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US Politicians issues Warning to Russia as Edward Snowden arrives in Moscow


Senator warns Vladimir Putin of 'serious consequences' if country neglects to send NSA whistleblower back to US

Dominic Rushe in New York, guardian.co.uk, Sunday 23 June 2013




US senator Chuck Schumer said of Russia: 'That's not how allies should treat each other.'
Photograph: Butsenko Anton/Corbis


US politicians attacked Vladimir Putin on Sunday and called for Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who admitted leaking top secret spying documents.

As Snowden landed in Moscow after leaving Hong Kong, where the US had requested his arrest, leading Democratic senator Chuck Schumer accused the Russian president of sticking a finger in the eye of the US.

"The bottom line is very simple: allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden," Schumer said on CNN's State of the Union.

"That's not how allies should treat each other and I think it will have serious consequences for the United States-Russia relationship."

Mike Rogers, chairman of the House permanent select committee on intelligence, told NBC's Meet The Press that he did not have information that Putin had prior knowledge of Snowden's flight plans but "it wouldn't surprise me".

"Putin has been planting a thorn in the world's side in Syria. We think they may not be playing honest with respect to the nuclear treaty. They are very aggressive around the world," he said. "I'm sure they would love to have a little bit of coffee and some conversation with Mr Snowden."

He added that the US should use "every legal avenue" to bring Snowden back to the US. "We will continue with extradition activities wherever he turns up."

Rogers said the leaks had damaged national security and "bad guys overseas have changed the way they operate" as a result of the leaks.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News that Russia should "hold this fellow and send him back here for justice".

"I don't think he's a hero, I believe he hurt our nation. He compromised the national security program designed to find out what terrorists were up to," he said.

However, amid the backlash against Russia, politicians and others also rounded on the Obama administration. Graham questioned why Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong in the first place. "I'd like to find out why our papers were not in compliance. That would be a big mistake by the Department of Justice," he said.

Republican senator Rand Paul attacked national intelligence director James Clapper, who earlier this month admitted to giving the "least untruthful" answer to Congress when asked about the extent of US surveillance of American citizens.

Paul told CNN: "I think it is still going to be an open question with history about how this young man is judged. I do think when history looks at this they are going to contrast the behaviour of James Clapper, our national intelligence director, with Edward Snowden. Mr Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security. Mr Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy." He said both had broken the law.

On Saturday House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was booed by a crowd during a speech at activist meeting Netroots Nation when she said Snowden had broken the law.

Pelosi was heckled as she spoke about the need to balance privacy and security. One man yelled: "It's not a balance, it makes us less safe." Another shouted: "You suck!"

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SITES THAT THE NSA (PRISM) ARE SPYING ON YOUR MOVEMENTS/ACTIONS/INFO


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A Quote made today on CNN that will go down in History- from NSA's "Intelligent" Director, Keith Alexander:

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Whistleblower Snowden Escapes Arrest in Hong Kong - Thanks to US Errors

Edward Snowden heads for Ecuador after flight to Russia leaves authorities in US amazed and infuriated


Tania Branigan in Hong Kong, Miriam Elder in Moscow and Nick Hopkins, The Guardian, Sunday 23 June 2013



Journalists show a picture of Edward Snowden, to passengers arriving in Moscow from Aeroflot flight SU213. Photograph: Igor Kharitonov/EPA

Edward Snowden was five hours into his flight from Hong Kong, having already been served one of two hot meals, when news of his departure to Moscow began to electrify media organisations all over the world.

The Hong Kong authorities waited until Snowden was safely out of Chinese airspace before sending out a short press release that confirmed the intelligence whistle-blower had been allowed to leave on Aeroflot flight SU213, bound for Russia.

The 30-year-old had not been stopped on his way to Chek Lap Kok airport, and was allowed to slip away on a hot and humid morning, despite American demands that he be arrested and extradited to face trial for espionage offences.

The reason?

The Americans had mucked up the legal paperwork, the authorities claimed in a statement released at 4.05pm local time.


Hong Kong had no choice but to let the 30-year-old leave for "a third country through a lawful and normal channel".

If the sudden "discovery" of a flaw in legal proceedings prompted sighs of relief around the island and across the rest of China, there would have been sharp intakes of breath in Washington and London, where diplomats and intelligence officials had been hoping the net around Snowden was finally tightening.

A fortnight into a series of revelations that have embarrassed and infuriated the National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ, their target was on the move again, heading, it seems, to central or south America, and potentially beyond the reach of authorities that could try to shut him up.

The escape from Hong Kong was another audacious move from Snowden, who went to ground a week ago and has not been seen since.

It was choreographed with the help of WikiLeaks, whose legal director is Baltasar Garzón, the former Spanish judge who enraged the British government by issuing an international warrant for the arrest in the UK of former Chilean president General Augusto Pinochet. "The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden's rights and protecting him as a person," Garzón said.

Once on board the Airbus A330-300, and for perhaps the first time in two weeks, Snowden would have been unaware of the diplomatic rows raging 40,000ft below him, as American officials woke up to find that the former NSA contractor had eluded them again and China reacted with indignation to his latest revelations.


The White House appears to have been caught flat-footed by the latest manoeuvres. On Saturday, President Obama's national security adviser, Tom Donilon, told CBS news he expected Hong Kong to arrest Snowden because it "has been a historically good partner of the United States in law enforcement matters and we expect them to comply with the treaty in this case".

Lawyers in Hong Kong thought so too, and reacted with amazement to the statement from the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region (HKSAR).

Simon Young, a public law specialist at the University of Hong Kong, said the decision was "a shocker".

"The US government will be irate with their Hong Kong counterparts [and] may even question whether the Hong Kong government was acting in good faith pursuant to their treaty obligations. I'm surprised."

Ronny Tong Ka-wah, a barrister and legislator for the pro-democracy Civic party, said letting Snowden leave with a minimum of fuss must have been China's preferred option.

"If Beijing was to refuse to surrender Snowden, that might harm Sino-US relations. On the other hand, if Beijing was to allow Snowden to surrender, it might well be subject to criticism both here in Hong Kong and in European countries making noises about the conduct of the US."

The formal response from the US department of justice was measured.

"We will continue to discuss this matter with Hong Kong and pursue relevant law enforcement co-operation with other countries where Mr Snowden may be attempting to travel," a statement said.

But on Capitol Hill there was undisguised fury, particularly when it emerged that Snowden appeared to be intending to leave Moscow for Cuba, and then possibly Venezuela or Ecuador.

"Every one of those nations is hostile to the United States," fumed Mike Rogers, chair of the House intelligence committee. "The US government must exhaust all legal options to get him back. When you think about what he says he wants and what his actions are, it defies logic."

Democrat senator Charles Schumer said Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, "always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States, whether it is Syria, Iran and now, of course, with Snowden".

General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, was withering too. "[Snowden] is clearly an individual who's betrayed the trust and confidence we had in him. This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent."

The row overshadowed further revelations about the scope of US spying activities. Snowden left Hong Kong reeling after disclosing to the South China Morning Post that the NSA had targeted Chinese phone companies in a mass trawl of texts and phone calls.

After years of being condemned by Washington for industrial-scale stealing and spying in cyberspace, Beijing seized the opportunity to hit back, while swerving around awkward questions about Snowden himself.

The official Xinhua news agency said the revelations had "put Washington in a really awkward situation. Washington should come clean about its record first. The United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age."

In Moscow, meanwhile, various welcoming parties gathered at Terminal F of Sheremetyevo international airport in anticipation of Snowden's arrival. The biggest comprised reporters from the world's media, who assembled airside to greet the US fugitive and his travelling companion, Sarah Harrison, who works for WikiLeaks.

Neither of them emerged into the public lounges, provoking a new round of conspiracy theories and rumours about where they might have gone.

Russian security vehicles surrounded the plane when it landed, while plain-clothed Russian agents trawled the terminal, deflecting questions about which state agency they represented by pretending to be businessmen from Munich and journalists from state-run NTV.

Then a Venezuelan contingent was said to be there, fuelling speculation that Snowden was being whisked away to the country's embassy in Moscow, and his final destination was Caracas.

But by early evening it appeared Snowden had not left the airport at all, and Quito was a more likely final destination. The Ecuadorian foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, on an official visit to Vietnam, tweeted that Snowden had sought political asylum in his country.

An Aeroflot source quoted by Interfax said Snowden had taken a small overnight "capsule" room at a hotel in terminal E.

"He has arrived. He cannot leave the terminal, since he doesn't have a Russian visa," the source was quoted as saying.


The appearance at the airport of Ecuador's ambassador, Patricio Chávez, added to the melee.

The envoy appeared lost as he wandered around the terminal, approaching a group of journalists to ask: "Do you know where he is? Is he coming here?" A reporter replied: "We thought you did."

Before wandering off, Chávez admitted he hoped to see Snowden because "we have an interest in knowing what is happening to him". And, perhaps, how he had got there in the first place.

As Snowden settled in for the night, the American authorities announced they had revoked his passport before he had got on the flight from Hong Kong, and they hoped Moscow might intervene on their behalf.

But Russian officials have given no indication that they have any interest in detaining Snowden or have any grounds to do so. Far from it. The foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said Russia would be willing to consider granting asylum if Snowden were to make such a request.

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Petition To Preemptively Pardon Ed Snowden Reaches Goal Of 100k Signatures

Rick Falkvinge: 24 Jun 2013

These petitions, as defined and set up by the U.S. administration in the White House, are a way for citizens to call attention to issues they want to be taken seriously. This particular petition is unusually clear in its language, where most are rather poorly worded and ambiguous:
Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.
Now, regardless of success in terms of signature count, it is important to remember that this is a petition – not a legislation. This is not a binding parliamentary vote that reached its goal of majority. It is a voice of dissent against the administration’s persecuting an important whistleblower, and it is a voice of strong dissent against the administration’s ubiquitous wiretapping. They are going to ignore it completely – on its own. But the persistent drop hollows the stone. This was but one fall of the drop. Snowden’s pardon petition needs to be one of many, many initiatives that voice dissent in the coming weeks and months.

It is also reasonable to ask if one should be speaking in terms of “pardon” in the first place, as though the man was a criminal rather than a responsible citizen with higher morals than most could hope to achieve in a lifetime.
In this affair, the surveillance hawks are the criminals who should be seeking pardon, and no one else.
We think the key message to get across is the first part of the petition: “Edward Snowden is a hero”.

On its own, this petition stands as much chance of changing an ivory-tower establishment attitude as the massive protests after the raid and verdict against The Pirate Bay did. At that time, the establishment reacted with – at most – a condescending “good for them nerds to get some sunlight”. That holier-than-thou tone of voice changed radically when the Pirate Party kicked officials out of office to take their seats in the following elections. One step at a time, one voicing of dissent at a time. Every step is important. For example, don’t miss the similar Avaaz petition that is currently in excess of one million signatures.

To be honest, it is also fair to say that the
administration has little reason to take their petition seriously on its own after a petition to build a Death Star reached the same kind of goal. While obviously tongue-in-cheek, and given exactly that sort of response from the administration, that petition set the bar for the seriousness of other White House petitions.

This was one successful step of dissent against the surveillance state, and for the freedom of the press that counteracts it.

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So where IS Edward Snowden? Russia accused of play Cold War games with U.S. and acting as 'travel agent' for NSA.
Whistleblower fails to board Cuba flight and disappears





The 30-year-old failed to travel on an Aeroflot flight out of Moscow to Cuba as expected, raising the possibility that the FSB intelligence service - which would have huge interest in his secrets - was acting as his travel agent. Snowden accompanied by Briton Sarah Harrison is seeking to reach Ecuador hoping for political asylum so defying a last ditch effort to flout his plans and have him arrested. A photo (left) showed the empty seat which the whistleblower was booked to occupy in this morning's flight.

Edward Snowden, 30, flew to Moscow with British activist Sarah Harrison
Julian Assange tells reporters both have now left Moscow and are 'safe'
Harrison is a WikiLeaks spokesman and ex girlfriend of Julian Assange
But picture has emerged of empty seat that he was meant to be booked on
Whistleblower was expected to travel to Cuba en route to South America
US warns Western nations not to help Snowden unless to send him home


DailyMail UK, 24 June 2013

Russia was accused of playing sinister Cold War games with the US today as mystery surrounded the whereabouts of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The 30-year-old failed to travel on an Aeroflot flight out of Moscow to Cuba as expected, raising the possibility that the FSB intelligence service - which would have huge interest in his secrets - was acting as his travel agent.
Snowden accompanied by Briton Sarah Harrison is seeking to reach Ecuador hoping for political asylum so defying a last ditch effort to flout his plans and have him arrested.




