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Obama 'hijacks' tech executive meeting to make 'PR pitch' on Obamacare website fix instead of dealing with NSA surveillance

• <b>'We didn't really care for a PR pitch' about Obamacare, said one executive</b>• <b><br>The White House telegraphed in advance that the president wanted to talk up</b> …

Edward Snowden: the truth about US surveillance will emerge

In a live chat with Guardian readers, NSA whistleblower says US leaders cannot 'cover this up by jailing or murdering me'<p>The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that the truth about the extent of surveillance carried out by US authorities would emerge, even if he was eventually silenced.<p>In …

Apple follows Facebook's lead and reveals US surveillance requests

Tech giant promises that iMessage, FaceTime, location details and Siri requests remain private in effort to reassure customers<p>Apple has joined rivals including Facebook, Google and Twitter in calling on the US government to allow it to publish more details of the secret court orders its receives to …

G20 summit: NSA targeted Russian president Medvedev in London

Leaked documents reveal Russian president was spied on during visit, as questions are raised over use of US base in Britain<p>American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in …

NSA leaks: US and Britain team up on mass surveillance

Latest revelations from Edward Snowden show that the state risks crossing ever more ethical and legal boundaries<p>Twelve years ago, in an almost forgotten report, the European parliament completed its investigations into a long-suspected western intelligence partnership dedicated to global signals …

Snowden spy row grows as US is accused of hacking China

Whistleblower charged with espionage reportedly claims US authorities accessed millions of private text messages in China<p>Edward Snowden, the former CIA technician who blew the whistle on global surveillance operations, has opened a new front against the US authorities, claiming they hacked into …

Edward Snowden arrives in Moscow

NSA whistleblower lands in Russia after Hong Kong allows him to leave, with WikiLeaks saying it is providing assistance<p>Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, has arrived in Moscow after Hong Kong authorities allowed him to leave despite a US request for his arrest.<p>In a statement, WikiLeaks said the …

Senators accuse government of using 'secret law' to collect Americans' data

Bipartisan group seeks answers from intelligence chief James Clapper over scale of and justification for NSA surveillance<p>• Read the letter from the 26 US senators here<p>A bipartisan group of 26 US senators has written to intelligence chiefs to complain that the administration is relying on a "secret …

The NSA's mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians

As it does in many non-adversarial countries, the surveillance agency is bulk collecting the communications of millions of citizens of Brazil<p>I've written an article on NSA surveillance for the front page of the Sunday edition of O Globo, the large Brazilian newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro. The …

Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

• Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls • Company says it is legally compelled to comply<p>Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services …

Edward Snowden accuses US of illegal, aggressive campaign

Whistleblower uses first public appearance since surveillance leaks to defend decision and praise states that offered asylum<p>The American whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the US of waging a campaign of "historically disproportionate aggression" against him during an extraordinary meeting …

Secret court lets NSA extend its trawl of Verizon customers' phone records

Latest revelation an indication of how Obama administration has opened up hidden world of mass communications surveillance<p>The National Security Agency has been allowed to extend its dragnet of the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon through a court order issued by the secret …

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

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

Catch-all Espionage Act would leave Snowden with little room for defence

If Edward Snowden is ever brought back for trial in the US, he would almost certainly be prosecuted under a law dating back to the first world war and which lawyers say is so broadly worded it would leave the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower with little room for a defence.<p>The 1917 …

Edward Snowden vows not to 'hide from justice' amid new hacking claims

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden vowed on Wednesday to fight any move by the US to have him extradited from Hong Kong, saying he was not there to "hide from justice" and would put his trust in its legal system.<p>In his first comments since revealing his identity in the Guardian at the weekend, …

NSA surveillance played little role in foiling terror plots, experts say

Obama administration says NSA data helped make arrests in two important cases – but critics say that simply isn't true<p>Lawyers and intelligence experts with direct knowledge of two intercepted terrorist plots that the Obama administration says confirm the value of the NSA's vast data-mining …

FBI chief Mueller says spy tactics could have stopped 9/11 attacks

Robert Mueller dismisses congressional concerns and vows to take action against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden<p>The FBI has shrugged off growing congressional anxiety over its surveillance of US citizens, claiming such programs could have foiled the 9-11 terrorist attacks and would prevent "another …

Senators challenge NSA's claim to have foiled 'dozens' of terror attacks

Mark Udall and Ron Wyden – critics of NSA's surveillance – say they want proof that programs have disrupted plots against US<p>Two prominent Senate critics of the NSA's dragnet surveillance have challenged the agency's assertion that the spy efforts helped stop "dozens" of terror attacks.<p>Mark Udall …

Edward Snowden is a 'traitor' and possible spy for China – Dick Cheney

Senior officials from the current and previous US administrations lined up on Sunday to defend the government sweep of phone and internet records and condemn the whistleblower who revealed the secret surveillance programmes.<p>The White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, said President Barack …

Welcome to Utah, the NSA's desert home for eavesdropping on America

The NSA's new $1.7bn facility in the heart of Mormon country has the potential to snoop on US citizens for decades to come<p>Drive south down Camp Williams Road, a highway outside Salt Lake City, and your eye is drawn to the left. A gun-mounted helicopter and other military hardware marks the entrance …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication<p>• Document one: procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons • Document two: procedures used by NSA to minimise data collected from US persons<p>Top secret documents submitted to the court …

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

• Key official tells CBS 'it's worth having a conversation' • State Department and other key figures oppose deal<p>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 …