Category: Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden won’t be pressured to end asylum, Russia says

CNN, By Elise Labott and Mariano Castillo, January 24

Edward Snowden may stay in Russia longer than first thought.

Snowden has said the time isn’t right for him to return to the United States, where he could face criminal charges for leaking classified information. Russia gave him asylum for a year.

Now Russia says it will continue to extend asylum protections to Snowden and won’t send him back home.

That word came Friday from Alexy Pushkov, a legislator who is head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Duma, Russia’s lower house. He spoke about Snowden at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The Most Wanted Man In The World

Wired, By James Bamford, August 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting. Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs? In May I received an email from his lawyer, ACLU attorney Ben Wizner, confirming that Snowden would meet me in Moscow and let me hang out and chat with him for what turned out to be three solid days over several weeks. It is the most time that any journalist has been allowed to spend with him since he arrived in Russia in June 2013. But the finer details of the rendezvous remain shrouded in mystery. I landed in Moscow without knowing precisely where or when Snowden and I would actually meet. Now, at last, the details are set.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil

AFP, June 2

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview that he has applied for asylum in Brazil.

“I would love to live in Brazil,” Snowden told Brazil’s Globo TV on Sunday.

Snowden’s temporary asylum in Russia expires in August. Washington has revoked his US passport, so his travel options are limited.

Snowden, who was interviewed with reporter Glenn Greenwald by his side, said that he has formally asked several countries for asylum, including Brazil.

Edward Snowden interview

For those of you who may have missed it, Edward Snowden granted an interview to Brian Williams of NBC TV. You can watch it here. Following the segment aired on television, there was an hour-long discussion on the net containing additional footage that failed to survive the cutting room. A brief piece of that footage can be seen here.

Greenwald’s Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance

Real Clear Politics, By Toby Harnden, May 26

The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who received the trove of documents from Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, told The Sunday Times that Snowden’s legacy would be “shaped in large part” by this “finishing piece” still to come.
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NSA’s Bleeding Heart

Breaking News:

In a new leak from the NSA we have the results of the current task force assembled to deflect the blame from NSA’s Cyber unit. This task force became necessary when the Heartbleed Bug became public.

Editorial:

No matter which interpretation the Public puts on it, they all have a common thread: The NSA failed. They either didn’t know about the Bug (unlikely), or they did know about it (probable). If they knew about it and didn’t warn the American people, they failed to protect America from a very serious problem. If they knew about it and decided to use it for intelligence gathering, they made the wrong choice because America (and the world) was in greater danger from the unpatched programming flaw. No matter how you look at it, the NSA failed in its mandate to protect America. They recognize that they need a PR campaign to mitigate being blamed for their failure.

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‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’—Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer

The Dissenter/Firedoglake

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Radack said she was “stone face cold” during the interrogation but afterward was shaking and in tears. “How did he know to bring up those names?”

Notably, Radack mentioned she was told she was on an “inhibited persons list.” Jennifer Robinson, an Australian human rights lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks, discovered she was on this list in April of 2012.
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Snowden leaks: Canada ‘spied on airport travellers’

BBC, January 31

Canada’s electronic spy agency collected data from travellers passing through a major airport, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.

The CSEC collected information captured from unsuspecting passengers’ wireless devices by the airport’s free wi-fi system over two-weeks, the report says.

The revelations come from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, CBC says.

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The leaked document indicates the 2012 passenger tracking operation was a trial run of a powerful new software programme being developed jointly with the US’s National Security Agency (NSA), CBC reports.

It is now fully operational, CBC News quotes sources as saying.

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Such was the volume of data that CSEC could even track the travellers’ movements back to the days before they arrived at the airport, the experts say.

NSA spying for business – Snowden

So they start calling Snowden a Russian spy and we wonder, what’s up with that.  Turns out the accuser,  Rep Mike Rogers of the House intel committee, was challenged on why he’d make such a charge.  The response (in essence) – ‘Duh, I don’t know.’  Typical Money Party defamation from the hired help.    But, now our questions are answered.  Here’s why they have to make Snowden evil.  He’s spilling the beans on the very worst secret that he could reveal:  Snowden says NSA engages in industrial espionage: TV

matrix(Berlin, Reuters, 26 Jan) The US National Security Agency is involved in industrial espionage and will grab any intelligence it can get its hands on regardless of its value to national security, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told a German TV network.

In text released ahead of a lengthy interview to be broadcast on Sunday, ARD TV quoted Snowden saying the NSA does not limit its espionage to issues of national security and he cited German engineering firm, Siemens as one target.

“If there’s information at Siemens that’s beneficial to US national interests – even if it doesn’t have anything to do with national security – then they’ll take that information nevertheless,” Snowden said, according to ARD, which recorded the interview in Russia where he has claimed asylum.   Continue reading

How Does Tech Survive? aka: How to Implement 1984.

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Crossposted at FireDogLake.

As we now know, the NSA and its minions have penetrated CPU BIOS, Disk firmware, Operating systems, web sites, hacked the net, spoofed TCO responses and generally acted as the biggest bad-ass hackers on the planet. Their goal was universal spying and data acquisition, regardless of whether or not you were innocent. They wanted it ALL!

But to get it, the NSA enlisted the aid of some of the major American tech vendors! The CLAIM was that they were doing this to protect Americans from “terror.” It now seems that the claim was just another lie; they wanted information on everyone, Americans and non-Americans alike. History has shown that when the State wants to accumulate information on all its citizens, the reason is CONTROL, not protection. Every time a nation gathers information, sooner or later it becomes blackmail material; former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was known to have files on all sorts of people: politicians, actors, activists, negro leaders. SOME of those files may have enabled him to keep his job through several US Presidencies. State abuse of personal information is the reason why Privacy became an item worth enshrining in the Constitution of the United States of America.  Continue reading

N.S.A. Phone Surveillance Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules

New York Times, By Michael S. Schmidt, December 27

Washington — A federal judge in New York on Friday ruled that the National Security Agency’s program that is systematically keeping phone records of all Americans is lawful, creating a conflict among lower courts and increasing the likelihood that the issue will be resolved by the Supreme Court.

In the ruling, Judge William H. Pauley III, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granted a motion filed by the federal government to dismiss a challenge to the program brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had tried to halt the program.

Judge Pauley said that protections under the Fourth Amendment do not apply to records held by third parties, like phone companies.

Obama meets Internet chieftains

all-seeing_eyeTop executives at the talks included Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Tim Cook of Apple, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, Eric Schmidt of Google and Dick Costolo of Twitter.

A more disgusting, despicable and morally corrupt set of humans we’d be hard pushed to find (with the exception of Mark Zuckerberg).

This is a list of people who believe you are meat, and need to be processed and fed to the ravenous dogs of capitalism as “productive units” to be exploited in their ever waking and sleeping moment.

The only reason they are meeting with Obama is that they are (a) Upset at the damage to their revenues and (b) Upset because the NSA does not yet outsource all its activities and pay them extortionate revenues for access to the data they own about you.  Continue reading

NSA says ‘Let’s make a deal’ to Snowden

matrixWe don’t negotiate with terrorists! But apparently the United States government will negotiate with someone who they say stole their secrets. This is quite amazing. The real effect, in my opinion, is to whet the appetite of those of us who want to see just what’s so important to the government to offer up amnesty for the hand over.

The federal government can offer a Whistleblower award for meritorious action to expose government corruption.  Maybe that would be a deal sweetener.

GUARDIAN NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

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 whistleblower took from the agency.    Continue reading