Searching for asylum: Edward Snowden is travelling to Ecuador after being charged with espionage in America. He met with Ecuador's ambassador as he landed in Moscow today

Snowden's whereabouts remained a mystery this afternoon, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Ecuador refugee himself, claimed he was 'safe and healthy' after fleeing to Moscow to a secret bolt hole.

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'The current status of Mr Snowden and Harrison is that both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal teams,' Assange said, referring to Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks representative accompanying Snowden

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on June 23 bound for Ecuador via a safe pass through Russia and other states,' Assange told reporters on a conference call from inside Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has been himself hiding from arrest and extradition.Speaking at a telephone conference call with journalists, Mr Assange accused the US administration of making 'extremely bellicose' statements about Mr Snowden and of attempting to 'bully' Russia and other countries into extraditing him.




'The current status of Mr Snowden and Harrison is that both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal teams,' Julian Assange said
'The US Secretary of State claimed Mr Snowden is a traitor. He is not a traitor, he is not a spy, he is a whistleblower who has told the public an important truth. The charging of Edward Snowden is not a matter of justice - it is an attempt to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights to tell the truth.'

Asked if he knew where Mr Snowden was, Mr Assange replied:

'He is in a safe place and his spirits are high. Due to the bellicose threats coming from the Obama administration we cannot go into further details.'

Asked if he knew how Mr Snowden left Hong Kong, Mr Assange said:

'That is a fascinating story which I am sure will one day be told, but today is not the day.'




Right hand woman: Sarah Harrison, who is believed to have been helping Snowden flee to South America, is pictured outside the embassy in London where her then-boyfriend Julian Assange is seeking asylum

However, Russia last night claimed to be studying a US demand for Snowden to be extradited -implying he was still hiding at a Moscow airport.


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'An official US request for detention and deportation of
E. Snowden has been received through diplomatic channels, on the basis that he is being accused of committing grave crimes,' admitted an informed source.
'Appropriate services have been instructed to take measures to study this request from the USA.'
But simultaneously a security source said Russia does not have the right to apprehend Snowden because he had not gone through passport control at Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport.

'The Russian authorities cannot detain and deport Snowden because he has not crossed the border of the Russian Federation,' said a source.

Meanwhile, another source with knowledge of the Snowden situation strongly hinted he had left Russia on another plane.

'Snowden, most likely, has already left the Russian Federation,' according to a Moscow source 'familiar with the matter', reported Interfax news agency.

'He could have left by a different plane.'

And Vladimir Putin's spokesman teased the Americans:

'Overall, we have no information about him.'

Leading MP Alexei Pushkov, head of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, blasted:

'Why should the United States expect restraint and understanding from Russia?'

The distinctly contradictory Russian statements had the hallmarks of a Cold War-style bid to confuse the enemy and aid Snowden in his escape.

But there was also speculation in Western enemies that the Russians could be 'extracting information ' from the American IT specialist, a former CIA employee, in return for helping him with his onward passage.

'The delay is puzzling,' said one source. 'He appeared to have a ticket for an onward flight to Cuba and then South Ameria but suddenly he was not on the flight.


'The question is: Who or what kept him in Moscow? '

Just as worrying was the location of his laptop computers containing an intelligence treasure trove which the US fear amounts to one the biggest leaks in history.

Should the Americans succeed in detaining Snowden, he could spend most of the rest of his life in jail as one of the most prolific 'traitors' ever, according to US claims.

A large group of journalists boarded flight SU 150 from Moscow to Havana but the economy class seat - for which Snowden has reportedly checked in - was empty.

'He didn't take the flight,' said an Aeroflot source after the plane left 40 minutes late.


Heavy security around the flight suggested that there was an expectation he would take it.

The Ecuadorian ambassador to Moscow arrived at the airport yesterday morning amid speculation he would accompany Snowden on any flight.

Another explanation was that he could be furnishing Snowden with an Ecuadorian travel document or passport that would enable him to cross borders legally.

There were also claims that he had applied for Icelandic asylum.




Departed: Snowden was believed to be booked on Flight CU 6150 from Moscow to Cuba





Where is he? Passengers queue to board a plane to Cuba at a terminal of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. But Snowden was nowhere to be seen

Meanwhile, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino gave the strongest hint yet over his country's intentions as he told a press conference he is reviewing Snowden's asylum request and will make a decision based on human rights considerations above all.

Likening his case with the 'persecution' of US Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, he said: 'Human rights principles will always be placed above any other interest.

'Ecuador's government has maintained respectful contact with the Russian government and has said that it is considering the asylum request... Of course, we are considering the consequences of our decisions but we act on our principles.'

It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry said;

'It would be 'deeply troubling' if Russia or Hong Kong had adequate notice about Edward Snowden's plans to flee to a country that will grant him asylum and still allowed him leave.

'I think reciprocity in the enforcement of the law is pretty important,' he added.

His words were echoed by a State Department official in Washington who today urged all Western nations not to harbour the fugitive in a veiled warning to any country who fails to comply.

'The United States has been in touch via diplomatic and law enforcement channels with countries in the Western Hemisphere through which Snowden might transit or that could serve as final destinations,' he said. 'The U.S. is advising these governments that Snowden is wanted on felony charges, and as such should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the United States.'




Asylum: The pair were met by two cars, pictured, from the Ecuadorian embassy parked at Moscow's Sheremetevo airport today

The FSB was earlier said to have ignored the request with sources saying it had no reason to arrest Snowden and that he was treated as an 'ordinary' transit passenger.

'The Ecuador authorities could supply him with refugee documents or even grant him citizenship by is issuing a passport or a special note,' said a Russian security source.

The Ecuador foreign minister Ricardo Patin Aroca is expected to gave a press conference at 1pm London time in Hanoi where he is on a diplomatic visit.

He is due to address the issue of Snowden's diplomatic status, and said earlier:

'We will make a decision... we are analysing it.'

The Ecuadorian Embassy in Moscow declined to give any details.

'We make no comments and plan no official events on this issue', said a source.

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Last year Miss Harrison was forced to pay £3,500 to the courts after she had put up £5,000 as one of the people who provided sureties for Mr Assange’s bail conditions.

A WikiLeaks statement said yesterday:

‘Miss Harrison has courageously assisted Mr Snowden with his lawful departure from Hong Kong and is accompanying Mr Snowden on his passage to safety.’

Snowden has been charged with espionage after exposing Prism – a covert project run by US intelligence that snoops on Facebook accounts, emails and phone calls.
He has also detailed a massive electronic eavesdropping operation by Britain’s GCHQ called Operation Tempora. Snowden described it as
‘the largest programme of suspicionless surveillance in human history’.


The US had made a formal request to the Hong Kong government for a provisional arrest warrant to stop him leaving the territory.
But relations cooled after Snowden claimed the US had hacked into Chinese mobile phone companies to access millions of text messages. Beijing said it was ‘gravely concerned’ about the allegations.

In a statement yesterday, the Hong Kong government said Snowden boarded a plane at Chep Lap Kok airport ‘on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel’.
It said documentation provided by America for the arrest warrant did not ‘fully comply’ with Hong Kong law.
Clearly irritated, the Hong Kong government also demanded ‘clarification’ on hacking saying it would ‘follow up on the matter’ to protect the legal rights of its citizens.

In the US, security chiefs were bewildered at how Snowden had been allowed to leave the Chinese- run territory because his passport had been revoked on Saturday.Keith Alexander, head of the US National Security Agency said:

‘This is an individual who is not acting, in my opinion, with noble intent.
‘What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies.’


Democratic senator Charles Schumer believes Russian President Vladimir Putin approved Snowden’s flight to Moscow.

He said:
‘Putin always seems almost eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States – whether it is Syria, Iran and now of course with Snowden.’

He also suggested China may have had a role to play in Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong.
He added:
‘It remains to be seen how much influence Beijing had on Hong Kong.


Meanwhile, Downing Street this morning declined to comment on whether a plane carrying Mr Snowden would be allowed through UK airspace and said that the question of whether he has breached any laws was a matter for the US legal system.
David Cameron's official spokesman said the Prime Minister believes that GCHQ is operating within 'a clear and robust framework'.

'GCHQ absolutely operates within the law,' said the spokesman. 'It is very important that it has operated and continues to operate within the law.'




Spokeswoman: Miss Harrison became close to Assange when she started working at WikiLeaks and is believed to have acted as his assistant





Sympathetic: Ecuador Ambassador to Russia Patrizio Alberto Chavez Savala, pictured left with Vladimir Putin, was waiting for Snowden in Moscow


The spokesman said that the questions surrounding proposed legislation on communications data - branded a 'snooper's charter' by critics - remained unchanged since the Queen's Speech last month.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg prevented the inclusion in the Speech of a bill to require internet companies to keep records of email and social media contacts and allow security services access to the data, but Home Secretary Theresa May has been pressing for the legislation to be revived in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.

Mr Cameron's spokesman said:

'It is very important that we enable the police and other agencies to stay up to date with technological developments.
'The Government is considering how best that is done and it will set out its position in due course.'



NBC'S DAVID GREGORY ASKS GUARDIAN JOURNALIST GLENN GREENWALD WHY HE SHOULDN'T BE CHARGED FOR HELPING SNOWDEN

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NBC 'Meet the Press' host David Gregory got a rise out of Glenn Greenwald on Sunday by asking the Guardian reporter
why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for having 'aided and abetted' former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden.

Greenwald replied on the show Sunday that it was
'pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies.'


Tense: NBC host David Gregory and journalist Glenn Greenwald had a tense moment when Gregory suggested Greenwald should be charged with a crime for 'aiding' NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden


Greenwald first reported Snowden's disclosure of U.S. government surveillance programs. On Sunday, Ecuador's foreign minister and the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said that Snowden was headed to Ecuador to seek asylum.

During his interview with NBC's Gregory, Greenwald declined to discuss where Snowden was headed. That refusal seemed to prompt Gregory to ask:
'To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?'


Greenwald said Gregory was embracing the Obama administration's attempt to 'criminalize investigative journalism,' citing an FBI agent's characterization of Fox News journalist James Rosen as a probable co-conspirator of a State Department contractor who was suspected of leaking classified information to Rosen. Rosen was not charged.

'If you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information is a criminal, and it's precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States,'

said Greenwald, a former constitutional and civil rights lawyer who has written three books contending that the government has violated personal rights in the name of protecting national security.

Gregory responded that "the question of who is a journalist may be up to a debate with regard to what you are doing." Gregory also said he was merely asking a question.

'That question has been raised by lawmakers as well,' Gregory said. 'I'm not embracing anything, but, obviously, I take your point.'


Later, Greenwald tweeted,

Quote:

"Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?" and, 'Has David Gregory ever publicly wondered if powerful DC officials should be prosecuted for things like illegal spying & lying to Congress?'
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WHY ECUADOR IS SNOWDEN'S BEST CHANCE OF EVADING US JUSTICE




President Rafael Correa of Ecuador (pictured) embraces his role as a thorn in Washington's side, railing against US imperialism and giving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange refuge in his nation's embassy in London.


But nothing Correa has done to rankle the United States is likely to infuriate as much as granting the asylum being sought by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who faces espionage charges back home after revealing details of two highly secret surveillance programs.

Both Cuba and Venezuela previously had been rumored as possible destinations for Snowden, although they now appeared more likely to be only transit points on the way to Ecuador.

'Correa may find it hard to resist the temptation to get increased attention and seize this opportunity to provoke and defy the U.S.,'

said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank.

'Correa is confrontational and relishes fights. Should he ultimately grant Snowden asylum, one hopes that Correa has thought through the likely consequences of such a decision.'

Taking in Snowden would increase Correa's popularity among those who see him as a champion of open information, help him counter criticism of a new media law that some call an assault on freedom of speech in Ecuador and cement his name as a leading voice of opposition to U.S. foreign policy.

