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July 7, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
An influential Russian lawmaker on Sunday advised fugitive leaker Edward Snowden to take up Venezuela's offer of asylum, deeming it his "last chance" and cautioning that the leaker of U.S. security secrets can't live at Moscow's airport forever. It was a clear sign from the Kremlin that it has tired of the international standoff over Snowden, the 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed classified information about widespread U.S. surveillance of worldwide telephone and Internet contacts.
March 10, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Fugitive secrets-leaker Edward Snowden made a rare video appearance Monday at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, condemning mass government surveillance and urging members of the tech-savvy audience to take action against it. Speaking from Russia, where he was granted asylum, the former National Security Agency contractor said "absolutely, yes" he would leak secret government information again. Snowden has been charged with espionage for releasing a trove of intelligence-gathering secrets.
June 11, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
If Edward J. Snowden, who says he leaked National Security Agency secrets, wants to stay out of the clutches of U.S. judicial authorities, his choices for seeking asylum are few and, literally, far between. Only Iceland would seem to meet the conditions of the former CIA employee's plan to seek haven in  “countries that believe in free speech and oppose the victimization of global privacy.” The 29-year-old Snowden has reportedly called America's spying capabilities "horrifying," but the post-bipolar world is a much less friendly place for those whose offenses might be considered treason, even in the cause of revolution.
March 10, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Edward Snowden brought no bombshells when he arrived to an excited round of applause Monday, his stubbled face relaxed as it was beamed in from across the continents for a "virtual conversation" about the vulnerability of personal data. His presence was event enough. Public appearances by the former National Security Agency contractor and U.S. exile are rare, and this one was beamed in from an undisclosed location in Russia via several online proxies for his own security, a bit of technological cloak-and-dagger that could only add to his mystique for the three roomfuls of international tech specialists struggling to hear his words in video that was choppy and often inaudible.
July 31, 2013 | By Michael McGough
They call it the “Snowden effect.” Whatever you think of fugitive former National Security Agency consultant Edward J. Snowden -- hero, traitor, something in between -- his revelations about electronic surveillance programs have inspired a debate about broad questions of policy that was impossible because of the secrecy that enshrouded the programs themselves and their legal rationale. And that debate in turn has prompted defenders of the program to acknowledge that it can be reformed.
February 27, 2007 | Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
Frank M. Snowden Jr., a Howard University classicist whose research into blacks in ancient Greece and Rome opened a new field of study, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living home in Washington, D.C. He was 95 and had congestive heart failure. As a black man, Snowden was a rarity in classics, but ancient history consumed him since his youth as a prize-winning student at Boston Latin School and later Harvard University. His body of work led to a National Humanities Medal in 2003, a top government honor for scholars, writers, actors and artists.
November 10, 2001
In "Catch-22," Joseph Heller wrote, "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" Thanks for answering that question with Christopher Reynolds' profile of soldier-artist Master Sgt. Henrietta Snowden ("Art Enlisted to Serve History," Oct. 29). Her drawing of the Pentagon titled "September 11" moved me more than any other image I have seen since the events of Sept. 11 unfolded. I hope Snowden receives her orders to Central Asia soon. I look forward to seeing more of her work. KEITH JOHN SCHOOSE Long Beach
August 1, 2013 | By Ted Rall
Prison hunger strikes like the one going in California right now are a desperate cri de coeur aimed at the conscience of society to draw attention to injustice. But what if society has no conscience?  ALSO: Give Snowden his due: He made a surveillance debate possible Are women stupid? New Texas abortion bill treats them that way Malibu residents' retort: 'We are hospitable to you nasty tourists' Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
April 14, 1993 | LILY DIZON
A Superior Court judge has ordered Police Chief David L. Snowden to reinstate an officer who was fired for abandoning a drunken and injured homeless man outside a hospital and then falsely reporting the incident. In a written decision last week, Judge William P.
June 10, 2013 | Bob Drogin and Katherine Skiba
Calling America's spying capabilities "horrifying," a 29-year-old former CIA employee revealed himself Sunday as the primary source of unauthorized disclosures of highly classified U.S. telephone and Internet surveillance systems that were among the intelligence community's most closely held secrets. Both the Washington Post and the British newspaper the Guardian said Edward J. Snowden gave them his consent to reveal his identity as an analyst for the National Security Agency, which is America's largest spy organization and conducts cyber-spying.
