Newest BF…Well..Until He’s Not

    07/29/2013 7:22:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 216 replies
    Political QRM ^ | June 24, 2013 | Ann Marie
    The traitor to our country and NSA, Edward Snowden, is now making the rounds of the major Communist countries; China and Russia, with either Ecuador or Venezuela or possible Cuba being a final destination. Who knows, it may be someplace no one ever thought about. For all of you who labeled him a hero, I must excuse your ignorance on national security issues. If you haven’t worked in the intelligence community, you have no idea the damage that this sniveling coward has done to the intelligence community’s efforts and endangered your life and those of your loved ones.. When both...
  • U.S. Letter Says Leaker Won’t Face Death Penalty [Obama to Putin: "Trust Me" Ha!]

    07/27/2013 5:21:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/26/13 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward J. Snowden, and would issue him a passport immediately so he could travel back to the United States. The letter also offered reassurances that the United States would not torture Mr. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who faces criminal charges of disclosing classified information and has been hiding in an airport in Moscow in order to evade the American authorities. “We believe these assurances eliminate these asserted grounds for...
  • US Ups Pressure for Russia to Allow Snowden Extradition

    07/26/2013 11:00:45 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 29 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 July 2013 | John Semmens
    US Attorney General Eric Holder issued a written demand that the Russian Government apprehend NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden and send him back to the United States to face charges of leaking national secrets. In an effort to soothe concerns that Snowden might be ill-treated, Holder promised that “we will not be seeking the death penalty, nor will Mr. Snowden be subjected to torture.” To bolster his credibility, Holder cited the case of Private Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier on trial for providing documents to WikiLeaks. “Private Manning wasn’t tortured,” Holder pointed out. “He has been provided with full accommodations...
  • Russia Pushes Reset Button… Won’t Extradite Edward Snowden

    07/26/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    Gateway ^ | June 25, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In March 2009 Hillary Clinton announced that the Obama Adminstration was going to push the reset button with the Russians. Unfortunately, the administration bungled their delivery and spelled out “overcharge” rather than “restart” on their button. ... This week the Russians pushed their own reset button. Moscow rejected US demands for the extradition of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
  • US govt says won't seek death penalty for Snowden

    07/26/2013 11:52:21 AM PDT · by Phlap · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 07/26/2013 | PETE YOST
    Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.
  • U.S. Assures Russia Snowden Will Not Face Death Penalty

    07/26/2013 11:20:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 27 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 26, 2013 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and STEVEN LEE MYERS
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian minister of justice this week that the United States would not seek the death penalty against Edward J. Snowden, and would issue him a passport immediately so he could travel back to the United States. The letter also offered reassurances that the United States would not torture Mr. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who faces criminal charges of disclosing classified information and has been hiding in an airport in Moscow in order to evade the American authorities.
  • Republicans for Snowden

    07/26/2013 6:48:14 AM PDT · by Qbert · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/24/2013 | WSJ Editors
    Few things are more dangerous than Congress in heat, and so it is this week as a libertarian-left wing coalition in the House of Representatives is rushing to neuter one of the National Security Agency's antiterror surveillance programs. The chief instigator is Michigan Republican Justin Amash, the 33-year-old second-termer who has made opposition to the country's post-9/11 security programs a personal crusade. [Snip] Now he's back with an amendment to this year's defense spending bill that would bar the NSA from collecting metadata except when specific individuals are already being investigated and are subject to a court order. This would...
  • Senate bill authorizes sanctions on Russia or any other country offering Snowden asylum

    07/26/2013 4:23:29 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 21 replies
    WASHINGTON — U.S. sanctions against any country offering asylum to Edward Snowden advanced in Congress Thursday as the 30-year-old National Security Agency leaker remained in a Moscow airport while Russia weighed a request for him to stay permanently. The measure introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., demands the State Department coordinate with lawmakers on setting penalties against nations that seek to help Snowden avoid extradition to the United States, where authorities want him prosecuted for revealing details of the government’s massive surveillance system. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the proposal unanimously by voice vote as an amendment to next year’s...
  • Russia Slams U.S. Pressure Over Snowden

