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Chelsea Manning: ‘I don’t consider myself a pacifist’

Chelsea Manning on Wednesday insisted that the biggest intelligence leak in US history was not motivated by pacifism, but by her desire for transparency. The former US Army intelligence analyst is currently serving a 35-year jail sentence for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the WikiLeaks website. The…

U.S. tech sector feels pain from NSA PRISM revelations

Revelations about vast US data collection programs are starting to hit American tech companies, which are ramping up pressure for increased transparency to try to mitigate the damage. An industry group, the Cloud Security Alliance said last month that 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with…

Twitter report: U.S. leads the world in demands for user information

Twitter revealed on Wednesday that government demands for information about users rose in the first half of this year, with US authorities accounting for more than three-quarters of the requests. Governments submitted a total of 1,157 requests for information about Twitter accounts, with 78 percent of those queries coming from…

Hillary Clinton in Africa on U.S. trade drive

LUSAKA (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wanted to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent’s people, warning against a “new colonialism” as China expands its presence. In Zambia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour, Clinton defended US policies…

Democrats broaden push for campaign donor transparency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic congressman filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, widening efforts to expose anonymous campaign donations as the 2012 U.S. election gets under way. Representative Chris van Hollen, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee, filed the suit challenging FEC…

McCaskill fails to pay $287K in taxes on ‘damn plane’

In a quickly arranged conference call with reporters Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) admitted that she had failed to pay $287,283 in personal property taxes on a private plane. McCaskill said that she would immediately send a check to St. Louis County to cover the back taxes not paid between…

Flashback: Sec. Clinton hailed Internet freedom as tool to ‘spread truth and expose injustice’

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a public speech in January 2010 championing Internet freedom as a vital tool to open governments and promote transparency, while criticizing “dictatorships” who seek to target those who use technology to expose their transgressions. “In many respects, information has never been so free,”…

Transparency groups slam lobbyists for plotting ‘sufficient cover’ to buy elections

WASHINGTON — Corporate lobbyists are openly discussing how to sway elections while dodging “public scrutiny” and attaining “sufficient cover” for their intended practices, earning a sharp rebuke from transparency groups and commentators. MSNBC host Keith Olbermann shed light Wednesday night on the opportunities for corporations to skirt transparency in their…

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