But it could threaten preferential access to US markets for Ecuadorean goods under the US Andean Trade Preference Act, and strain already shaky ties between two nations that only last year re-established full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level.

However, giving Snowden asylum for leaking secret information would be 'illegal' in both the US and Ecuador, former Ecuadorean diplomat Mauricio Gandara said.

'It would be an illegal act, because what he has done is a crime in both the United States and Ecuador,' said Gandara, who was Ecuador's ambassador in London. 'It is a confrontation with the people and government of the United States and both (political) parties. It is an unnecessary conflict.'

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US Reporters Not allowed off Snowden's Plane/Others Stranded in Cuba

CBS News/ June 24, 2013,

Other Reporters Chasing Edward Snowden Stranded on Cuba-Bound Plane



The Aeroflot Airbus A330 plane that was to carry National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on a flight to Havana, Cuba, taxies out at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow, Monday, June 24, 2013.

Snowden, who arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong, booked a seat for the flight to Cuba, but he was not seen on the plane. / AP Photo/ Sergei Ivanov

Updated 8:28 p.m. US. ET


The continuing pursuit of elusive Edward Snowden left several journalists stranded at 30,000 feet after they boarded a plane from Moscow bound for Cuba - only to discover an empty seat booked in the NSA leaker's name.

Journalists from around the world embarked on Moscow-Havana flight to "photograph an empty seat"






Hilarious



An Aeroflot representative told The Associated Press that Snowden wasn't on flight SU150 to Havana, which was filled with journalists trying to track him down.
Reporters on the flight sent tweets confirming that Snowden was nowhere to be found

According to the Guardian, the journalists' prolonged detour was exacerbated by another notable absence:

Aeroflot no longer serves alcohol on Havana-bound flights.



CBS News' Portia Siegelbaum reports at least one reporter, from Reuters, was allowed to leave the airport before the plane took off.

It's unclear how many reporters got on the plane but a BBC reporter estimated about two dozen journalists were trying to board the flight.


Several other U.S. reporters were not allowed on the plane because they did not have the visa requirements to enter Cuba.

Siegelbaum, who is stationed in Havana, says that Cuba's policy is not to allow journalists into the country unless they previously applied for and received journalist visas.

Those on board the Aeroflot plane will probably be kept in a transit area until they can be put on an outgoing flight, she said.

Siegelbaum guessed that "if the same plane has space, they will be sent back on it." Which would potentially mean another 6,000-mile flight with no Edward Snowden - and no booze.

Summed up journalist Max Seddon:

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines"


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Important US Warns Russia as WhistleBlower Disappears +NSA Spying Updates

The United States Seized Confidential Mail Records Of European Parliament

Posted: 30 Jun 2013
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Privacy – Christian Engström: I can’t say I’m surprised – but we’ve got the United States and its security bureaucrats digging through our e-mail in the European Parliament. Mashable reveals that the United States has demanded information from Google about the communications of two Wikileaks activists. One of them is the Icelander Smári McCarthy (pictured).

These events catch our interest here in Brussels, here at the Pirate Party office in the European Parliament. We know Smári, and we have contacted him as a consultant to produce a report on Iceland as an “information paradise” and a conceivable centre for cloud computing (www.islandsofresilience.eu).

A quick check reveals that we have been in touch with Smári (through Erik Josefsson), via his Gmail account, regarding this report during the time period when the United States was wiretapping his mail.

Now, this is not about keeping secrets. That’s not the point. (And besides, we would never use Gmail for anything sensitive.) But there’s an important issue of principle here.

The United States is breaking into and digging through mail between the European Parliament and people who have been commissioned to produce its political reports. This is completely unacceptable.

The United States is not supposed to spy on political parties. The United States is not supposed to spy on the Members of the European Parliament. The United States is not supposed to break into and dig through the daily routine work of the European legislative body.

For now, I’m mostly pissed off. Later, I will consider how to handle this issue. I will probably raise these events at a formal level with the European Parliament.

[UPDATED: The initial headline of this article was "The United States wiretapped mail of the European Parliament". It was changed after criticism of being misleading.]

Originally published in Swedish.

Falkvinge on Infopolicy.




UPDATE
It has just been reported on the BBC that the "Whistleblower", Edward Snowden, actually provided evidence of this in some of his "leaked documents"



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Trapped in transit: Surreal 21 hour adventure of reporter who deliberately got sequestered at Moscow airport in the hope of finding Edward Snowden

  • Associated Press journalist Ian Phillips spent almost at entire day in transit at Moscow Airport in the hope of meeting NSA leaker Snowden
By Daily Mail UK & AP, 29 June 2013



Phillips writes that if Edward Snowden is staying at the Novotel in the transit zone of a Moscow airport, he may already have a taste of what it's like to be in prison


With NSA leaker Edward Snowden believed to have spent the past week holed up in the wing of a Russian airport hotel reserved for travelers in transit, a journalist choose to get himself deliberately sequestered in the hope of finding the elusive fugitive.

Ian Phillips has described his experience as a ‘surreal 21 hour adventure’ which could have come straight from the pen of George Orwell.

Phillips, Eastern Europe News Director for the Associated Press, flew from his home in Prague to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with the goal of getting to the bottom of the mystery of fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The main Novotel building is located outside the airport and has a plush lobby with a fountain, a trendy bar and luxury shops.

One wing, however, lies within the airport's transit zone and acts as a kind of international limbo that is not officially Russian territory - this is where Snowden is believed to be holed up.

Snowden is believed to be waiting here to hear whether Ecuador, Iceland or another country might grant him asylum. He fled Hong Kong last weekend after being charged with violating American espionage laws.

According to Phillips, the experience of staying at the Novotel for 21 hours has left him feeling that if the NSA leaker is indeed in the transit zone of the airport, he may already have a taste of what it's like to be in prison.



Welcome to Moscow: This photo shows a view of the lobby of the Novotel Hotel in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport



Ian Phillips, Eastern Europe News Director of the Associated Press, stands in a corridor of the Novotel Hotel in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Russia


Here Phillips writes about his surreal experience:

The woman at the transit desk raises an eyebrow and stares at my flight itinerary, which includes a 21-hour layover in Moscow before a connection to Ukraine.

‘Why would ANYONE stay here in transit for so long? There are so many earlier connections you could have taken. This is strange behavior.’

After a nearly two-hour wait inside the terminal, a bus picks me up - only me - from the transit area.

We drive slowly across the tarmac, through a barrier, past electronic gates covered in barbed wire and security cameras.

The main part of the Novotel is out of bounds. My allotted wing feels like a lockup: You are obliged to stay in your room, except for brief walks along the corridor. Three cameras track your movements along the hallway and beam the images back to a multi-screen monitor.

It's comforting to see a sign instructing me that, in case of an emergency, the locks on heavily fortified doors leading to the elevators will open.

When I try to leave my room, the guard outside springs to his feet. I ask him why room service isn't responding and if there's any other way to get food. He growls: ‘Extension 70!’ I rile him by asking about the Wi-Fi, which isn't working: ‘Extension 75!’ he snarls.



Grim surroundings: This photo shows a view of a corridor inside the Novotel Hotel where people in transit must stay until their flight is ready to leave

‘Don't worry, Mr. Phillips,’ the transit desk employee had said. ‘We have all your details and information. We will come and get you from your room at 6 p.m. on Friday, one hour before your connecting flight.’

Now it's midnight, and I'm getting edgy. I feel trapped inside my airless room, whose double windows are tightly sealed. And the room is extortionate: It costs $300 a night, with a surcharge of 50 percent slapped on because I will be staying past noon.

(‘Can't I just wait in the lobby after midday?’ I asked the receptionist at check-in. ‘Of course not,’ she retorted. ‘You have no visa. You will stay until you are picked up.’)

I look out the window. If Snowden is here and has the same view, he can see the approach to the departures terminal at the airport. A large billboard shows a red 4x4 vehicle driving along an ocean road.

A parking lot below is filled with vehicles. A man in green overalls is watering a patch of parched grass. Vehicles whizz in and out of the airport.

A maid has just brought a tea bag. She puts a tick against the room number on the three-page document on her trolley. On it, there are no guest names, only numbers - and departure dates.



Journalist Ian Phillips described his experience in transit at Sheremetyevo airport as a 'surreal 21 hour adventure' which could have come straight from the pen of George Orwell

A quick look suggests there are perhaps a few dozen people staying here. A couple of rooms on my floor have tell-tale signs of occupancy - food trays lying outside from the night before.

But no sign of Snowden.

The guard allows me to stretch my legs in the corridor. The signs on the wall rub things in. Under a pretty picture of the Moscow skyline and Red Square, a message reads:

‘Should you wish to see the full range of facilities offered by our hotel during your next stay, we strongly recommend you to get a visa before flying to Moscow.’

A fleeting glimpse of a possible change of scene: a set of guidelines posted on the wall say I can go out for a smoke!

Rule No. 6:

‘It is possible to go and smoke one time per hour for 5 minutes in the beginning of each hour escorted by security service.’

I don't smoke, but this would be a way to escape this floor. But when I ask him to take me down, the security guard scoffs. ‘No!’ he says flatly.



Snowden is believed to be waiting here to hear whether Ecuador, Iceland or another country might grant him asylum


I call the front desk. ‘You need a visa to go outside and smoke, Mr. Phillips’ the receptionist says.

If he's here, Snowden has access to a few international TV stations. He also has a fair amount of options with room service - the only source of food in this wing.

But after almost a week, he might be getting bored. And he'd need a credit card or a lot of Russian cash. A selection:
  • Buffalo mozzarella and pesto dressing starter? 720 rubles (about $20).
  • Ribeye steak: 1,500 rubles (about $50).
  • Bottle of Brunello di Montalcino red wine: 5,280 rubles ($165).
  • A miniature bottle of Hennessy XO cognac: 2,420 rubles ($80).
I've called all the 37 rooms on my floor in hopes of reaching Snowden. No reply except for when I get my security guard.

The floor above? A similarly futile attempt.

I only reach a handful of tired and irritated Russians who growl ‘Da? Da? Da?’ – ‘Yes? Yes? Yes?’


A passenger walks outside Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, where fugitive 'whistleblower' Edward Snowden is still believed to be staying in a transit Hotel near the airport


MORE:

'My son is NOT a traitor': Father of runaway spy Edward Snowden negotiating for son’s return to US as he complains of manipulation by Wikileaks

  • Edward Snowden's father Lonnie has not spoken to his son since April
  • Interview released the day after The Guardian was blocked on all Army computers
  • Lonnie sent a letter to the Justice Department telling them what conditions should be met if they want Edward to return to the U.S. on his own
  • Says he should be able to pick where his trial is held, they need to say he will not be detained prior to the trial and no gag order will be issued
  • President Obama already said he will not do any 'wheeling, dealing and trading' to get Snowden back from Russia
  • Snowden thought to be seeking asylum in Ecuador like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange previously did

Edward Snowden's father has said that he thinks his son will return to the United States so long as the Attorney General agrees not to detain him before his inevitable trial.
A clip of an interview with Lonnie Snowden aired on The Today Show Friday morning, where the NSA leaker's father confirmed that he sent a list of demands to the Department of Justice that he feels will pave the way for his 30-year-old son to return from Russia.
The elder Snowden came up with the list with the help of his lawyer but with no consultation from Edward since the two have not spoken since April, two months before Snowden released classified intelligence documents.



Paternal support: Lonnie Snowden spoke with NBC and confirmed that he sent a letter to the Attorney General's office with a list of conditions he feels will allow Edward to return on his own accord

'At this point I don't believe he's committed treason,' Lonnie Snowden told NBC's Michael Isikoff.
'He has in fact broken U.S. law in the sense that he has released classified information and if folks want to classify him as a traitor- in fact he has betrayed his government but I don't believe he has betrayed the people of the United States.'

In his letter, Mr Snowden reportedly wrote that Edward was likely to come back to the United States on his own so long as the Justice Department agree not to subject him to a gag order, allow him to pick where his trial will take place, and make sure that he is not detained before said trial.

It seems unlikely that the federal government will meet the demands, as they have already filed a number of charges against Edward including several under the Espionage Act.


