Edward Snowden

Putin is misunderstood, says director Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone spent hours interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin for a TV documentary. And the veteran movie director says the West has got him …

Russia

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations

Angela Merkel has served formal notice that she will lead the German wandering away from the American alliance.<p>Seven years after the end of the Second World War, on the 10th of March 1952, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the newly established Federal Republic …

United States

Making Art While Big Brother Watches

Trevor Paglen is no stranger to spy games. Over the past decade, the Berlin-based photographer has focused his lens on the secret infrastructure of surveillance, from eerie images of eavesdropping satellites streaking across starry skies to murky photographs of fiber-optic cables funneling …

The Arts

Obama’s NSA rebuked for snooping on Americans; journo says it proves wide pattern

The secret court that oversees government snooping took the Obama administration to task late last year, suggesting it created "a very serious Fourth Amendment issue" by violating rules the government itself had implemented regarding the surveillance of Americans.<p>According to top-secret documents …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Fortress Britain's Coming Crackdown

In the wake of the Manchester attack, the U.K. government is stationing troops in cities and fast-tracking new laws to access encrypted messages.<p>How do you tighten surveillance in a country that already has one of the highest levels of security monitoring in the world? Britain is about to find …

Surveillance

Report: Obama NSA Illegally Spied On Americans For Years

According to a blockbuster report from Circa.com, a Federal Intellience Surveillance Act court has now found that the Obama administration violated …

National Security Agency (NSA)

White House leakers have always existed, but this is a flood

Let’s talk about anonymous leakers, about their frequent dishonor and dishonesty, sometimes their criminality, and about the dangers of news outlets …

Donald Trump

Why does Wikipedia want to sue the NSA?

Privacy rights groups are renewing their battle against the NSA.<p>A federal appeals court in the US has revived a lawsuit led by Wikipedia that …

National Security Agency (NSA)

NSA takes one-two punch to the face

The US National Security Agency has been hit by two legal losses that may put the last part of its controversial spying program on US citizens under …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Edward Snowden Speaks Out On Communication And Change

<i>“Being criticized is the price of admission for change” – Edward Snowden, May 22, 2017</i><p>Of every business communicator, few have struck a bigger lightening rod than Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who blew the whistle on the agency’s practice of collecting private information and conducting …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Who Are the Shadow Brokers?

What is—and isn’t—known about the mysterious hackers leaking National Security Agency secrets<p>In 2013, a mysterious group of hackers that calls itself the Shadow Brokers stole a few disks full of National Security Agency secrets. Since last summer, they’ve been dumping these secrets on the internet. …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Oliver Stone On Why It’s Important To Hear Putin’s Perspective

Last year, three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone made his 20th directorial outing with <i>Snowden</i>—a look at the life of former NSA consultant and …

John Daly

Microsoft Just Built A Special Version of Windows For China

China's government officials now have a custom version of Windows.<p>Microsoft said Tuesday that its new Windows 10 China Government Edition is ready …

Microsoft

To Deepen Our Investigative Journalism, We’re Asking for Reader Support

I have spent most of my adult life reporting from war and conflict zones around the world and on the front lines of social justice struggles in the …

Journalism

A Sad Tale of a Chinese Counterintelligence Triumph

From the first Morning Jolt of the week.<p><b>A Sad Tale of a Chinese Counterintelligence Triumph</b><p>At some point during the Trump administration, we’re going …

Chelsea Manning

The Insider Threat: New Report Highlights Problems, Recommendations Resources

Earlier this month, I was in Washington D.C. presenting at ISC2’s annual CyberSecureGov Conference, which has become a top-notch federal government …

Cybersecurity

The left’s ridiculous double standard on spilling secrets

It may be too soon to tell whether Donald Trump’s presidency will survive his disclosure to the Russian foreign minister of a piece of US …

Opinion

Catch him if we can: How Edward Snowden can help solve our cyber woes

In the movie “Catch Me If You Can” based on a true case, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a young charismatic forger, Frank Abagnal Jr., who evades capture …

National Security Agency (NSA)

WikiLeaks, Snowden lawyers back Trillian whistle-blower

Cornered by the financial might of her former bosses of a Gupta-linked company, the woman who spilled the beans on Nenegate has landed the backing of …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Who will guard whistle-blowers?

It’s not easy being a whistle-blower. Take the examples of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange. In South Africa, a Ms X is facing the wrath of her …

News (South Africa)

Official Reports on the Damage Caused by Edward Snowden’s Leaks Are Totally Redacted

By Jason Leopold on Feb 25, 2015<p>Nearly two years after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of documents about highly classified government surveillance programs to journalists, intelligence officials continue to claim that his disclosures have caused grave damage to national …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn't the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It's about leakers working to undermine the president.<p>"SABOTAGE," read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump's …

Politics

The Trump news you missed: he asked Comey to jail journalists

Given how much the media has hampered his administration, Trump’s goal seems to be to snuff it out any way possible<p>By now, everyone has heard the blockbuster news that Trump allegedly asked the FBI director, James Comey, to drop the Michael Flynn investigation. But buried deep inside in the the New …

Government

The 'Leak' in the Age of Alternative Facts

From Ben Franklin to Uncle Tom’s Cabin to H.R. McMaster, a brief history of a weaponized word<p>“I think national security is put at risk by this leak and leaks like this.”<p>That was H.R. McMaster, talking to reporters on Tuesday morning. President Trump’s national security advisor was not referring, in …

H. R. McMaster

An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individual

Last week saw a few thousand devoted OpenStack community members flock to Boston to take part in the bi-annual OpenStack Summit. This summit marks a …

OpenStack

Treason: An Explainer

President Donald Trump did a very dumb thing last week when he divulged top-secret information during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister …

Russia

Families, including Filipina and daughter, who sheltered Snowden seek Canada asylum

Asylum seekers, from left, Ajith Pushpa Kumara, Vanessa Mae Rodel and her daughter Keana, Nadeeka Dilrukshi Nonis and her son Dinath and daughter …

Hong Kong

Don’t Blame NSA for Making the WannaCry Cyberattack Program

NSA deserves blame for losing the exploit kit, not for developing it in the first place.

National Security Agency (NSA)

Q&A: DeRay Mckesson on <em>Pod Save the People</em>, Snowden interview

DeRay Mckesson. Photo by Daniel Stewart.<p><b>“It happened again,”</b> began a <i>New York Times</i> article on the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in a …

Black Lives Matter

The Dangers of President Trump's Incompetence

Rather than turning to the now established drum circles that accompany every outrageous Trump story (and the beating is particularly loud with this …

Chelsea Manning