Edward Snowden

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CIA Chief Blasts 'Hand-Wringing' Over Surveillance

Debate renews over whether government spying is a necessary evil

(Newser) - Civil liberty advocates are worried that a spate of ISIS attacks will bring a renewed push for more-intense government surveillance, and comments by CIA chief John Brennan won't make them feel any better. Following the downing of Flight 9268 , last week's suicide bombings in Beirut , and Friday's... More »

Europe Just Made a Big Decision About Snowden

EU parliament calls on member states to grant him protection

(Newser) - In a 285 to 281 vote, members of the European Union's parliament voted Thursday to urge member states to "drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human... More »

Leaked Documents Reveal 'Insane' US Drone Program

The anonymous source is being called a second Snowden

(Newser) - A number of damaging secret government documents about the United States' drone program were published online Thursday after being leaked by an anonymous source "within the intelligence community," CNN reports. The new whistleblower is being called a second Edward Snowden. According to Politico , the anonymous source calls the... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

Snowden: I'm Willing to Serve Prison Time

NSA Whistleblower is 'still waiting' to hear from authorities

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower on the lam? Indeed, but he's also willing to return to the US and serve time if authorities will cut him a deal, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the BBC show "Panorama," Snowden says he's offered to make such a... More »

This Might Be the Best Interview About Edward Snowden Ever

Snowden, Scissorhands, close enough

(Newser) - In what just might be the best example of trolling ever recorded, Jon Hendren went on HLN Wednesday and gave an interview about Edward Snowden ... except that the whole time, Hendren was talking about Edward Scissorhands. Example: When anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asks Hendren (described as a "Snowden Supporter")... More »

GOP's Pataki Trolls 'Traitor' Snowden in Twitter Debut

Candidate wants 'great American company' to boot NSA leaker

(Newser) - Edward Snowden joined Twitter on Tuesday and along with the more than 800,000 followers he racked up within hours, he attracted the wrath of a man the Guardian calls his "first Twitter troll"—George Pataki. The bottom-of-the-pack GOP presidential candidate tweeted : "Some say you have courage,... More »

Snowden Just Joined Twitter

Neil deGrasse Tyson apparently talked him into the @snowden handle

(Newser) - "Can you hear me now?" isn't just a Verizon catchphrase anymore. It was also the first official tweet from Edward Snowden on Tuesday from wherever he's holed up in Russia, the Intercept reports. He was apparently cajoled into joining by Neil deGrasse Tyson during a StarTalk Radio... More »

AT&T's Help for NSA Was 'Especially Productive'

Investigation finds company went further than its rivals on surveillance

(Newser) - The Edward Snowden revelations have shown that multiple American telecom companies helped the NSA with its Internet surveillance. But AT&T, it seems, happily went much further than the rest. A new investigative piece by the New York Times and ProPublica describes the company's relationship with the spy agency... More »

Snowden: World Has Kicked Surveillance to the Curb

'This is the power of an informed public,' ex-NSA contractor writes in 'NYT'

(Newser) - Two years ago, Edward Snowden holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room to await reaction to his NSA revelations. Today, from somewhere in Moscow, he celebrates that anniversary by penning a New York Times op-ed that opines on privacy and surveillance in the wake of the expiration of key... More »

Appeals Court: NSA's Phone Program Is Illegal

2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals rules the Patriot Act doesn't allow for it

(Newser) - The Patriot Act doesn't actually authorize the government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, a federal appeals court ruled today. A three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said a lower court, which had thrown out the case, had erred in... More »

Snowden Who? France to Ramp Up Surveillance

After Hebdo attacks, Paris ready to embrace bulk collection of phone, email data

(Newser) - See if this sounds familiar: A nation reeling from a major terror attack puts into place sweeping new surveillance rules in the name of public safety that critics think violate civil liberties. A measure with the nickname the "French Patriot Act" cleared the lower house of Parliament in France... More »

Both Parties Support Bill to Rein In Patriot Act

Legislation would end bulk data collection exposed by Edward Snowden

(Newser) - The US government may consider Edward Snowden a traitor, but its lawmakers seem bent on reining in the surveillance abuses he exposed. Legislation that would end the bulk collection of data has the support of both parties in Congress, reports the New York Times . The House is poised to pass... More »

Snowden's Password Idea: Strange, but Not Terribly Secure

Cryptography expert says 'MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY' just wouldn't cut it

(Newser) - Edward Snowden recommended last week that people use longer "passphrases" instead of passwords for extra security. One of his suggestions: something unusual and counterintuitive like "MargaretThatcheris110%SEXY." But cryptography expert Joseph Bonneau tells Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired , why Snowden's approach leaves much to be desired. To... More »

Snowden's Advice on Passwords: Use 'Passphrases'

Otherwise, they're too easy to crack

(Newser) - As part of his interview with John Oliver for the latter's Last Week Tonight show, Edward Snowden explained how ridiculously easy it is—takes "less than a second"—for a computer to crack a typical eight-character password. His solution? Ditch passwords in favor of "passphrases,"... More »

Snowden, John Oliver Explain NSA Spying in Terms of Dirty Pics

HBO host traveled to Russia to meet with whistleblower

(Newser) - Not long ago, Edward Snowden's NSA leaks were the focus of vast media attention. But two years later, "it seems like we've kind of forgotten to have a debate over the content of what Snowden leaked," John Oliver tells his HBO audience, showing them a series... More »

Snowden in Talks to Return to US

Lawyer in Moscow says he wants a guarantee of a fair trial

(Newser) - Edward Snowden apparently doesn't want to spend the rest of his days in Russia. One of his lawyers in Moscow says he is in negotiations to return to the US, reports Reuters . "We are doing everything possible now to solve this issue," says Anatoly Kucherena. "There... More »

Snowden: Hack Gave NSA Access to Billions of Phones

US and UK allegedly stole codes from Dutch company

(Newser) - Britain's electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the US National Security Agency, hacked into the networks of a Dutch company to steal codes that allow both governments to seamlessly eavesdrop on mobile phones worldwide, according to the documents given to journalists by Edward Snowden. A story about the documents... More »

Spies Could've Halted 'India's 9/11,' Failed to Connect Dots

Scads of 2008 surveillance data, but no one put it together: investigation

(Newser) - British, American, and Indian intelligence operatives all separately picked out elements of a possible major terror plot by autumn of 2008, but their inability to connect the dots led to what the New York Times calls one of "the most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft"—the... More »

North Korea: American Wanted to Be 'Second Snowden'

Matthew Miller is now serving 6 years of hard labor

(Newser) - North Korea today piled more accusations upon a 25-year-old American arrested there and sentenced to six years' hard labor . The state-run Korean Central News Agency says Matthew Miller entered the country on a tourist visa from South Korea and deliberately got himself arrested by tearing up his visa in order... More »

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