Obama will not be 'scrambling jets'




Defiant: Speaking on Thursday during his trip to Senegal, President Obama said the U.S will not be 'scrambling jets' to seize Edward Snowden, saying Russia should hand him over through proper legal channels


During a press conference on Thursday in Senegal, President Obama said that he won't engage in any 'wheeling, dealing and trading' to get Edward extradited from Russia to the United States.

'I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get to a 29-year-old hacker,' the president said of the whistleblower.

The younger Snowden, who turned 30 last week, fled to Hong Kong last month ahead of leaking details about an NSA surveillance program. He is now in the transit area of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow.

The hacker's father has also cast some doubt on the intentions of WikiLeaks, the group who has come to the aide of Edward while he is in hiding.

'I love him. I would like to have the opportunity to communicate with him. I don't want to put him in peril, but I am concerned about those who surround him,' Lonnie Snowden told NBC.

'I think WikiLeaks, if you've looked at past history- their focus isn't necessarily the Constitution of the United States. It's simply to release as much information as possible and that alone is a concern for me.'

Snowden's future remains unclear, as Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that they have no plans to extradite him since there is no existing extradition treaty between the U.S. and Russia.

The former consultant is said to be seeking asylum in Ecuador but the process will take months to complete.

'It took us two months to make a decision in the case of Assange, so do not expect us to make a decision sooner this time,' Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters.
END


***It has been reported on Al Jazeera News that Russia has offered Edward Snowden; "Let us help you".

They may well work with Edcuador to transfer Snowden from that airport transit hotel to the
Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow
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Biden asks Ecuador to REJECT Edward Snowden's request for asylum, but President Correa says no decision will be made until the fugitive whistleblower sets foot in the country

  • Vice President Biden made his request during a phone conversation with President Rafael Correa on Friday
  • Edward Snowden remains in transit area of Moscow airport after leaving Hong Kong on Sunday
By Daily Mail UK, 29 June 2013


Vice President Joe Biden called Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, asking him to reject an asylum request made by fugitive former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, it was revealed today.

‘They did discuss Snowden, but I don't have additional details,’ Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama in Africa.

It's the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador that has been publicly disclosed since Ecuador began considering the possibility of offering Snowden a sanctuary.





High-level talks: Vice President Joe Biden called Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, asking him to reject an asylum request made by fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden




Public discourse: Ecuadorean President Correa (center) addressed the Snowden case, and his phone conversation with Biden, during his TV show 'Enlace Ciudadano


During his regular Saturday television appearance, President Correa spoke about his phone conversation with Mr Biden, stating that no decision will be made on Showden until he sets foot on Ecuadorian soil, be it in the country itself or in one of its embassies, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Mr Correa added that the NSA leaker 'will have to assume his own responsibilities' for blowing the whistle on secret programs the U.S. intelligence agencies have been using to spy on foreign and domestic targets.

Ecuador's leader also pointed out that the world's attention should be on America's clandestine data collection scheme rather than Snowden's fate.

Earlier this week, Correa said that a letter of safe passage that was allegedly issued to the 29-year-old NSA hacker by an Ecuadorian diplomat stationed in London was void.

Since fleeing Hong Kong to Russia last weekend, Snowden had his U.S. passport revoked, and he is believed to be still holed up in the transit area of a Moscow airport.

Mr Correa also promised that the first ones to be consulted on Snowden’s asylum request ‘would be the U.S. as we did in the [Julian] Assange case with England.’ He was referring to the elusive WikiLeaks founder, who has been staying in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for nearly a year.

Meanwhile, Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Friday that his government had held talks with Russian officials about when and how Snowden, who has no travel documents, could leave the terminal where he has been staying for a week in a state of legal limbo.




Hideout: He is in the transit area of Sheremetievo airport in Moscow after flying from Hong Kong on Sunday





No sign of Snowden: Passengers wait in the transit area of the airport where Snowden has been for days


Earlier this week, Ecuador revealed it could take months to decide whether to grant asylum to Snowden. He is currently in a transit area of a Moscow airport but it is believed he is hopeful Ecuador will protect him.

Foreign Minister Patino compared Snowden's case to that of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who has found refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

'It took us two months to make a decision in the case of Assange, so do not expect us to make a decision sooner this time,' Patino told reporters

Asked if Ecuador would provide protection to Snowden while considering his request for asylum, Patino said through a translator that if Snowden 'goes to the embassy, then we will make a decision.'

Patino refused to say what criteria his government would use, but added that it would 'consider all these risks', including whether it could hurt trade with the U.S. and damage Ecuador's economy.

WikiLeaks gave a terse update on Snowden's condition earlier on Wednesday, saying in a statement posted to Twitter that Snowden was 'well'.




Hurdles: Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said it could take months to secure asylum for Snowden


WikiLeaks says that one of its staffers, Sarah Harrison, was traveling with Snowden, but the statement gave no indication if the update came from her, from Snowden, or from some other source.
In a conference with reporters on Monday, Assange said that he was limited in what he could say about Snowden due to security concerns. He denied reports that Snowden was spending his time at the airport being debriefed by Russian intelligence officers.
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NSA Spies 'Bugged European Politicians' Offices in America': Fugitive Whistleblower Ed Snowden Reveals Secret Operation
  • Microphones were put in building and computers compromised as spooks targeted EU in Washington and UN offices in New York
  • Head of European Parliament demands 'clarification' from U.S. and warns of rift if report is true
  • Der Spiegel says 'strictly confidential' document was leaked by runaway analyst Edward Snowden
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Whistleblower: Edward Snowden leaked a document which allegedly showed U.S. spooks had spied on the EU in America



A document leaked by fugitive ex-CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the U.S. secretly bugged EU offices in America.
Spooks at the National Security Agency (NSA) nobbled EU internal computer networks in Washington and at the 27-member bloc's UN office in New York, according to Germany's Der Spiegel magazine.

Microphones were installed in the building and and the computer network compromised, 'giving the agency access to emails and internal documents.'

The document, dated September 2010 and classified 'strictly confidential', has created a diplomatic rift between America and Europe.

Martin Schultz, head of the European Parliament, has demanded 'full clarification' from the U.S. and said that if the report was true, it would have a 'severe impact'.
He said it would be 'a huge scandal', and cause a 'big strain' on the relations between the EU and the U.S.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said U.S. spying was 'out of control, adding: 'The U.S. would do better to monitor its intelligence services instead of its allies.'




Targeted: The 27-bloc EU offices at the UN building in New York was spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency


The document allegedly referred to the EU as a 'target'. Details of European positions on trade and military matters would have been useful to those involved in negotiations between Washington and European governments, says the BBC's Stephen Evans.

Der Spiegel claims the document, was leaked by Snowden, a contracted analyst with the CIA who has since requested asylum in Ecuador after revealing the existence of the so-called PRISM surveillance programme.

The top-secret PRISM programme collects and analyses information from internet and phone users around the world, with access to data from Google, Yahoo! and other Internet firms.

U.S.officials say the information gathered is vital in the fight against global terrorism.



America has charged Snowden with;

Theft of government property

Unauthorised communication of national defence information

Wilful communication of classified communications intelligence.

Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Vice President Joe Biden called Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, asking him to reject an asylum request made by Snowden, it was revealed yesterday.

‘They did discuss Snowden, but I don't have additional details,’ Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama in Africa.

It's the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador that has been publicly disclosed since Ecuador began considering the possibility of offering Snowden a sanctuary.


MORE from the Daily Mail UK/AP:


White House 'Doesn't Know' What Files NSA Leaker Edward Snowden has Accessed

  • Obama adviser admits they 'don't know' which files Snowden has copied
  • Further classified documents have been exposed on U.S. data collection
  • NSA leaker Edward Snowden remains in the transit area of Moscow airport after leaving Hong Kong on Sunday
  • U.S. demanded Russia extradites him immediately but Putin refused

The true extent of the security threat posed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is 'unknown', according to a top government aid, as it is revealed the White House is unsure what secret files he possesses.


The revelation came as a new batch of highly classified documents was made public across the internet yesterday, revealing how the U.S. government has collected online data in bulk.





Support: Snowden supporters hold posters outside Sheremetyevo, airport in Moscow that read: 'Edward! Russia is your second Motherland!' and, 'Russia is for Snowden!'



Russian and foreign journalists continued to monitor the Sheremetyevo international airport, where Snowden is believed to remain at the transit zone. This poster reads: 'We will not give Snowden to world gendarme!'


Speaking in Dakar, Senegal, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Obama, said:

'Look, I don't know with certainty what Mr Snowden has. That's something we're actively seeking to determine.'

Quoted in an ABC news article, Mr Rhodes said Snowden had already compromised 'very classified programs' by leaking secret files to three newspapers and by taking files out of the country.
Rhodes said it was still believed that Snowden was carrying the classified files on his person.
The government adviser said there were 'strict protocols' for how to handle classified information.

'It doesn't involve getting on a plane and going to Hong Kong and then getting on a plane and going to Russia,' he said.

Officials in the U.S. are actively trying to determine which documents have been accessed by the former contract worker, carrying out forensic audits of computers and systems Snowden had used.

But there are fears the computer specialist may have hidden his tracks so well at the National Security Agency that it will be impossible to identify exactly what was copied.

The intelligence community is also in the process of assessing the potential damage to national security relating to leaked information so far.

Mr Snowden was expected to fly to Cuba on Monday, having booked a ticket from Moscow, but he did not board the plane. It is believed he may be having difficulties with his documents since the U.S. revoked his passport.

Meanwhile, supporters of Snowden's campaign have gathered outside Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, holding up posters which say: 'Russia is for Snowden!', 'We will not give Snowden to world gendarme!' and 'Snowden we are with you!'

Despite the U.S. urging Russia to extradite him immediately, President Vladimir Putin has refused, saying there is no extradition treaty with the U.S., and Snowden has not committed any crimes in his country.

Until he leaves the airport, he must remain in the transit area, which serves both connecting passengers traveling via Moscow to onward destinations and passengers departing from Moscow who have passed border and security checks.
For such a long stay, he must have secured a transit visa from a consulate operating in the zone.
Exiting the area would either require boarding a plane or passing through border control. Both require a valid passport or other identification; the U.S. has revoked Snowden's passport.

Speaking dismissively of the situation, President Obama said that he had not personally called Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping to request they extradite Snowden, adding:
'I shouldn't have to.'

He said that the documents leaked by Snowden have had their effect but that the government has responded that the surveillance programs are conducted legally and with proper oversight.

He added that Snowden's story has the makings of a big-screen spy film or a 'made-for-TV movie'.


US Mistakes on Extradition Papers to Hong Kong =WRONG NAME

Mix up: Hong Kong officials have said they were unable to help the U.S. with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as extradition papers listed his middle name as 'James' rather than 'Joseph'

The comments come after it emerged that the U.S. embarrassingly failed to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong after using the wrong name on papers.

Provisional arrest warrant documents listed his middle name as James, whereas it is Joseph. In other papers, he was just called Edward J. Snowden, Hong Kong's Secretary of Justice Rimsky Yuen said.

When Hong Kong asked the U.S. for clarification last Friday, they failed to respond in time for officials to stop Snowden's flight to Russia on Sunday.

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'Until the minute of Snowden's departure, the U.S. government hadn't yet replied to our requests for clarification,' Yuen told the Wall Street Journal.

'Hong Kong's government had no legal basis to block his departure,because of errors by the US.'
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THE US ARMY BLOCKS ACCESS TO THE GUARDIAN FROM THEIR COMPUTERS

A spokesman for the U.S. Army has said that they have blocked access to The Guardian's website following their publication of leaked NSA documents.

Gordon Van Vleet, a spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, toldThe Monterey Heraldon Thursday that they are filtering 'some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.'

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For their part, editors and reporters for The Guardian are publicly revelling in the ban. Writer Glenn Greenwald, who published the initial Snowden article on June 5, called the move 'flattering'.


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Sydney Morning Herald,
29 June 2013

Ecuador to Scrap US Trade over Snowden Case

Ecuador, the South American nation considering an asylum request from fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, renounced its US trade benefits, saying they were being used as "blackmail."

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"Ecuador doesn't accept pressure or threats from anyone and doesn't barter its principles and sovereignty or submit to mercantile interests," President Rafael Correa said on Thursday in a speech in the central province of Los Rios. What Mr Snowden revealed "is a terrible case of massive espionage, both nationally and internationally that clearly threatens the right to intimacy and the sovereignty of states".