February 14, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to an NSA memo sent to Congress. The other two were an active-duty member of the military and a civilian contractor. The memo does not describe their conduct, but says they were barred from the NSA and its systems in August.
February 4, 2014
Re "Snowden's weasel ways," Opinion, Jan. 31 Granted, journalist and former CIA officer Frank Snepp deserves credit for blowing the whistle on how America behaved during its inglorious exit from Saigon in 1975. But for him to claim that "I was the Snowden of my day" is a bit of a stretch. What Snepp revealed took a lot of courage, but most of us understand that when dealing with foreign governments - even our allies - American foreign policy has a long tradition of being two-faced, erratic and, at times, deceitful.
January 31, 2014 | Frank Snepp, Frank Snepp, a Peabody Award-winning journalist, has written two CIA memoirs
Granting Edward Snowden clemency, as many have urged, would send a terrible message to other potential whistle-blowers. Yes, he may have sparked an important national privacy debate, but he did so through reprehensible actions that harmed national security. If that's a harsh verdict, I have earned the right to it. In terms of sheer media hype, I was the Snowden of my day, a disaffected ex-spy who, in the late 1970s and early '80s, rocked the security community by publishing a memoir about intelligence failures I'd witnessed as a CIA officer during the last years of the Vietnam War. I did so only after the agency backhanded my repeated requests for an in-house review of our mistakes and refused to help me or anyone else rescue Vietnamese allies abandoned during the evacuation of Saigon.
January 29, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Insiders like Edward Snowden who leak secrets about sensitive U.S. intelligence programs pose a potentially greater danger to national security than terrorists, America's spy chiefs warned Wednesday in their annual report to Congress on global security risks. For the first time, the risk of unauthorized disclosures of classified material and state-sponsored theft of data was listed as the second-greatest potential threat to America in a review of global perils prepared by the U.S. intelligence community.
January 24, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi brushed back the assertions of leading Republicans that the former NSA contractor who leaked details of American spying was a “traitor,” but said Friday that Edward Snowden needs to return and face trial, or reach a plea deal, for his deeds. At a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters, Pelosi navigated between those who consider Snowden's actions unpatriotic and others grateful that he laid bare America's spying secrets - the latter group comprised of many of Pelosi's natural constituents on the Democratic left.
January 23, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took a strong stand Thursday against granting amnesty to Edward Snowden, but did not rule out the possibility of plea negotiations. “He broke the law,” Holder said in an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber about  Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage for releasing intelligence-gathering secrets. “In fact he caused harm to our national security and I think he has to be held accountable for his actions," Holder said.
August 19, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
The harassment by U.K. authorities of Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, as he traveled through England on his way from Berlin to his home in Brazil on Sunday should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following the story of National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden and his interlocutor, the American documentarian Laura Poitras. The price that governments exact of those who embarrass them is steep, and there will probably be years of this treatment for journalists like Poitras, the person to whom Snowden first revealed his trove of stolen documents, and Greenwald, who in collaboration with Poitras has written most of the Guardian stories about NSA and FISA Court overreaches . Poitras, who is not a terrorist, has lost count of the number of times she has been detained at airports for no apparent reason under laws aimed at stopping terrorism.
July 18, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - The judge in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday turned down a defense request to dismiss the most serious charge against him -- aiding the enemy -- setting in motion closing arguments in the first of a pair of high-profile cases against government leakers. The decision by Col. Denise Lind means that Manning, 25, who provided the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks with more than 700,000 classified war documents, State Department cables, combat videos and other items, could ultimately be sentenced to life in a military brig with no possibility of parole if the judge finds him guilty of aiding the enemy.
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The National Security Agency collects nearly 200 million text messages per day from around the world as part of a program code named Dishfire, according to a new report based on data leaked by Edward Snowden. The NSA gathers text messages with Dishfire to collect all kinds of information, including where people are traveling to and their financial transactions, according to The Guardian and Britain's Channel 4 News . The two news organizations used documents provided by Snowden to uncover the program.
January 9, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian and Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon report concludes that leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have set back U.S. efforts against terrorism, cybercrime, human trafficking and weapons proliferation, leaders of the House Intelligence Committee say. A damage assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency indicates most of the estimated 1.7 million classified documents that officials say Snowden copied from NSA computers involve...
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