    07/26/2013 1:21:52 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 07/26/2013 | Ivan Nechepurenko
    Russian officials and human rights activists on Thursday slammed the U.S. for “threatening Russia” in a bid to have former NSA contractor Edward Snowden returned, as suspense mounts over the fugitive’s impending departure from Sheremetyevo Airport. “They [the U.S.] are asking Russia to discriminate against a U.S. citizen who has turned to Russia for temporary asylum and thus blatantly violate human rights,” Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is currently advising Snowden on immigration and other issues, told Interfax. In an unusual demonstration of solidarity with the government-connected lawyer, Svetlana Gannushkina, a prominent independent human rights activist who was nominated for...
  • Moscow says no Snowden extradition request from U.S.

    07/25/2013 9:16:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 37 replies ^ | 2013-07-26 02:57:00 | staff
    Russia has not received extradition request for Snowden from the United States, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The ministry did receive a letter from Eric Holder explaining some aspects of the U.S. position on the status of Snowden... The "document did not contain (a) request for the extradition or deportation of this individual," the statement said.
  • Russian Lawyer Welcomes Snowden With 'Crime and Punishment'

    07/24/2013 10:35:16 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 07/24/2013
    A Russian lawyer who is assisting fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden with his asylum request said Tuesday that he had brought Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 19-century classic novel "Crime and Punishment" to a meeting with him at a Moscow airport. "I bought him Dostoyevsky’s "Crime and Punishment," because I think that he should read about Raskolnikov," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who arrived at Sheremetyevo airport Wednesday afternoon, said in an interview with Rossia 24 TV, referring to the novel's main character who repents after killing an elderly female pawnbroker and is sent to Siberia for punishment. "I am not saying there is...
  • U.S. officials warn Russia against giving refuge to Edward Snowden (I'm laughing at my own country)

    07/24/2013 9:33:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/24/2013 | LA Times
    Fugitive secrets-spiller Edward Snowden isn’t yet out of his monthlong Moscow airport limbo, but U.S. officials have warned that Russia is provoking a diplomatic crisis with its reported granting of refuge to the American charged with espionage and theft. Snowden, who arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport June 23 with a revoked U.S. passport, was reportedly informed Wednesday that the Federal Migration Service would provide him with documents that would allow him to finally cross into Russian territory. Because he arrived from Hong Kong with no valid travel documents, he was denied entrance by border officials and has also been unable...
  • ABC/WaPo Poll: Attitudes Shift Against Snowden; Fewer than Half Say NSA is Unjustified

    07/24/2013 8:37:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/24/2013 | By Gary Langer
    Public attitudes have shifted against Edward Snowden, with more than half of Americans now supporting criminal charges against the former security contractor who’s disclosed details of surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. And while most doubt that the NSA’s efforts enhance security, most also don’t see them as unjustified intrusions on privacy rights. The public by 57-39 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll also says it’s more important for the government to investigate possible terrorist threats than for it to protect privacy rights – a substantial margin, albeit the narrowest in polls since 2002. A plurality thinks...
  • Russia gives Snowden pass to leave airport

    07/24/2013 5:47:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Russia gives Snowden pass to leave airport RUSSIA'S migration service has provided fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden with a document that allows him to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the past month, the RIA Novosti news agency says. The document confirms that his application for asylum is being considered, but allows Snowden to cross the Russian border so long as border guards do not object, it said on Wednesday. The Interfax news agency said Snowden could leave the airport in the "next hours". The Interfax news agency added that the document...
  • Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers allowing him to escape airport

    07/23/2013 6:16:33 PM PDT · by NCjim · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 23, 2013 | Stephen Rex Brown
    Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday that would allow him to leave Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, where he has been holed up since June 23, his Russian lawyer says. Anatoly Kucherena, who has assisted the fugitive American leaker in his bid for asylum in Russia, said Monday that Snowden’s application may take three months to process. The lawyer said the papers, which he expects to receive “shortly,” will permit Snowden to pass through immigration and travel to the city’s center in the meantime. The former defense contractor leaked National Security Administration documents revealing America’s worldwide surveillance apparatus....
  • Secret court OKs continued US phone surveillance