The announcement comes a day after US Senator Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would lead the effort to block renewal of trade preferences for Ecuador if it granted Mr Snowden asylum.


The Andean nation has been lobbying the US congress to renew the preferences, known as ATPDEA, which are due to expire next month.

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"Our government will not reward countries for bad behaviour," Senator Menendez said. "Trade preferences are a privilege granted by the US to nations, not a right."
Ecuador would lose at least 40,000 jobs if the trade preferences aren't renewed, the nation's Ambassador to the US Nathalie Cely said last year. While most of the $US1.01 billion in exports to the US in April was oil, shipments also included more labour intensive products such as cut flowers, broccoli and shrimp. Exports fell from $US1.14 billion in April 2012, according to US Census data.

Never shy of taking on the West, the pugnacious Mr Correa last year granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to help him avoid extradition from Great Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sexual assault accusations.
The 50-year-old US-trained economist won a landslide re-election in February on generous state spending to improve infrastructure and health services, and his Alianza Pais party holds a majority in the legislature.

Ecuadorean officials said Washington was unfairly using the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, which provides customs benefits in exchange for efforts to fight the drug trade, as a political weapon.

The program was set to expire at the end of this month.

An OPEC nation of 15 million people, Ecuador exported $US5.4 billion worth of oil, $US166 million of cut flowers, $US122 million of fruits and vegetables and $US80 million of tuna to the United States under the Andean trade program in 2012.
Termination of the benefits could hurt the cut flower industry, which has blossomed under the program and employs more than 100,000 workers, many of them women.

Supporters of Correa say he has simply taken on media and business elites who were trying to erode what the president calls his "Citizens' Revolution."

Ecuador's Communications Secretary Fernando Alvarado, who called the trade preferences a "new instrument of blackmail," said the government is offering the US $US23 million, an amount similar to what the US provides under ATPDEA, to provide human rights training to combat torture, illegal executions and attacks on peoples' privacy.

Mr Snowden, a former worker for government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who Russian President Vladimir Putin has said is in the transit area of a Moscow airport, disclosed top-secret US National Security Agency programs that collect phone and Internet data.

US Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, urged President Barack Obama to "act swiftly" and cancel Ecuador's preferential access to US markets. Among the reasons he cited was Ecuador's "disregard for the rule of law."

The ATPDEA trade preferences, enacted in 1991, sought to combat cocaine production in the Andes through incentives for farmers to stop producing coca.
END

***It has been reported on Al Jazeera News that it costs the US and American Taxpayers trillions of $$$ to operate the NSA/PRISM.

It is also
reported by the Russian Press that Russia has made an offer to Edward Snowden; "Let us help you".

Quote:
Russia Debates Letting Snowden in "From the Cold"

Snowden's presence has not passed unnoticed in Moscow political circles, where a growing number of voices are suggesting that he should be brought in from the cold and offered asylum in Russia

One prominent theme is the jarring notion that the old cold war paradigm – the US-led "free world" versus the Soviet "evil empire" – is being been stood on its head, and the US now looks like a ponderous, bureaucratic police state, while modern Russia has morphed into a beacon of hope for Western freedom-seekers.

"Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and Snowden are not spies who sold classified information for money. They acted on their beliefs. They are new dissidents, fighters against the system," the head of the State Duma's international affairs committee, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted

A somewhat different tack was taken by the head of the Kremlin's in-house human rights commission, Mikhail Fedotov, who told journalists that Snowden "deserves protection" and should file a request for refuge in Russia.

"If Mr. Snowden files such a request, then it can be considered by the president," Fedotov told the independent Interfax agency on Thursday.

"This situation is utterly clear to me from the point of view of human rights protection: a person, disclosing secrets concealed by special services, if these secrets are a threat to the society, a threat to millions people – which refers to the total surveillance of the Internet – such a person does deserve political asylum in this or that country," Fedotov said.


Russia may well work with Edcuador to transfer Snowden from that airport transit hotel to the
Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow. Ecuador has already held talks with Russia about the situation.



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Snowden Applies for Asylum in Russia


US whistleblower has applied for asylum in 15 countries, including Russia.


Al Jareeza News/Reuters: 01 Jul 2013



Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in 15 countries, according to a Russian official [Reuters]



US whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia, hours after President Vladimir Putin said Moscow had no intention of handing him to the United States.

The New York Times on Monday quoted a Russian official as saying Snowden had applied for asylum in Russia, as well as 14 other countries that he did not name.

A Russian immigration official, who didn't want to be named, told Reuters news agency that a Wikileaks activist who is traveling with Snowden handed his application to a Russian consulate in the transit area at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport late on Sunday.

It came hours after Putin said Moscow did not intend to hand him to US authorities, but said he must stop leaking information if he wished to remain in Russia.

Snowden "is not a Russian agent", Putin said on Monday, and that Russian intelligence services were not working with the fugitive American, who is believed to remain in the transit area at a Moscow airport eight days after arriving from Hong Kong.

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"Russia never hands over anybody anywhere and has no intention to do so," he said.
However, "if he wants to remain here there is one condition - he should stop his work aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners no matter how strange this may sound coming from me."


Norms of International Law


Putin said Snowden should choose his final destination and go there.
A senior Russian security official has said President Putin and US President Barack Obama had told FSB and the FBI, the security agencies of their respective countries, to seek a solution on the Snowden case, Russian RIA news agency reported.
Nikolai Patrushev, former head of the FSB and the current Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, made the statement during his appearance on Russia 24.

"Of course they do not have solutions that would suit both sides, that is why they have instructed the director of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov and head of FBI, Robert Mueller, to be in constant contact and come up with options for solutions."

Patrushev added that "the task at hand is not a simple one, since [the FSB and the FBI] need to find a solution within the norms of international law".
"Today there is no 'ready to use' formula" he said.
END


Ecuador President: Snowden's Future is out of our hands- He Needs to Be in Ecuador to Apply for Asylum

Rafael Correa tells Al Jazeera US Security Whistleblower has to be in Ecuador or Approach an Embassy to Secure Asylum.

Al Jareeza: 01 Jul 2013

Rafael Correa, Ecuador's president, has said his country will take a "sovereign decision" to consider US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden's request for asylum, but added that his fate is not in the hands of Ecuadorians.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Correa said Ecuador could not take any steps because Snowden was not on Ecuadorian soil and had not approached an Ecuadorian embassy.

The former National Security Agency freelance analyst is believed to be in Moscow's international airport and is wanted by the US for leaking confidential information about a surveillance programme called PRISM.
Snowden, who travelled to Moscow from Hong Kong, has since had his passport revoked by the US government.

Correa added that the Ecuadorian Ambassador in Russia had met Snowden but there had been no further contact with him.

Asked about the treatment of asylum given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Correa said that the difference with Assange was that he made it to the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Correa said that any decision to be made with respect to Snowden would be based on US and international laws.
He said that Snowden had been seeking asylum in countries such as Russia, China and Ecuador, which contradicts certain US senators' views that these countries restricts and monitors freedom of expression.

"Rest assured, we don't spy on anyone, unless it is organised crime," Correa said. "We don't accept anybody doing it."
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Snowden had no choice really, he was trapped in that transit hotel, as he had no visa to enter Russia, thus could not go to the Ecuadorian or any other countrys' Embassy in Moscow to apply for asylum, as is required.

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In Sunday’s “Worlds Apart” shown on Russia Today, Oksana Boyko interviewed me about the NSA leaks and the state of civil liberties in the world. I got a lot of positive feedback about that interview, so I’m publishing it here for your convenience.

It’s a bit long – half an hour, but it is in English.

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Video Interview with Educador's President Rafael Correa -"US has Always Refused to Return our Asylum Seeker Criminals"- Double Standards

The President of Ecuador Discusses Julian Assange and Whistleblower Edward Snowden's Attempt to seek Political Asylum in his Country.

Al Jazeera, 7 June 2013


Ecuador, a tiny South American nation, has found itself at the centre of an international dispute.

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency consultant-turned whistleblower, has asked President Rafael Correa for political asylum. Snowden is still in Russia evading an arrest warrant issued by the United States.
One year ago, Ecuador opened the doors of its embassy in London to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange so that he could avoid trial in Sweden and possible extradition to the US.

Ecuador’s centre-left President Rafael Correa says the same legal process will be applied before any decision on Snowden’s case. He has vowed to fight any type of international pressure, especially from Washington.

Correa has renounced to the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Erradication Act between Ecuador and the US. The agreement allowed some Ecuadoran products like flowers and vegetables to enter the US with reduced import tariffs. Ecuador says that Washington is using trade agreements to try to force Latin American nations to its will.

But many in Ecuador disagree with the government’s decisions - Ecuador’s flower industry is a vital part of the agricultural sector. Another problem is that the US dollar is Ecuador’s official currency, so Ecuador relies on exports to get the money to use at home.

Since Rafael Correa took office in 2007 his relations with Washington have been tense.

While less confrontational than Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, Correa has a history of standing up to the US. In 2009, he threw out a US military base in Manta and high-ranking diplomats. In 2011, he declared the US ambassador persona non-grata after Wikileaks published a cable alleging corruption. And last year, he took in the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange.
None of the previous incidents seriously damaged relations between the US and Ecuador.

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"This is a matter of national sovereignty. Correa is doing this not only because he believes that what the US is doing is wrong but also because he believes that no one has the right to get involved in our internal affairs," says Michel Levi Coral from the Andean Center for International Studies.
In the last weeks, Correa has been accused of double-standards. His country has recently passed a communications law that many say is an attack against freedom of speech.
Christian Zurita has already been on trial twice for writing a book that linked Correa’s brother to a corruption scandal. He says what is happening to him is an example of the serious threats that journalists face in Ecuador.

"I understand that Assange and Snowden are requesting political asylum to Ecuador. The fact that Snowden could come here is a good thing because the world will find out what the government is trying to do here. They are persecuting the press and journalists ... For everything you write from now the government can come after you," Zurita says.

But Correa’s supporters disagree and some journalists say the accusations are unfair - that the new law will give journalists rights that they had never had before.

Correa remains defiant and is slowly gaining force as a regional leader that is not afraid to poke the US in the eye every once in a while. He was recently reelected with almost 57 percent of the vote.

We met Correa last week in the town of Porto Viejo. And although Snowden’s situation continues to change almost every day he explained to Talk to Al Jazeera why he believes Ecuador could grant Snowden asylum if he were to make it to his country’s territory and why he believes that people like Assange and Snowden have done society a greater good.

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Oh Crap! Sweden Works for the US NSA=Wiretaps Russia



Documents: Sweden Wiretapping Russia’s International Traffic For The NSA


Earlier documents put in context with recent revelations show that Sweden has been systematically wiretapping Russia on behalf of the United States. This is clear after putting a number of previous questionable agreements and developments in context today.

The question that remains is what Sweden gets in return.


The story begins with a reporter’s feature in 2005 about the secretive Swedish intelligence agency FRA, Försvarets Radioanstalt, translated loosely to National Defense Radio Establishment. The story of Echelon had just broke, and the reporter Martin Jönsson dug far below the dirty surface. One thing that comes across in this new context is this passage:

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The NSA is the largest intelligence organization of the United States of America and of the world. The NSA is the center of the wiretapping network, where the FRA is also plays a part. The NSA is considerably larger than the CIA, and is targeted at signals intelligence. It operates planet-wide through wiretapping stations on the ground, on aircraft, on ships, and on satellites. Through an agreement from early Cold War days, there are close ties to the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. One of the common computer systems, Echelon, has erroneously come to be used synonymously with the entire surveillance network.

It’s also important to note just how deep the rabbit hole goes in the cooperation between the Swedish FRA and the U.S. NSA, and how questionable the real allegiance of the FRA is. A former Navy captain recalls when he had had FRA troops on board (part of the story):
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“They had important information they didn’t share with the Swedish Defense. We were developing countermeasures against Soviet missiles to protect our ships. At that point, the FRA had detailed information about the missiles in question; information they had received from the Americans. They didn’t give it to the Navy, and that was to protect their source, the NSA. It was more important to protect the cooperation with the NSA than it was to protect Swedish lives and interests.”
We know since the Echelon debate that the key players in the NSA wiretapping network are known to be five countries – the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Early 2007, reports surfaced in media that Sweden would get access to U.S. information and security research through an “exclusive agreement”, where Sweden would be “the sixth country”. This was a very conspicuous wording, but makes sense in context. According to the media reports, the agreement between Sweden and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be signed “late March”.

