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Edward Snowden revealed as NSA whistleblower: ‘I have no intention of hiding’

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as…

‘Boundless Informant’: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data

Revealed: The NSA’s powerful tool for cataloging data – including figures on US collection The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it…

FLASHBACK: Watch this 2006 PBS ‘NewsHour’ debate on the NSA’s phone call surveillance program

Under a top-secret court order issued using a provision of the Patriot Act, the United States government has been collecting phone records of millions of American…  …

Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday. The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized…

What telephone metadata can tell the authorities about you

When does mass data collection get personal? When it comes to the contents of our communications – what we say on the phone, or in emails – most people agree that’s private information, and so does US law and the constitution. But when it comes to who we speak to,…

Sequel to SOPA could see NSA spy on journalists, media pirates

If you download and distribute copyrighted material on the Internet, or share any information that governments or corporations find inconvenient, you could soon be labeled a threat to national security in the United States. That’s the aim of a bill in Congress called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act…

‘Total Information Awareness’ surveillance program returns, bigger than ever

A new feature story in this month’s Wired blows the lid off plans for a massive new National Security Agency data center in Utah that represents the resurrection of a program that Congress killed in 2003, known as “Total Information Awareness,” targeting literally all electronic communications all over the world —…

NSA whistleblower sentenced to one year’s probation

WASHINGTON — A former high-ranking US intelligence official who was accused of passing classified information from the secretive National Security Agency (NSA) to a reporter was sentenced Friday to a year’s probation. The sentence handed down by a US federal judge against Thomas Drake, 54, a former executive at the…

Manning claimed to have ‘source’ in Obama’s administration, chat logs reveal

Update: A response from Wired editor Kevin Poulsen has been included at the end of this report. Internet communications between the U.S. Army private who is accused of leaking government secrets to WikiLeaks and the ex-hacker who turned him in have finally been released in full. The comlete conversations between…

NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake to plead guilty in plea deal

WASHINGTON — An ex-senior official in the top secret US National Security Agency will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer in a classified information leak case, court papers have shown. Thomas Drake, 54, had been accused of leaking classified information to a newspaper reporter and was charged…

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