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U.S. to declassify documents on NSA spy programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. The declassified documents were…

Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story

The press has lost the plot over the Snowden revelations. The fact is that the net is finished as a global network, and that US firms’ cloud services cannot be trusted Repeat after me: Edward Snowden is not the story. The story is what he has revealed about the hidden…

Holder promises not to pursue death penalty against Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the U.S. civilian court system if he were sent home, the chief U.S. prosecutor wrote in a letter to his Russian counterpart this week. In…

House leaders defend voting against bill to rein in NSA spying

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives on Thursday defended their support for a spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications after it survived a surprisingly close vote a day earlier. The House voted 217-205 on Wednesday to defeat…

Senate committee votes unanimously to sanction any country that takes Snowden

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel voted unanimously on Thursday to seek trade or other sanctions against Russia or any other country that offers asylum to former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has been holed up for weeks at a Moscow airport. The 30-member Senate…

Snowden granted papers to leave the Moscow airport and enter Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has been granted the papers that will allow him to leave the transit area of a Moscow airport where he is holed up, an airport official said on Wednesday. The official told Reuters that Snowden, who is wanted by the…

Snowden hopes to leave Moscow airport by Wednesday: lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday allowing him to end his month-long stay in the transit area of a Moscow airport and move to the city center, his Russian lawyer said on Monday. Anatoly Kucherena, who helped the American…

Watch: Famed whistleblower battles former attorney general over Edward Snowden

Wednedsay night on PBS NewsHour, Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey debated the case of Edward Snowden. Ellsberg, who was tried under the Espionage Act for leaking the Pentagon Papers, said Snowden was right to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance…

Edward Snowden’s travels overshadow his leaks in U.S. media

Edward Snowden’s revelations about a vast American data dragnet may have riveted the world for weeks, but in the United States the fugitive and his scramble for asylum are overshadowing the substance of the leaks themselves. US broadcasters last month gave wall-to-wall coverage to the bombshell leaks by Snowden, a…

WATCH LIVE: House Judiciary Committee investigates the Obama’s use of warrantless surveillance under FISA

Watch live as representatives from the Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the ACLU discuss the revelations about warrantless surveillance — including those reported by The Guardian based on Edward Snowden’s leaks. UPDATE: Apparently Raw Story has been blocked by the broadcaster from carrying the stream.…

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