At the same time, a horrible piece of legislation had appeared in Sweden. Known as the FRA law, it allowed and mandated wiretapping of everything if it happened to cross Sweden’s borders at some point – web surfing, phone calls, mail, video conferences, the works. It was a violation of constitutionally and conventionally guaranteed privacy rights on every conceivable level. It changed the standard from “you have a right to expectation of privacy” to “for all intents and purposes, you are always wiretapped”.

There were huge protests against the wiretapping law at the time, in no small amount coordinated by myself and other pirate activists. With the administration having a very narrow parliamentary majority, the media drama logic was perfect. Unfortunately, the administration won, and the law passed – but I’ve learned since that the protests outside Parliament on that day really shook the administration to the core. To no avail, unfortunately.

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If we’re coordinating, it’s a rally, and we would need a permit, which we won’t get since it’s on the steps of Parliament. I’m going there as a private individual, completely unorganized. And then, perhaps a couple thousand other people are doing the same thing, how would I know?
Back to the Sweden-U.S. security agreement:



April 13, 2007. Swedish Minister of Defense, Odenberg (right), signs an agreement with the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Chertoff (left).


Put in context, the effect of the agreement is to wiretap all of Russia's international traffic and share it with the NSA. What did Sweden get in return?

As the Minister of Defense Odenberg signed the security cooperation agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the debate intensified in Sweden, to the point where the U.S. Embassy took an interest in the FRA law (according to the WikiLeaks cables).

Media reacted to this, and asked pertinent and important questions at the time, none of which got a response. In a piece titled “A deal with Washington is not a tea party“, one of Sweden’s largest dailies were sharply critical. Other newspapers, and the entire cadre of bloggers, echoed that sentiment.

Some time later, the actual agreement leaked through an unknown mechanism. It states that the U.S. and Sweden are basically to share surveillance and wiretapping data for security purposes, and much more. (Do note that the metadata of the document says it’s an agreement between Australia and the U.S., suggesting that there is a similar agreement in place between those countries, and that the metadata remained after the U.S. re-edited the agreement for Sweden.)
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“The objective of this Agreement is to establish a framework to encourage, develop and facilitate bilateral Cooperative Activity in science and technology that contributes to the homeland security capabilities of both Parties in: a) the prevention and detection of, response to, and forensics and attribution applied to, terrorist or other homeland security threats and/or indicators The Parties shall seek to achieve the objectives [...] by means which may include, but are not limited to:

a) facilitating a systematic exchange of technologies, personnel, and information derived from or applied to similar and complementary operational Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation;

b) collaborating to develop technologies and prototype systems that assist in countering present and anticipated terrorist actions in their respective territories and other homeland threats that satisfy their common strategic interests and requirements” [etc]
Back to the FRA law.

The concept of wiretapping everybody warrantlessly all the time was hugely controversial (rightly so), and the administration tried to justify it with every trick in the book. Among the less credible attempts was the statement that the wiretapping was necessary to protect our troops in Afghanistan against insurgents there. The obvious counterquestion – why on this green Earth insurgents in Afghanistan would use e-mail and phonecalls over Swedish servers – was met with a telling silence.

Then, Swedish media broke the story of what the FRA law was for ; Wiretapping Russia.

80% of all international Russian internet traffic passes through Sweden, making it an ideal wiretapping point if you want to keep tabs on an adversary. It made perfect sense. It was still a violation of fundamental privacy rights, but at least it made sense, especially in combination with the high-profile data-sharing agreement.
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“TeliaSonera has one of the world’s biggest global fiberoptic cable networks. The company maps show that the cabling is routed so all traffic to and from Russia goes through Sweden. All Russian mail and phonecalls abroad go through Stockholm, regardless of where the recipients are located.”
The administration protested loudly against those media breaks at the time, stating that the reports “hurt Swedish security”. That language is familiar by now.

Putting it all together, Sweden is wiretapping Russia for the NSA, and has been doing so since the FRA law took effect in Sweden. The FRA agency is continuously wiretapping Russia based on the agreement signed in April, 2007, and sharing the data with the NSA.

In this context, it is no coincidence that Sweden and the UK, as the only two European countries, recently chose to block EU investigations into U.S. wiretapping of European officials and industries.


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Update re: PhOtOs-Snowden Granted Asylum/Offered Job in Russia+NSA Updates

Runaway spy Edward Snowden 'has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela' WikiLeaks reveals

  • Anti-secrecy group made announcement after Russia politician said Snowden had accepted political asylum from the South American country
  • Alexei Pushkov, who has acted as an unofficial spokesman for the Kremlin on the Snowden affair, tweeted the remarks earlier today
  • Snowden, who revealed details of a US intelligence program to monitor internet activity, went to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on June 23
  • Venezuela has confirmed it received an asylum request from secrets whistleblower Edward Snowden - and offered him a safe haven there
  • U.S. diplomats are working to make it difficult for Snowden to find safe harbor in any of the nations that have offered him asylum
  • Tweet subsequently disappeared a few minutes after it was posted
By Daily Mail UK, 10 July 2013



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Wanted: Whistleblower Edward Snowden has not accepted an offer of asylum from Venezuela, Wikileaks said tonight



Whistleblower Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, WikiLeaks said today.
The anti-secrecy group made the announcement on Twitter this evening after a Russian politician tweeted earlier today that the former U.S. spy agency contractor had accepted political asylum from the South American country.

'Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela,' Wikileaks, whose British legal researcher Sarah Harrison is assisting Snowden and travelled to Moscow with him, later said on Twitter.

It added: 'The states concerned will make the announcement if and when the appropriate time comes. The announcement will then be confirmed by us.'

Unofficial spokesman for the Kremlin Alexei Pushkov had prompted the speculation today when he tweeted that the fugitive, believed to be in Russia and wanted by the US authorities for leaking security secrets, had accepted the offer from Venezuela.
The tweet was removed a few minutes after it was posted.

Soon after the tweet's disappearance he sent another message saying his claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Vesti.

However, no such information could be found on Vesti's website and no Russian news agency reported that Vesti had ever said it.

The TV channel could not immediately be reached for comment and the Kremlin declined comment on today's developments.

Mr Snowden, who revealed details of a US intelligence program to monitor internet activity, went to Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on June 23 and was believed to be headed for Cuba.

But he did not board that flight is believed to have been stranded in the airport's transit lounge ever since.


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had already offered asylum to Mr Snowden while Bolivia and Nicaragua said they too would grant asylum to the American fugitive.




Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has offered the fugitive a safe haven and 'humanitarian asylum'

Is Ed Snowden heading to Venezuela?





Ecuador said it will consider any asylum request.


Mr Maduro said it is perhaps the world's 'first collective humanitarian asylum' with various countries saying 'Come here!'
But the United States has cancelled Mr Snowden's passport and it is unclear if he has travel documents he would need to leave Moscow.
Mr Maduro said Mr Snowden 'will have to decide when he flies here, if he finally wants to travel here.'
On Friday he said: 'As head of state, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden so that he can live (without) ... persecution from the empire,' Maduro said, referring to the United States.

He made the offer during a speech marking the anniversary of Venezuela's independence. It was not immediately clear if there were any conditions to Venezuela's offer.

'In the name of America's dignity ... I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to Edward Snowden,' Maduro proclaimed during a military parade marking the country's Independence Day.



The escape route is fraught with problems for Snowden, and would mean him having to gain access to Russia and then taking a huge detour


'He is a young man who has told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion, about the United States spying on the whole world,' Maduro said.

But the Obama administration said yesterday that U.S. diplomats are working behind the scenes to make it difficult for Snowden to find safe harbor in any of the nations that have offered him asylum.
Snowden has received a temporary travel document to fly to Caracas, Venezuela, and both Bolivia and Nicaragua have also offered him political asylum, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters during his regular briefing that the United States will do what it can to stop him.

'The United States has been in touch via diplomatic and law enforcement channels with countries through which Mr. Snowden might transit or which might serve as final destinations for Mr. Snowden,' Carney said.

U.S. diplomats, he added, have 'made very clear that he has been charged with a felony, or with felonies, and, as such, he should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel other than travel that would result in him returning to the United States.'



An air plane, a supposed Aeroflot flight to Havana, rolls out in preparation for a take-off seen through a window of Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia


It's not clear whether the Obama administration is hoping a Latin American nation will double-cross Snowden and offer him up to Washington after he arrives from Russia.
But the U.S., Carney said, is still working to persuade Moscow to short-circuit the process and turn the fugitive over before he can leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo-2 airport.

Sources say Snowden will not be allowed to board the only Aeroflot plane that offers direct connections to Caracas, a regular service to Cuban capital Havana.

The routing overflies both the EU and the US and there are fears the plane will be denied rights to Western airspace, and forced to land, leading to Snowden's arrest.

The direct distance from Moscow to Caracas is 6,175 miles but it appeared too far for Snowden.
The escape route for Snowden is fraught with problems.


**SNOWDEN MOST LIKELY TO TAKE A PRIVATE JET BUT IT WON'T COME EASY**


In order for Snowden to get from Moscow to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas without facing threat of U.S. extradition he would need to take an indirect, 7,000 mile route to avoid U.S. airspace.
Cuba is the only country in which Snowden could land safely in a commercial plane without facing extradition but would have to pass through U.S. airspace or that of a U.S. ally whereby it could be forced to land prematurely.

A private jet is considered the best bet for Snowden but it is likely to cost in the region of $200,000 to charter and would need to be of a certain size in order to reach Caracas the long way round without refuelling.

So far, Venezuela has yet to offer to cover the cost of Snowden’s journey, meaning he will have to rely on either a private donor or Wikileaks to stump up the money.

A Gulfstream V jet would be up to the job but it then becomes a question of how many are available in Russia and who would be prepared to face the wrath of America by loaning one to its most wanted man.

With Russia getting publicly impatient with the US whistleblower's presence in its transit zone, his escape route is a logistical nightmare.

'Instead of going west to Venezuela, his obvious option is east to Vladivostok and then across the Pacific to Caracas,' said one source.

It would mean Russia allowing him to formally enter its territory, which so far it has refused to do, unwilling to upset the US.

This would also involve a 14,200 mile detour and a routing that would bring him close to the US state of Hawaii posing a risk to any private plane willing to take him on a route where there are no scheduled services.
One option for the fugitive is to charter a private plane.

Former CIA analyst Allen Thomson said: 'A private plane certainly looks like the best bet to me.
'It has the advantage of simplicity and minimum involvement by the Russian government,'

As Thomson told Foreign Policy, Snowden could avoid US-influenced airspace by flying north to the Barents Sea, through the Denmark Strait, head soutwhile avoiding Canaa's Newfoundland, until getting to the east of the Windward Islands, then squeezing through between islands
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**SNOWDEN MOST LIKELY TO TAKE A PRIVATE JET BUT IT WON'T COME EASY**


He was offered the use of a private jet, whenever he needed it, while he was still in Hong Kong
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Update re: PhOtOs-Snowden Granted Asylum/Offered Job in Russia+NSA Updates

How U.S. Government is Tapping Internet and Phone Calls from International Undersea Cables

  • Another top-secret National Security Agency slide, published by The Washington Post, exposes the even wider reach of the government's intelligence programs
  • Slide shows the surveillance of an extensive network of underwater fiber cables that go from North America to the rest of the world
  • This method is used in parallel to the government's monitoring of PRISM
10 July 2013

The U.S. government is tapping communications from all around the world using international undersea cables, it has been revealed.
In another top-secret National Security Agency slide exposing the even wider reach of the government's intelligence programs, a crude map shows the extensive cable network that carries a huge amount of the world's voice and internet traffic from either side of North America and onto the rest of the globe.

At the top of the slide in large letters the word 'Upstream' is written, with the description: 'Collection of communications on fiber cables and infrastructure as data flows past' and the code names Fairview, Stormbrew, Blarney and Oakstar.