    07/20/2013 6:39:52 AM PDT · by Earthdweller · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/20/2013 | LARA JAKES
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A secret U.S. intelligence court renewed an order Friday to continue forcing Verizon Communications to turn over hundreds of millions of telephone records to the government each day in its search for foreign terror or espionage suspects. The order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been in place for years but must be renewed every three months. It was exposed in June after former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked details of two top secret U.S. surveillance programs that critics say violate privacy rights. The order was set to expire Friday, and its renewal...
  • Chinese whistleblower doused with acid, has fingers hacked off for embarrassing government

    07/19/2013 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Sopater · 16 replies
    The Province ^ | JULY 17, 2013 | MALCOLM MOORE
    A Chinese amateur whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist Party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the Internet, has been blinded with acid and had two of his fingers hacked off. Li Jianxin, 47, is in hospital after being attacked earlier this month, it has emerged. His car was rammed from behind and he was taken by three men to a remote industrial park in the southern city of Huizhou, where they doused him with acid and hacked at him with knives. A woman in a worker’s dormitory nearby emerged to find Li lying on...
  • The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People's Data Than Previously Revealed

    07/19/2013 5:01:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | July 17, 2013 | Philip Bump
    As an aside during testimony on Capitol Hill today, a National Security Agency representative rather casually indicated that the government looks at data from a universe of far, far more people than previously indicated. Chris Inglis, the agency's deputy director, was one of several government representatives—including from the FBI and the office of the Director of National Intelligence—testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Most of the testimony largely echoed previous testimony by the agencies on the topic of the government's surveillance, including a retread of the same offered examples for how the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...
  • Obama considers canceling Moscow summit with Putin

    07/18/2013 4:20:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 66 replies
    AP - via Fox News ^ | July 18, 2013
    WASHINGTON – The White House is considering canceling a fall summit between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, a move that would further aggravate the already tense relationship between the two leaders. The White House is dangling that option over the Russians as Moscow considers a temporary asylum petition from Edward Snowden, the American accused of leaking information about classified U.S. intelligence programs. But officials have privately signaled that scrapping the bilateral talks would also be retaliation for other areas of disagreement with Russia, including its continued support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's attacks against civilians.
  • Dick Cheney on NSA surveillance program (full video of today's Fox News Sunday interview)

    06/16/2013 7:51:47 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Fox news - multiple links in body of thread | June 16, 2013
    Video: interview - Part 1Video: interview - Part 2Article: Cheney defends NSA programs, says Snowden a 'traitor,' Obama 'lacks credibility'
  • Snowden ‘Immune’ to Torture

    07/18/2013 3:51:19 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 45 replies ^ | July 18, 2013 | Staff
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden is boasting that he’s immune from torture and can never be broken, even by the world’s most experienced interrogators. He made that odd claim in an equally strange e-mail exchange with former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-NH), The Guardian newspaper of Britain reported. Humphrey wrote a supportive note to Snowden, thanking him for doing the “right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.” The former lawmaker’s well-wishing letter came with a caveat: “Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harm’s way any intelligence agent.” Snowden wrote back...
  • Boehner slaps down Graham: ‘He’s dead wrong’ about Olympics boycott over Snowden

    07/17/2013 12:35:54 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 17, 2013 | Chris Moody
    South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham was “dead wrong” when he suggested the United States should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics...House Speaker John Boehner said. ..“Listen, I love Sen. Graham. We’ve been close friends for 20 years..Boehner said.. “Why would we want to punish U.S. athletes who have been training for three years to compete in the Olympics... Graham said boycotting the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, would “send the Russians the most unequivocal signal” ..what they’re doing is outrageous,... if they grant this guy asylum it’s a breach of the rule of law as we know it and is...
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: US should consider boycotting Russian Olympic Games

