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.
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 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint charging self-proclaimed NSA leaker Edward Snowden with two violations of the Espionage Act and the theft of government property, the first step in a process they hope will bring him back to this country to face trial. The charges filed under the Espionage Act were unauthorized communication of national defense information and providing U.S. classified intelligence to an unauthorized person. The complaint was filed under seal June 14 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., and made public Friday evening by government officials.
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.
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.
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 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden used a computer thumb drive to smuggle highly classified documents out of an NSA facility in Hawaii, using a portable digital device supposedly barred inside the cyber spying agency, U.S. officials said. Investigators “know how many documents he downloaded and what server he took them from,” said one official who would not be named while speaking about the ongoing investigation. Snowden worked as a system administrator, a technical job that gave him wide access to NSA computer networks and presumably a keen understanding of how those networks are monitored for unauthorized downloads.
June 18, 2013 |
Does the story of Edward Snowden not scream political thriller? The 29-year-old analyst disappeared from his Hong Kong hotel room a day after his identity was revealed as the person responsible for leaking secrets about U.S. government surveillance programs. In his 12-minute video interview with the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Snowden said the CIA could grab him at any moment or pay off a Chinese triad to kill him. PHOTOS: Famous document-leakers...
December 18, 2013 |
Edward Snowden should be proud. Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government. The president was on board; the people running the program were his appointees. The House and Senate intelligence committees knew what was going on and chose not to stop it. And the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews NSA activities in secret, hadn't objected.
August 1, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden finally managed to break free of his confinement at the transit zone of Moscow's international airport when he was granted Russian travel documents Thursday, after which he hopped in a cab and left for a secret location, his Russian lawyer said. “Edward was granted a one-year asylum and I just saw him to a taxi out of the airport,” Anatoly Kucherena said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It is up to him to choose a residence inside Russia, but his location will remain secret for the duration of his stay.” “For the most wanted man on earth," Kucherena added, "personal safety is his No. 1 priority now.” Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking highly classified documents from his work as a consultant for the National Security Agency, had been effectively trapped at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23, when he arrived on a flight from Hong Kong.