New slide: Another top-secret National Security Agency slide, pictured, obtained by The Washington Post, has exposed the government's surveillance of underwater cables


Underneath, 'PRISM' is written, showing the eavesdropping on cables runs in parallel with the spying on technology giants such as Google and Yahoo that was blown open by whistleblower Edward Snowden.


An arrow on the left points to each with the caption, telling NSA staffers: 'You Should Use both.'


The overall heading of the slide, published for the first time today by The Washington Post, is 'FAA 702 Operations,' which refers to a 2008 law that allowed collection on U.S. soil for foreign intelligence purposes of communications of foreigners thought to be overseas without the need to get a warrant from a court.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence told The Sunday Post that legally authorized data collection 'has been one of our most important tools for the protection of the nation's - and our allies' - security. Our use of these authorities has been properly classified to maximize the potential for effective collection against foreign terrorists and other adversaries.'




Whistleblower: The tapping of cables extends from what NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden already made public about the use of PRISM


It added that the intelligence and law enforcement communities would continue to work will all members of Congress to ensure a proper balance is struck between privacy and protection for citizens.

It is not known how many American's emails or phone calls have been monitored because they are communicating with a potential foreign target.

The world's hundreds of undersea cables, many of which lie across the ocean floor, now carry 99 per cent of all intercontinental data including most international phone calls, The Post reports
END


Now The US is Training NEW Agents to SPY on Existing Agents....... .....


Obama executive order requires federal government employees to learn to spy on co-workers, to prevent more WikiLeaks-type disclosures

  • Reporter's question about the secret program has Obama press secretary Jay Carney 'stumped' during White House briefing
  • Program directs employees to report on co-workers' habits, travel, financial difficulties and unusual work hours
  • October 2011 executive order from the president created a task force led by James Clapper and Eric Holder, which set guidelines for federal agencies
By Daily Mail UK, 10 July 2013




President Obama is directing federal employees to rat out their co-workers in a program designed to spot former Bradley Mannings and Ed Snowdens, but experts doubt whether the program is wise or effective


The familiar command 'If you see something, say something' has been moved into the federal government's workplaces, according to a new report.
The government's Insider Threat Program, a comprehensive initiative that stretches across 5 million security-cleared employees of all federal agencies and their contractors, was brought to life following an executive order from President Obama in 2011. He issued the directive after Army Private Bradley Manning sent untold numbers of classified documents to the anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website.
The initiative asks federal government employees to spy on their co-workers, reporting to program agents on their unusual behaviors, strange attitudes, financial troubles and unprecedented travel - all indicators that a 'high-risk' person might be engaged in espionage or other leaking of secret materials in a way that might cause 'harm to the United States.'

In particular, it seeks to identify threats from federal employees who might cause 'damage to the United States through espionage, terrorism, unauthorized disclosure of national security information or through the loss or degradation of departmental resources or capabilities,' according to a secret government document prepared by a task force headed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder.

The program was highlighted in a lengthy report from the McClatchy News, whose reporters explored how psychological profiling of former computer hackers and espionage offenders revealed patterns and traits that spy experts believed could be identified pre-emptively



Naysayers point to the TSA's screening program as an indicator that federal government efforts to profile potential threats are far off the mark

White House press secretary Jay Carney was caught flat-footed during his briefing with reporters Wednesday, admitting that a question about the Insider Threat Program 'stumped' him.

'I confess that I did not go read the McClatchy story,' he said.

The government's own experts are questioning whether the program has value, and if it could be sacrificing personal civil liberties on the altar of enhanced security.

Eric Feldman, a former National Reconnaissance Office inspector general who oversaw spy satellite programs, said the program could create 'a repressive kind of culture.'

He told McClatchy that the answer to spotting potential leakers shouldn't be 'to have a Stasi-like response,' referring to the feared East German communists' secret police.


A Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday found that for the first time, a plurality of Americans believe government efforts to crack down on terrorism through surveillance of ordinary Americans has gone too far.
A strong majority said they see NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a 'whistle-blower,' rather than as a 'traitor.'



Fancy yourself a James Bond wannabee? Your Defense Department co-workers could rat you out as a reckless future secret-leaker



A task force headed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Attorney General Eric Holder (R) set the standards for the Insider Threat Program


A 2008 National Research Council report on detecting terrorists concluded that '[t]here is no consensus in the relevant scientific community ... regarding whether any behavioral surveillance or physiological monitoring techniques are ready for use at all.'
And 'doing something similar about predicting future leakers seems even more speculative,' Stephen Fienberg, a statistics and social science professor at Carnegie Mellon University told McClatchy.

Caitlin Hayden, a National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement that the Insider Threat Program includes provisions to protect 'civil rights, civil liberties and privacy,' but McClatchy reported that she didn't identify any of them.

The Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive oversees government programs that aim to detect secretive threats to national security. Its spokesman Gene Barlow said that in the past, co-workers of eventual leakers saw patterns of behavior that they never reported to anyone.

'The awareness effort of the program is to teach people not only what types of activity to report,' Barlow said, 'but how to report it and why it is so important to report it.'

But he cautioned that the program 'does not mandate' that employees report anything to their supervisors.
“It simply educates employees about basic activities or behavior that might suggest a person is up to improper activity,” he said.



The government has been stung by leaks from Edward Snowden, a fugutive former NSA contractor's employee who absconded with state secrets and leaked them to The Guardian, a British newspaper


'If you see someone reading classified documents they should not be reading, especially if this happens multiple times and the person appears nervous that you saw him, that is activity that is suspicious and should be reported, Barlow told McClatchy. 'The insider threat team then looks at the surrounding facts and draws the conclusions about the activity.'

Some agencies, however, have taken the program further than merely looking for deviations from normal work patterns.
The FBI is asking private security personnel to be on the lookout for employees with 'a desire to help the "underdog" or a particular cause,' those who are 'James Bond Wannabe[s], and anyone with a 'divided loyalty: allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the United States.'

The Pentagon is reportedly implementing a system-wide training program whose goal is to set up Insider Threat Program offices with access to every security official and contractor manager.
'What we really point out is if you’re in doubt, report, because that’s what the investigative personnel are there to do, is to get the bottom of "is this just noise or is this something that is really going on?"' a senior Army counterintelligence and security official named Larry Gillis told McClatchy



White House press secretary Jay Carney admitted Wednesday that a question about the Insider Threat Program 'stumped' him. 'I confess that I did not go read the McClatchy story,' he said


The program has become the subject of ridicule among some experts who say noticing odd behaviors isn't an effective tool for identifying future espionage suspects.
Thomas Fingar, a former State Department intelligence chief who chaired the National Intelligence Council, said that 'an amateur' like a typical federal employee would have little success. He also said employees should be oriented toward helping their co-workers, not toward reporting them for internal discipline.

But the Obama administration is poised to implement the program fully, following Edward Snowden's disclosures about NSA programs that scoop up communications data from ordinary Americans on the strength of directives from secretive courts.

'Leaks related to national security can put people at risk,' the president said just weeks ago.
'They can put men and women in uniform that I’ve sent into the battlefield at risk. They can put some of our intelligence officers, who are in various, dangerous situations that are easily compromised, at risk. ... So I make no apologies, and I don’t think the American people would expect me as commander in chief not to be concerned about information that might compromise their missions or might get them killed.'
END

Does that mean that the new name of the NSA will be NSAR (Rats) .... Remember that Rats usually turn on other Rats


New polls found that the majority of Americans see Edwards Snowden as a 'HERO,' not a 'traitor'......


Outspoken 'Hero': Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden says America's National Security Agency is 'in bed' with Germany and other Western states


...Edward Snowden?

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Update re: PhOtOs-Snowden Granted Asylum/Offered Job in Russia+NSA Updates

EFF Sues U.S. Government to Stop NSA Spying

Posted: 18 Jul 2013



The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the NSA’s spy programs.

The EFF is representing 19 diverse groups including Free Press, the Free Software Foundation, Greenpeace, the Callguns Foundation and the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.

The lawsuit accuses the authorities of violating the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights of the groups and its members by gaining access to their phone records.

“The First Amendment protects the freedom to associate and express political views as a group, but the NSA’s mass, untargeted collection of Americans’ phone records violates that right by giving the government a dramatically detailed picture into our associational ties,” EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn says.

“Who we call, how often we call them, and how long we speak shows the government what groups we belong to or associate with, which political issues concern us, and our religious affiliation,” Cohn adds

“Exposing this information – especially in a massive, untargeted way over a long period of time – violates the Constitution and the basic First Amendment tests that have been in place for over 50 years.”

The EFF seeks confirmation that the NSA surveillance programs violate the constitution and demands that they are stopped.
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BBC News 1 August 2013, 07:43 US ET


Snowden 'Leaves Moscow Airport'

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden leaves Moscow airport, his lawyer tells the BBC


The BBC's Moscow correspondent Daniel Sanford is reporting that Edward Snowden left Moscow Airport up to two hours ago:

Sheremetyevo Airport says Edward Snowden left one and a half to two hours ago


Snowden Granted 'One Year Temporary Asylum' in Russia

Edward Snowden has been granted one year of temporary asylum in Russia, according to his lawyer.

More to come.......

Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena has told the Wall Street Journal: "I already escorted him out of the airport into a taxi." But he declined to say where his client was heading to, except that he was going to a secure location.


"Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for a year and

has now left Moscow airport under the care of WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison”
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US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has left the Moscow airport where he has been staying since June, his lawyer told the BBC.

Anatoly Kucherena said Mr Snowden had received the necessary asylum papers to enter Russian territory from the transit zone at Sheremetyevo Airport.

The US has charged Mr Snowden with leaking details of its electronic surveillance programmes.
He arrived in Moscow on 23 June from Hong Kong, after making his revelations.

The Snowden affair has caused diplomatic ructions around the world, upsetting America's close allies and traditional enemies.

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, has given Moscow an assurance that he will not face the death penalty if extradited to America.

The Russians say they do not intend to hand him over.


Profile: Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, a former CIA technical worker, fled to Hong Kong in May after revealing extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.
Mr Snowden, 30, had been living with his girlfriend in Hawaii but left for the Chinese Special Administrative Region where, with his consent, the UK's Guardian newspaper revealed his identity.

After the US filed charges and asked local authorities to extradite him, Mr Snowden left Hong Kong on 23 June, initially for Moscow but with the intention of seeking asylum in Ecuador.
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said that Mr Snowden's asylum request was being "analysed".

Journalists who interviewed him at his secret location in Hong Kong described him as "quiet, smart, easy-going and self-effacing. A master on computers".

Explaining why he decided to leave the US, he told the Guardian: "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded."

The US has charged Mr Snowden with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence.
Each of the charges carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

With the knowledge that the US does have an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, Mr Snowden left on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow.


'Disillusioned'

Mr Snowden is reported to have grown up in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and later moved to Maryland, near the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade.
Describing himself as a less than stellar student, he is said to have studied computing at a Maryland community college to get the necessary credits to obtain a high school diploma. However, he never finished the course.




Mr Snowden spent some of his early years near the NSA HQ in Fort Meade

In 2003, he joined the US Army and began training with the Special Forces only to be discharged after breaking both his legs in a training accident.

His first job with the NSA was as a security guard for one of the agency's secret facilities at the University of Maryland. He then worked on IT security at the CIA.
Despite his lack of formal qualifications, his computer wizardry allowed him to quickly rise through intelligence ranks.
By 2007, he was given a CIA post with diplomatic cover in Geneva.

Mr Snowden told the Guardian UK :

"Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world. I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good."

Mr Snowden said he had considered going public earlier, but waited to see whether President Barack Obama's election in 2008 would change the US approach.

"[Mr Obama] continued with the policies of his predecessor," he said.

According to campaign finance records, Mr Snowden gave money in 2012 to Republican presidential long-shot Ron Paul, who supports strictly curtailing the powers of government.



Mr Snowden and his girlfriend reportedly moved out of their home in Hawaii on 1 May

Mr Snowden reportedly made two donations of $250 (£160) over the course of the campaign.
He left the CIA in 2009 and began working at the NSA as an employee of various outside contractors, including consulting giant Booz Allen.
The company confirmed he had been an employee of the firm for less than three months, assigned to a team in Hawaii.

"News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm, it said.

Mr Snowden admitted to Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper that he took the job at Booz Allen because he wanted access to classified information to gather evidence.

He was formally sacked on 11 June.