    07/17/2013 7:17:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013
    Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said that the United States should consider a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia if Moscow decides to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Sen. Graham told The Hill Tuesday that the Russians' recent actions involving Snowden were “outrageous” and agreed that a boycott should be a possibility when asked. “I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” Graham said. “We certainly haven't reset our relationship with Russia in a positive way. At the end of the day, if they grant this guy...
  • Lindsey Graham: Maybe we should boycott the Olympics if Russia grants asylum to Snowden

    07/16/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 48 replies
    Hot Air ^ | ALLAHPUNDIT | JULY 16, 2013
    I thought the Snowden saga had become as much of a freak show as it could be. I was wrong. You know Graham’s too far into the deep end of the pool when even McCain’s calling him back to the shallow side. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the U.S. should consider boycotting the 2014 Olympics Russia is set to host if Moscow grants NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum.“I would. I would just send the Russians the most unequivocal signal I could send them,” Graham said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of a boycott.“It might help, because what they’re doing...
  • Snowden officially applies for temporary asylum in Russia – human rights lawyer

    07/16/2013 5:22:48 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 5 replies
    RT ^ | July 16, 2013 11:26
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, a human rights lawyer revealed. As his application for asylum is considered, Snowden may be given special permission to enter the country and move around [within the country] freely. "Snowden has handed over his application to Sheremetyevo’s Federal Migration Service staff”, Russian human rights lawyer Anatoly Kucherena revealed. “I told him about all the intricacies of the procedure. It was decided that a staff member from the FMS office will come to the airport to accept Snowden’s temporary asylum request, as he is not allowed to leave Sheremetyevo’s transit zone”,...
  • Russia's Putin wants Snowden to go, but asylum not ruled out

    07/15/2013 6:38:38 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | July 16, 2013 | Alexei Anishchuk
    GOGLAND ISLAND, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he wanted Edward Snowden to leave after three weeks holed up at a Moscow airport, but also signalled that the former U.S. spy agency contractor was moving towards meeting Russia's asylum conditions. Snowden flew to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport from Hong Kong on June 23 in the hope of travelling on to a country that would offer him protection from the United States after he divulged details of U.S. government intelligence programmes. Putin said Washington had trapped Snowden by preventing him from reaching other countries that might shelter him but,...
  • Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize After ‘Disrepute Incurred’ for Picking Obama

    07/15/2013 9:15:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies
    Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize After ‘Disrepute Incurred’ for Picking Obama By Andrew Johnson July 15, 2013 11:49 AM A Swedish professor has nominated NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize for his revelations of the surveillance program, but also to redeem the award’s prestige after it was awarded to President Obama in 2009. In his letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Umea University’s Stefan Svallfors argues that Snowden, who would be the award’s youngest winner at 30, exemplified that “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.” Svallfors lauded Snowden’s “heroic effort at great personal...
  • Snowden - Hero or Traitor

    07/14/2013 11:38:29 AM PDT · by BornToBeAmerican · 122 replies
    Perhaps I am out of line here, but I am growing tired hearing the GOP calling Snowden a traitor. Before he leaked that the government is spying on all of the people in just about every way possible. I had no clue. If we, the freeest people since the beginning of time, cannot compose a simple email without it being opened and read by who knows who, then I say, we have lost freedom of the most basic nature and I am, if no one else, is better knowing it because of Snowden than not. Am I off base on...
  • Snowden documents could be 'worst nightmare' for U.S. - journalist

    07/13/2013 12:08:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 151 replies
    Reuters ^ | BUENOS AIRES | Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:29pm IST
    Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' "worst nightmare" if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst. "Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had," Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinian...
  • Conservatives and Snowden

    07/12/2013 2:16:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 10, 2013 | J. R. Dunn
    One of the axioms utilized by H.L. Mencken in analyzing politics in the United States stated that Americans were unable to grasp arguments on their face and instead needed them recast in pure Manichean terms, with the most repellent of devils on one side and the purest of angels on the other. Mencken was on to something there, something that still holds true today, as is shown by the debate concerning the NSA scandal. This scandal is being fought out -- particularly among conservatives -- on purely Manichean grounds. Certain commentators insist that since the NSA operates to protect national...
  • Snowden says he will seek asylum in Russia

