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June 11, 2013 |
Please. Let's stop focusing on the overpaid, tormented young man who last week revealed the National Security Administration's Power Point Plan for Total Electronic World Domination. Let's focus instead on what our nation's wiretapping agency has actually been up to, whether America's technology giants have been complicit in an unprecedented and sweeping electronic intrusion and, most important, whether we think allowing the government access to our phone calls, email, video and voice chats, photos and file transfers is the price we must pay for security in the post 9/11 world.
August 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the National Security Agency has overstepped its legal authority repeatedly since 2011 is likely to further erode public trust in the beleaguered intelligence service and spur new calls to constrain its authority to conduct surveillance on Americans. Several members of Congress reacted sharply to the leaked NSA audit, which documents 2,776 violations of privacy rules or court orders, mostly involving unauthorized collection of data on Americans or eavesdropping on foreign intelligence targets who entered the United States.
June 24, 2013 |
Where's Edward Snowden? Certainly I don't know; apparently, neither does the U.S. government, which wants to bring the leaker/whistle-blower/traitor/hero home to face the music for blowing the lid on the NSA's secret surveillance program. The Times on Sunday said he had fled Hong Kong for parts relatively unknown but said to include Russia, Cuba and Venezuela, with the ultimate destination Ecuador. Now, not to be a travel agent or anything, but Eddie my boy, you're heading too far south.
June 24, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- An Aeroflot flight bound for Havana that was expected to be carrying Edward Snowden and an associate reportedly took off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Monday afternoon without the two on board, leaving the whereabouts of the former National Security Agency contractor wanted on espionage charges a mystery. As the plane started to roll across the tarmac for its takeoff after some delay, a correspondent for the Russian television news network Rossiya-24 who was on board the flight, reported that there was no sign of Snowden on board.
October 31, 2013 |
In what might be regarded as having the fox guard the henhouse, a leading Russian website has hired fugitive secrets-leaker Edward Snowden to oversee its data protection. Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russian news service RIA Novosti that the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor starts his new job Friday . Kucherena declined to identify the social media site where Snowden will be working, citing "security reasons. " Snowden's Russian guardians have often expressed fears that U.S. intelligence operatives might snatch Snowden from his Russian refuge, if they can find him, and spirit him back to the United States to face espionage charges.
June 27, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Another day, another flight to Havana that Edward Snowden appears to have skipped. And another theory about when the American fugitive will leave Russia. “No seats were booked in his name for this flight,” an Aeroflot employee said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity, after the carrier's flight to Cuba departed Sheremetyevo airport. The 2:05 p.m. flight operates five times a week -- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. “Up to now he hasn't booked a seat for Saturday's flight either,” the employee said, adding that Snowden remains in the transit area of the airport, where Russian officials say he has been since arriving from Hong Kong on Sunday.
June 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A plane from Hong Kong believed to be carrying the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden landed in the Russian capital late Sunday afternoon, and authorities said he was en route to Cuba. There were conflicting reports about what precisely happened to Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities for leaking top-secret NSA information, once the flight landed at Sheremetyevo-2 Airport. He was not seen among the flight passengers emerging from passport control and customs.
July 27, 2013 |
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Does Edward Snowden know what he'd be getting into if he ends up gaining asylum here? Many Venezuelans doubt it. The former National Security Agency contractor remains in Russia seeking at least temporary asylum. But leaders in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have to varying degrees said they would be willing to take him in if he can work out a way to get to those countries. Venezuelans interviewed in recent days say they have more pressing concerns than taking in Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. government on espionage charges for having leaked details of the government's efforts to monitor email and voice communications.
July 31, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden's father said he was grateful to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government for their “courage” and “strength” in protecting his son, who is wanted for leaking top-secret U.S. security agency files. In an interview broadcast Wednesday in Russia with the Rossiya-24 television news network, Lon Snowden said his son is unlikely to get a fair trial in the United States, so Russia remains the safest place for him at the moment. “The fact is, no assurances have been made that he will be given a fair trial" in the United States, the elder Snowden said at the station's studios in Washington, where he was accompanied by a lawyer.
June 11, 2013 |
Edward J. Snowden is "a low-level disenchanted punk," says LA Observed's Marc Lacter. In the New York Times, David Brooks notes that Snowden wasn't very neighborly or much of a loving son to his mother. A front-page story Tuesday in the L.A. Times begins : "He was a high school dropout, sometime junior college student and failed Army recruit. " It's safe to say the focus of the debate over the National Security Agency's massive electronic surveillance programs has shifted to the man who unmasked himself as the leaker. This discussion will continue on Wednesday's letters page, and most of the readers who have written so far take a more positive view of Snowden than the observations above.