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Feds Think There's a New Snowden in Our Midst

Someone appears to be leaking sensitive US documents again

(Newser) - A story published by Glenn Greenwald's Intercept , which has published the leaks of none other than Edward Snowden, contains information from national security documents dating back to August 2013—after Snowden fled the US, and thus an indication that there's a new leaker in town. The newly leaked... More »

Snowden Leak: NSA Spied on Muslim-American Leaders

Including a former Homeland Security official

(Newser) - The NSA and FBI targeted a number of prominent and seemingly upstanding Muslim-Americans for surveillance, including lawyers, professors, civil rights activists, and even a former Bush administration official, according to the latest revelation from Edward Snowden's document trove. A spreadsheet recapping the thousands of email addresses the NSA monitored... More »

Snowden: If I Could, I Would Go Home

Snowden says he'd love to return to US—but not to jail cell

(Newser) - Edward Snowden, speaking in his first interview with an American news organization last night, described himself as a "patriot" for trying to stop the violations of the Constitution he saw. "Whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say," he said. "... More »

Edward Snowden to SXSW: I'd Do It All Over Again

He addresses conference from Russia

(Newser) - By leaking NSA data, Edward Snowden forced himself into exile—but he'd "absolutely" do it again, he said today during a video talk broadcast at SXSW. He spoke from Russia, saying that he "took an oath to support and defend the Constitution," NPR reports. "I... More »

Internet Cable Will Span Atlantic to Thwart US Spying

It will guarantee Internet neutrality: Brazilian president

(Newser) - In the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, a fuming Brazil began plotting an undersea cable to reroute Internet traffic away from the US—and the plan is one that will come to fruition. Brazilian and EU officials yesterday agreed on the installation of an undersea communications cable that... More »

Snowden Tricked NSA Co-Worker for Access

He copied log-in credentials, says memo

(Newser) - Heads are slowly starting to roll in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks. A civilian NSA employee who let Snowden use his login to access classified info has resigned, after being stripped of his security clearance, the NSA revealed in an unclassified memo this week, spotted by NBC News... More »

Report: Drones Killing Innocents Based on NSA Metadata

Greenwald launches site with new allegations

(Newser) - America's drone program is "absolutely" killing innocent people because it launches strikes solely based on NSA phone metadata and tracking technologies, a former drone pilot tells Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, in the first post for Greenwald's much-hyped new media venture, The Intercept . The NSA's involvement... More »

Snowden Leak: UK Hacked Anonymous

...And may have shut down law-abiding websites in the process

(Newser) - UK intelligence once gave Anonymous and LulzSec a taste of its own medicine, hitting them with the exact kind of cyber attack they're infamous for employing, according to a new leak from Edward Snowden obtained by NBC News . A secret British intelligence outfit known as JTRIG (the Joint Threat... More »

The NSA's Secret Source: Angry Birds?

Spy agency exploits flaws in popular apps

(Newser) - When you fire up Angry Birds, Google Maps, or a host of other popular smartphone apps, you're opening yourself up to government spies. The NSA and its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, have been actively intercepting the data that "leaky" apps collect from users, according to a new leak... More »

FBI Got 1K Tips a Year From NSA's Phone Program

Lawmakers divided over future of snooping

(Newser) - In an effort to boost transparency , declassified documents on the NSA's phone program were released late Friday. And though the Wall Street Journal reports they were "frequently repetitive" and heavily redacted, they did contain some standout numbers: Specifically, that the NSA furnished the FBI with an average two... More »

Surveillance Court Digs in Over Planned NSA Reform

Obama's plan due Friday

(Newser) - President Obama is preparing to announce plans to rein in NSA intelligence-gathering on Friday, the New York Times reports. As expected , he'll tighten rules on telephone data collection, extend privacy protections to non-citizens, and urge the creation of an independent privacy advocate for the government's secret surveillance court.... More »

4 Big NSA Changes Obama Is Considering

New privacy rules could extend to non-citizens, for one

(Newser) - With a presidential speech on NSA reforms coming as soon as next week, the Wall Street Journal has the inside track on President Obama's thinking. Changes could come as a combination of executive and legislative action. Among possible major changes to the way the agency works:
  • A review panel
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NYT, Guardian: Pardon Snowden

NSA whistleblower 'has done country a great service'

(Newser) - Apparently it's Edward Snowden appreciation day. The New York Times and the Guardian both published editorials today calling on authorities to pardon or grant amnesty to the NSA leaker. "Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves... More »

Meet TAO, the NSA Unit That 'Gets the Ungettable'

Der Spiegel lifts lid on unit, which reportedly intercepts computer deliveries

(Newser) - Another big NSA revelation, this one courtesy of Germany's der Spiegel: The magazine yesterday reported that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets. Der Spiegel's revelations relate to a division of the NSA known... More »

Snowden: Our Kids Will Never Have an 'Unrecorded Thought'

NSA whistleblower has Christmas message for anyone feeling happy

(Newser) - On the off chance that the NSA was taking an eggnog break from listening to you rip open your Christmas gifts, Edward Snowden has a new Christmas message out. And it's not exactly chock full of rainbows and unicorns, notes Politico . Speaking in a YouTube video with British Channel... More »

It's Israel's Turn to Be Ticked at the NSA

Latest Snowden reveal 'not acceptable'

(Newser) - Slide over Germany , Brazil , and France , there's a new member in the Angry NSA Targets club: Israel. Several Israeli officials have lashed out at the US, report CNN and the AP , following new leaks Friday that the NSA had spied on four Israeli offices—including the prime minister's.... More »

Judge: NSA Spying 'Almost Certainly' Unconstitutional

Meanwhile, White House says no amnesty for Snowden

(Newser) - The NSA's massive collection of phone metadata is "almost certainly" unconstitutional, a federal judge declared in a blistering statement today. Judge Richard Leon issued an injunction banning the agency from spying on the plaintiffs in the lawsuit he was reviewing—legal analyst Larry Klayman and one of his... More »

Amnesty for Snowden? NSA Bosses Split

They fear he could reveal 'road map' of US know-how

(Newser) - 60 Minutes last night offered a window into the NSA's thinking on how to handle Edward Snowden and his cache of information. In an interview, Rick Ledgett, head of the task force investigating Snowden's impact, didn't rule out the possibility of amnesty, per CNET : It's... More »

562 Top Writers: Time for 'Bill of Digital Rights'

Authors from 81 countries cite surveillance concerns

(Newser) - Yesterday, these guys came together to call on the world to limit spying; today, the globe's leading writers are taking up the mantle. Some 562 authors, from Margaret Atwood to Don DeLillo to Ian McEwan, are following tech firms' anti-surveillance push with one of their own: They're calling... More »

Another NSA Target: World of Warcraft

Agents saw games as a 'target-rich communications network'

(Newser) - It's not just us humans who have faced NSA surveillance: Orcs and elves were also among its targets. The agency, along with its British cousin GCHQ, did some of its spying in the virtual world, through games like World of Warcraft and Second Life, the Guardian reports, based on... More »

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