    07/12/2013 9:51:26 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2013 | Will Englund
    Fugitive document-leaker Edward Snowden announced Friday that he is submitting a request for political asylum in Russia, where he has been stranded at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23. Eventually, the 30-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency said in a meeting with human rights activists and lawyers, he still hopes to be granted asylum in Latin America.
  • Edward Snowden meets rights groups at Moscow airport

    07/12/2013 6:55:42 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 20 replies
    The BBC ^ | 12 July 2013
    Airport spokeswoman Anna Zakharenkova confirmed about 10 people had been invited to the meeting which was scheduled to take place in the transit area at around 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT). "We will provide access and premises," she was quoted as saying. "The exact list (of attendees) is not known." A large press scrum gathered at the airport ahead of the meeting, while Interfax reported Mr Snowden had moved from his room in the airport's Capsule Hotel to attend the meeting. In the message, the 30-year-old fugitive complained that the US government was waging an "unlawful campaign" to prevent him...
  • Microsoft Worked Closely with NSA, Documents Show

    07/11/2013 8:18:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/12/2013, 5:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Microsoft has collaborated closely with U.S. intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, top-secret documents obtained Thursday by the British Guardian show. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. According to the Guardian, the documents show that: snip
  • Moscow-Cuba plane detour sparks speculation Snowden may be on board

    07/11/2013 4:26:42 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 17 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7/11/2013 | Unk
    An Aeroflot plane en route from Moscow to Havana has deviated from its course, FlightAware live flight tracking indicates. The news has sparked online speculation that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may be aboard the aircraft. However upon arrival in the Cuban capital, crew members told reporters that Snowden was not on board the flight. Aeroflot flight 150 to Havana took off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport at 14:10 pm local time (10:10 GMT) on Thursday and landed around 22:30 GMT. Whistleblower Edward Snowden has been holed up in the airport for the past two weeks. The flight route usually passes over...
  • In Venezuela, Snowden Can Prepare For Life As A Pawn

    07/11/2013 12:34:49 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10 July 2013 | Editorial
    Diplomacy: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden seems to have taken Venezuela's asylum offer, an odd choice for a man supposedly motivated by a desire for transparency. He should prepare for life as a pawn. U.S. surveillance is "not something I am willing to live under," Snowden told the U.K. Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, in a story published Monday, condemning yet again the NSA, whose operations, he claims, motivated him to hack into its computers, steal U.S. secrets, leak them to the press, and then flee a $100,000-a-year job and a pole-dancing girlfriend on the island paradise of Hawaii for a...
  • Latest Snowden revelation: US gathers intel on Venezuela, Brazil, and Mexico

    07/11/2013 8:05:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Or at least wake me when we get to Luxembourg. The tawdry revelations from the bottom of the Edward Snowden cache continue to seep out, this time in Brazil, where the newspaper O Globo reports in shock that US intelligence services collect information on Latin America. In other news, O Globo also reports that water is wet, or something: A Brazilian newspaper on Tuesday published an article it said is based on documents provided by the former American contractor Edward Snowden asserting that the United States has been collecting data on telephone calls and e-mails from several countries in Latin...
  • Suspicions Growing Over Death of Journalist Probing NSA and CIA Abuses

    07/09/2013 8:32:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 132 replies
    The New American ^ | 08 July 2013 | Alex Newman
    Weeks after the fiery death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings , who was probing abuses by the CIA and NSA and had recently informed others that he was being investigated by federal authorities, suspicions about his mysterious car crash are still swirling around the Internet. While police officially ruled the death an “accident,” serious questions are still surfacing — even in the establishment media and among prominent officials. Based on e-mails Hastings sent out shortly before he died about working on a “big story” and needing to go “off the radar,” it has become clear that he was worried, too....