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NSA's Spying Includes Most US Emails That Cross Border

Anything going abroad about foreign targets intercepted

(Newser) - The NSA is poring over pretty much all emails and texts sent across the border by Americans to look for information that might raise red flags, the New York Times reports. The revelation means that the NSA's surveillance of Americans is broader than was previously known: It's not...

Snowden to Live With American Expats

He wants to rent apartment in Russia, get a job

(Newser) - What will Edward Snowden's life (or, at least, one year of it ) in Russia be like? The NSA leaker will be living with American expatriates in their home until he can rent his own place, his Russian lawyer says, and he'll be looking for a job. "...

NSA Official: Phone-Snooping Foiled a Lone Plot

Surveillance orders declassified

(Newser) - Skeptical senators from both parties yesterday quizzed top intelligence officials about the NSA's sweeping domestic call surveillance at a testy Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Ahead of the hearing, the Obama administration declassified and released documents outlining the rules for accessing information from the surveillance program and listing multiple violations...

'Shocking' NSA Vote Signals Change Is in the Air

Glenn Greenwald: Forget left vs. right, this is authoritarianism vs. liberty

(Newser) - Republicans won't support any of President Obama's policies no matter what, right? Wrong, writes Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian , and last night's "extraordinary" NSA vote in the House is the best evidence yet that it's time to dispel this partisan myth. The House defeated an...

NSA Can Keep Snooping After Close House Vote

Amendment would have stopped the collection of phone records

(Newser) - The NSA can keep collecting the phone records of Americans, but the surveillance program just barely survived a bipartisan effort to rein it in, reports the Hill . An amendment by Michigan Republican Justin Amash would have prevented the agency from gathering data under the program revealed by Edward Snowden, but...

Snowden Could Walk Moscow Streets by Wednesday

He's hoping to be allowed to leave Moscow airport by then: lawyer

(Newser) - After a month-long layover from hell in Sheremetyevo Airport's transit area, Edward Snowden may finally be able to leave and head into Moscow on Wednesday. The NSA leaker should receive the initial response to his temporary asylum request by then, and that will allow him to exit the Moscow...

Putin on Fate of Snowden: 'How Should I Know?'

But he suggests NSA leaker might accept Moscow's rules

(Newser) - Edward Snowden will be leaving Russia ... just as soon as he can, Vladimir Putin said today. Russia will offer the NSA leaker political asylum only if he agrees to stop "harming" the US with his activities , and Putin discussed the possibility of Snowden agreeing to that condition today. Some...

Snowden Seeks Asylum in Russia: Report

At least for now, he says in meeting with Human Rights Watch

(Newser) - Edward Snowden will seek political asylum in Russia, at least temporarily, he told human rights groups in a meeting today at Sheremetyevo International Airport. The news comes via New York Times reporter Ellen Barry , who cites a Human Rights Watch researcher at the meeting. Snowden say he's fine with...

Ecuador: Snowden 'Not in Our Hands'

Correa backs farther away, says London consul made 'serious error'

(Newser) - Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is "under the care of Russian authorities" and can't leave Moscow's international airport without his US passport. In an interview with the AP this morning, Correa said he had no idea Snowden's intended destination...

Snowden's Dad: He'll Come Home If...

Lonnie Snowden sends letter to Justice Department, says son is not a traitor

(Newser) - Lonnie Snowden wants his son to come home, and he thinks he knows how to entice him to come. Snowden has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying that he's fairly confident Edward would return to the US to face trial if the Justice Department guarantees he...

Report: Firm That Does US Background Checks Cut Corners

Company allegedly skipped second step, says Washington Post

(Newser) - We already knew Edward Snowden was hired by NSA contractor Booz Allen even though his resumé had issues —but the mess surrounding how Snowden got top-secret clearance grows. The Washington Post reports that USIS, another contractor that screened Snowden for the clearance, allegedly told the government its background checks...

How Snowden Got Out of Hong Kong: Middle Name

Hong Kong accuses US of mix-up

(Newser) - The US accused China of allowing Edward Snowden to depart Hong Kong against Washington's wishes, but Hong Kong officials say a name mix-up is actually what allowed Snowden's departure. It seems Hong Kong's immigration records have the NSA leaker's middle name listed as Joseph, which is...

Putin: Snowden a Free Man, We Won't Extradite

NSA leaker is in transit area of Moscow airport

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin took time out from his visit to Finland today to confirm what everyone pretty much already knew: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is in the Moscow airport, but he's still in the transit zone and has not crossed the Russian border. He's free to go wherever he...

US, China, Russia Brawl Over Snowden

Fight over NSA leaker is going global

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is rapidly becoming one of the biggest one-man international incidents since the end of the Cold War. As the NSA whistleblower, who is believed to still be in Moscow, remains out of sight, angry words are flying between Moscow, Beijing, Quito, and Washington, the New York Times reports....

Feds Have No Idea How Much Snowden Has

Leaker's current whereabouts also a puzzle

(Newser) - Just how much does Edward Snowden know? American officials say that despite revelations in the press, they're not sure how much information about National Security Agency operations he managed to make off with, Reuters reports. Insiders say the number of documents could be in the thousands—and security agencies...

Focus on the Leaks, Not on Snowden

Ben Smith wonders why the leaker has become the story

(Newser) - Before the 24-hour news cycle, sources used to be just that—sources who perhaps revealed stories that were interesting, but who were not actually interesting themselves. Journalists often didn't even like their sources, but they liked the scoops those sources provided. That's all changed now, and Edward Snowden...

US to Russia: Hand Over Snowden

NSA leaker is supposed to be Cuba-bound

(Newser) - Edward Snowden spent the night in Moscow's airport and was expected to fly to Cuba today—but American authorities are making it clear that they'd prefer that the NSA whistleblower was enjoying their hospitality instead. In a statement, the National Security Council said it expects Moscow to look...

Chicago Teen May Be Test Case on US Surveillance

Accused bomb plotter might serve as constitutional challenge to expanded powers

(Newser) - Adel Daoud is a Chicago 19-year-old accused by the feds of trying to detonate a bomb outside a Chicago bar in 2012. His case, however, could serve as the first constitutional challenge to the government's sweeping surveillance techniques, reports the Washington Post . In a court filing yesterday, attorneys for...

Feds Charge Snowden With Spying

Criminal complaint cites espionage, asks Hong Kong to hold him

(Newser) - The US government has taken its first legal step against NSA leaker Edward Snowden , filing a criminal complaint that accuses him of espionage and theft of government property, reports the Washington Post . ( ABC News notes the complaint was unsealed today, but filed June 14.) The complaint asks Hong...

WikiLeaks to Iceland: Grant Snowden Asylum

Assange cites 'personal sympathy' for leaker

(Newser) - After a year in Ecuador's embassy , Julian Assange is now seeking asylum for someone else. WikiLeaks is in talks with Iceland's government to secure asylum for Edward Snowden, Assange said; an Iceland spokeswoman said Snowden supporters have indeed been pushing for it, the New York Times reports. The...

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