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'The Snowden Files,' by Luke Harding

The Snowden Files<p>The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man<p>By Luke Harding<p>(Vintage; 346 pages; $14.95 paperback)<p>It is all too easy to think that everything that can possibly be said about the Edward Snowden revelations has already been said. Luke Harding's engaging and lucid new book, "The …

The NSA Reportedly Has Total Access To The Apple iPhone

As with most good stories, revelations of the NSA spy program will almost certainly keep getting worse before anything gets better.<p>Yesterday we reported on claims—based on leaked NSA documents—that the spy agency was rerouting laptops ordered online to install spyware and malicious hardware on the …

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.<p>An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent …

NSA Has 50,000 ‘Digital Sleeper Agents’ Via Computer Malware, Says Latest Snowden Leak

Sleeper agents are among the most sinister spy assets: they lie in wait, wolves in sheep’s clothing, and then deliver a critical blow when activated. The NSA has 50,000 of those waiting for the literal push of a button, according to the latest batch of leaked Snowden documents, as seen by Dutch …

Here's What Law Enforcement Can Recover From A Seized iPhone

You may think of your iPhone as a friendly personal assistant. But once it’s alone in a room full of law enforcement officials, you might be surprised at the revealing things it will say about you.<p>On Tuesday the American Civil Liberties Union published a report it obtained from a drug investigation …

Snowden publishes 'manifesto' as White House, lawmakers deny plea for clemency

A German news magazine published a manifesto Sunday by former U.S. intelligence contractor-turned-runaway Edward Snowden as he pleaded with the U.S. government for clemency.<p>In the statement, titled "A Manifesto for the Truth" and published by German news magazine Der Spiegel, Snowden said current …

White House rejects clemency for Edward Snowden over NSA leaks

The White House and leading lawmakers have rejected Edward Snowden's plea for clemency and said he should return to the United States to face trial.<p>Dan Pfeiffer, an Obama administration adviser, said on Sunday the NSA whistleblower's request was not under consideration and that he should face …

REPORT: Edward Snowden Spent His 30th Birthday In The Russian Consulate In Hong Kong

A Western source reportedly confirmed the report to the paper, saying that "Russians themselves invited Snowden, passing the invitation on to him via the Chinese who were happy to get rid of him," according to Agence France-Presse's translation.<p>Kommersant noted that the U.S. reportedly requested …

NSA reportedly bugged UN offices, hacked into video conferencing feeds

The NSA bugged offices in the UN's New York headquarters as part of a comprehensive surveillance program, says <i>Der Spiegel</i>. According to files leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency has bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates under a program called the "Special Collection Service." The program is …

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.<p>The technology …

WSJ reports NSA spying capabilities cover up to 75 percent of US internet traffic

The question of how much contact the NSA has with internet traffic throughout the US is being raised again, this time by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Yesterday <i>The Atlantic</i> took issue with the security agency's mathematics and 1.6 percent claim, while the <i>WSJ</i> report looks more closely at its reach into …

Edward Snowden NSA files: secret surveillance and our revelations so far

In the 11 weeks since the Guardian published its first revelations from top-secret material leaked by the NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the paper has published more than 300 stories on the surveillance state and the political fallout from the revelations.<p>The disclosures shed unprecedented light on …

Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules thousands of times

The White House on Friday said the Obama administration was committed to ensuring intelligence programs don't violate Americans' privacy, following news that the National Security Agency broke privacy rules and exceeded its legal authority thousands of times since it was given new powers in 2008, …

U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border

Laura Poitras makes award-winning controversial films, and is targeted by the U.S. government as a result<p>Glenn Greenwald<p>April 8, 2012 10:37am (UTC)<p>One of the more extreme government abuses of the post-9/11 era targets U.S. citizens re-entering their own country, and it has received far too little …

Germany ends spy pact with US and UK after Snowden

<b>Germany has cancelled a Cold War-era pact with the US and Britain in response to revelations about electronic surveillance operations.</b><p>Details of snooping programmes involving the transatlantic allies have been leaked to the media by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.<p>The revelations have …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data<br>• NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches<br>• Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history<br>• NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts …

Public Opinion May Give Russia An Edge In Snowden Case

Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps insisting that he doesn't want the case of a fugitive American intelligence contractor to harm relations between Russia and the United States.<p>But Edward Snowden remains an irritant, stuck in diplomatic limbo in the transit area of a Moscow airport.<p>A Putin …

The Government's Coming For Your Encrypted Data Next

In the midst of the revelations about the NSA's sweeping surveillance program, many people held out hope that the news reports simply weren't …

Encryption

Apple, Google, others seek to disclose more details on data snooping

The tech industry wants to come clean -- or at least cleaner -- about its role in providing user data to the government and is asking the feds for permission to do so.<p>In a letter sent Thursday to the White House and Congress, dozens of organizations involved in or concerned about the National …

U.S. Government Gets Approval to Keep Tracking Phone Records

Well, at least this time they are telling everyone their phone records are being collected.<p>The U.S. government said Friday that the secret foreign …

Lawyer: Snowden Could Leave Moscow Airport Within A Week

A day after submitting an application for temporary asylum in Russia, the lawyer representing Edward Snowden tells Russia's Interfax news agency that the NSA leaker could leave the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport within a week.<p>Reuters reports:<p>"Anatoly Kucherena, who is helping Snowden …

Skepticism grows among lawmakers over NSA surveillance

Both Republicans and Democrats express reservations about NSA programs during hearing.<p>WASHINGTON—Republican and Democrat lawmakers expressed renewed skepticism Wednesday about the scope of the government's surveillance operations and threatened to revoke authority for one of the programs recently …

Glenn Greenwald Will Write a Book on Snowden and the NSA

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>We all knew that the saga of Edward Snowden and his NSA leaks would eventually get the tell-all book …

Snowden's disclosure prompts global debate over privacy versus national security

The National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs were the subject of a testy open hearing in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.<p>Those programs are not so secret, of course, since Edward Snowden blew their cover with his leaks a few weeks ago.<p>While the leaks focused on surveillance …

Edward Snowden accuses US of illegal, aggressive campaign

The American whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the US of waging a campaign of "historically disproportionate aggression" against him during an …

Venezuela's Maduro offers Snowden a home

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his government has received an asylum application from US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and the fugitive must now decide if he wants to fly to Caracas.<p>"We have received the asylum request letter," Maduro said on Monday from the presidential palace. "He …