Mr Snowden was on a salary of $122,000 according to a statement from his employer.

He and his girlfriend moved out of their home in Waipahu, West Oahu, Hawaii, on 1 May, estate agents said, leaving nothing behind.
A neighbour told ABC that the couple usually kept the blinds and doors closed and "didn't really talk to anyone at all around here".

His girlfriend, whose personal blog includes photos of her pole dancing, has said her partner's sudden disappearance caught her by surprise.

"My world has opened and closed all at once," Lindsay Mills wrote. "Leaving me lost at sea without a compass."
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Update Re: PhOtOs-Snowden Granted Asylum/Offered Job in Russia+NSA Updates

Court Rejects First Russian ‘SOPA’ Lawsuit, Target Offers Snowden a Job

Posted: 04 Aug 2013



A brand new anti-piracy law went into effect in Russia. The legislation, which has been criticized by netizens and companies such as Google and Yandex, was met by a wave of protests.

In total around 1,700 sites and services took part in a SOPA-style ‘blackout’ in an effort to show how the law, which allows for pre-trial blocking of websites, could effect the nation.

A petition against the legislation has also been gathering lots of support. On Tuesday the Pirate Party of Russia press secretary Natalia Malysheva, said signatures were at 55,000. Today almost 75,000 have made their mark.

The law allows rightsholders to file an official complaint about any sites carrying infringing content or links to the same. Failure to remove that content in a timely manner can lead to entire domains being blocked at the ISP level.

Wasting no time, yesterday a local movie company was first out of the blocks. Distributor Kino Bez Granits (Cinema Without Borders) filed a lawsuit in the Moscow City Court against social networking giant vKontakte.

Company boss Sam Klebanov said the site was carrying copies of five of his movies included titles from Steve McQueen and David Cronenberg. He added that he’d told vKontakte about the problem two weeks earlier but they failed to respond. Vknotakte denied that version of events.

“Cinema without Borders turned to VKontakte with the requirement to remove the movies. We provided VKontakte with a list of our films and asked them to take measures to eliminate our content from their portal, otherwise we would use the mechanisms of the new law and go to court, and we did that,” Klebanov said.

However, everything did not go smoothly.

Along with its complaint, Cinema Without Borders was required to show that the company is the legal owner of the movies in questions. The art-house movie distributor thought that copies of that documentation would suffice, but the court disagreed. The lawsuit was subsequently rejected on the basis of inadequate paperwork.

Vkontakte is yet to comment on developments but has spoken out in the past on the difficulties of policing a site with more than 45 million users, any of whom could upload illegal copies or links to infringing content.


vKontakte Offers Snowden a Job



Finally, vKontakte will make headlines today on an entirely different issue. Yesterday National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia which allowed him to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

The papers given to him by the Immigration Service not only allow him to live in Russia but also to work there and if vKontakte have their way, he will be doing that under their guidance.

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“Edward Snowden – a man who denounced crimes against the citizens of the U.S. by intelligence services around the world – has received temporary asylum in Russia. At such moments, you feel proud of our country and regret towards U.S. policy – a country committed to the principles on which it was once built,” vKontakte founder Pavel Durov said in a statement.
“We invite Edward to St. Petersburg and will be happy if he decides to join our stellar team of programmers at VKontakte. In the end, there is no more popular European Internet company than VK. I think Edward might be interested in protecting the personal data of millions of our users,” Durov concludes.
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Update Navy Seals Guided from SPACE-Bin Laden Raid Leaked by Snowden+NSA Updates

Navy Seals Guided from SPACE, a Top Secret Lab that had Bin Laden's DNA and Clandestine NSA Operatives who Bugged Terrorist's Phones: New Details of Bin Laden Raid Leaked by Snowden

  • New classified information was included in 2013 'black budget' for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies
  • Documents state a branch of NSA tracked cell phones used by al-Qaeda operatives that led CIA to Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout
  • U.S. military lab in Afghanistan analyzed DNA from Bin Laden's corpse and gave positive ID eight hours after raid
  • National Reconnaissance Office satellite collected hundreds of high-resolution images of the Abbottabad compound a month before raid
By Daily Mail UK, 30 August 2013

Top secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed how a clandestine NSA unit helped bug phones to locate Osama Bin Laden, a previously undisclosed lab helped confirm his DNA and the SEALS who raided his compound were guided from space.

According to a packet of classified intelligence documents that were leaked to the Post by former NSA contractor-turned-Russian émigré Edward Snowden, the successful raid on Bin Laden's lair was made possible in part thanks to a team of top secret operatives known as the Tailored Access Operation group.

The elite hackers are tasked with breaking into computers and cell phone networks and installing spyware and locator devices. Such implants on devices owned by Al Qaeda officials were crucial to enabling the Bin Laden raid, according to the Post.

Documents also reveal the existence of a top secret lab Defense Intelligence Agency Lab holding Bin Laden's DNA that was able to confirm his identity within hours, and that a network of NSA satellites guided the SEALs on the raid and intercepted communications from the surrounding area.



Operation Neptune Spear: Leaked top secret intelligence documents revealed that the NSA played a key role
in the mission to find Osama Bin Laden by tracking cell phones of al-Qaeda operatives


The newspaper reported Thursday that the CIA was then able to identify the location of one of the cell phones belonging to an al-Qaeda operative, which was linked to the walled-in home in the affluent suburb of Abbottabad.

The classified information about the lead-up to the 2011 raid carried out by SEAL Team 6 was mentioned in the 2013 fiscal 'black budget' for the U.S. intelligence community.
The leaked documents, which include pie charts and graphs, show that the 16 agencies received nearly $53billion, with the biggest share of the budget - $14.7bllion - going to the CIA.

The NSA got $10.8billion, nearly half of which was spent on collecting, processing and analysing data.



Renegade: The classified documents detailing the 2013 fiscal budget for U.S. intelligence agencies
was leaked to the Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden


The secret documents filled in some gaps in information about the May 2011 raid, detailing how the operation was guided from space by satellites, which collected electronic data from Pakistan while the mission was in progress.

While the 178-page 'black budget' is scant on details, the fiscal documents mentioned that an NSA branch known as the Tailored Access Operation group was responsible for installing spyware and tracking devices to collect data from cell phones used by al-Qaeda operatives.

The budget also shows that a U.S. military laboratory in Afghanistan analysed DNA from Bin Laden's corpse and confirmed his identity shortly after he was killed.
The Pentagon denied more than a year ago it had any records of these tests in a response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Associated Press a day after President Barack Obama announced Bin Laden's death.
The Post reported that a forensic intelligence laboratory run by the Defense Intelligence Agency performed the DNA testing eight hours after the right, and the tests 'provided a conclusive match.'
The AP's request for records submitted on May 2, 2011, included DNA and facial recognition tests performed to ensure the body was Bin Laden's, all videos and photographs taken during the raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the death certificate and other records related to the mission.
In a March 2012 response, the Defense Department said it could not locate any of the files.


Secret lair: Thanks to the data gathered by the NSA, the CIA was able to identify the location of one of the
cell phones linked to a walled-in home in the affluent suburb of Abbottabad, Pakistan





Eyes in the sky: The documents stated that the raid on Bin Laden's compound was guided from space by satellites



Positive ID: A U.S. military laboratory in Afghanistan analysed DNA
from Bin Laden's corpse and confirmed his identity


The AP reported in July that the nation's top special operations commander, Adm. William McRaven, had ordered military files about the raid purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they more easily could be shielded from ever being made public.
The secret move appeared to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps the Freedom of Information Act as well.
The CIA has special authority to prevent the release of 'operational files' in ways that can't effectively be challenged in federal court.
Spokesmen for the Pentagon and CIA denied the move was intended to avoid the legal requirements of the FOIA. The Bin Laden mission was overseen by the CIA, they said, which meant the records about the raid should be housed with the spy agency.


Secret force: An NSA branch known as the Tailored Access Operation group was responsible
for installing spyware and tracking devices as part of the hunt for Bin Laden




Costly service: The NSA received $10.8billion in government funds in 2013, which is about $4billion behind CIA's budget


The CIA has not responded to a separate request for many of the same records about the bin Laden mission the Pentagon said it could not find.
A month before the launch of the operation to find and kill bin Laden, satellites operated by the National Reconnaissance Office collected hundreds of high-resolution and infrared images of the Abbottabad stronghold , which were ‘critical to prepare for the mission and contributed to the decision to approve execution,’ according to the classified documents.


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Pakistani Doctor who Helped CIA Hunt Down Osama bin Laden has 33 year Prison Sentence for Treason Overturned


  • Dr Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program outside bin Laden's compound
  • DNA was collected in an attempt to verify the al-Qaida leader's presence
  • He was convicted on unrelated charges of 'conspiring against the state'
  • Accused of giving money and providing medical aid to Islamic militants
  • A Pakistani judicial official overturned the sentence and ordered a re-trial
30 August 2013



Retrial: Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA hunt down
Osama bin Laden has had a 33 year prison sentence overturned


The Pakistani doctor who was hailed a hero after helping the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden has had a 33 year prison sentence for treason overturned.
Shakil Afridi was convicted in May 2012 on charges unrelated to the bin Laden incident of 'conspiring against the state' by giving money and providing medical treatment to Islamic militants in Pakistan's Khyber tribal area.

The doctor's family and the militants denied the allegations.
Yesterday a senior Pakistani judicial official overturned the sentence and ordered a re-trial, on the grounds that person who had issued the sentence had not been authorised to hear the case.

Dr Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA in an attempt to verify the al-Qaida leader's presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad. U.S. commandos later killed bin Laden there in May 2011 in a unilateral raid.
Pakistani officials were outraged by the bin Laden operation, which led to international suspicion that they had been harboring al-Qaida's founder. In their eyes, Afridi was a traitor who had collaborated with a foreign spy agency in an illegal operation on Pakistani soil.
The case has caused friction between Pakistan and the United States, complicating a relationship that Washington views as vital for fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida, as well as negotiating an end to the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

In the U.S. and other Western nations, Afridi was viewed as a hero who had helped eliminate the world's most wanted man.

Officials in Washington have called for Afridi to be released. Yesterday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told journalists that Afridi's continued detention 'sends exactly the wrong message.'



Critical intelligence: Dr Afridi ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA in an attempt to
verify the al-Qaida leader's presence at the compound in the town of Abbottabad (pictured)


'We hope this latest development leads to an outcome that reflects the fact that bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was clearly in Pakistan's interest - as well as ours,' Harf said.
The doctor was tried under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, or FCR, the set of laws that govern Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal region. Human rights organizations have criticized the FCR for not providing suspects the right to legal representation, to present material evidence, or to cross-examine witnesses. Verdicts are handled by a government official in consultation with a council of elders.
Anis, a commissioner tasked with enforcing the FCR, ruled that Afridi will be re-tried under the regulations by the top political official in Khyber, Shah said. Afridi was previously tried by the official's assistant.
The doctor's lawyer, Samiullah Khan, welcomed the decision to order a re-trial, saying: 'I think it is a good achievement for us.' He called the original decision to sentence Afridi to 33 years in prison 'totally illegal.'



Dr Afridi's brother Jamil Khan Afridi welcomed Thursday's ruling, but also demanded that
the next trial should not be held behind closed doors



But Khan said he was concerned about the decision to once again hold the trial under the FCR. He would rather the case be heard by a judge under Pakistan's normal legal system.
Khan said he had not been able to share the news with his client. The doctor has been held in prison with little contact with the outside world, and the lawyer said it had been months since he'd seen his client.
Afridi's brother Jamil Khan Afridi welcomed Thursday's ruling, but also demanded that the next trial should not be held behind closed doors.
'He should be tried in an open court in the presence of media so that the world will know that my brother is innocent,' the brother said. He called the allegations against Afridi 'baseless.'
The brother said the last time authorities allowed him to meet with Afridi was in August 2012, although the doctor's wife and children were allowed to see him on July 10.
It's unclear whether a re-trial will result in Afridi being released or simply receiving a reduced sentence.

Freeing the doctor would remove a sore point between Pakistan and the U.S. at a time when relations have warmed relative to the dark days following the bin Laden raid. But the operation still causes consternation in Pakistan, and it could be politically difficult for the government if Afridi is released.
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Update re: NSA/GCHQ Unlock Encryption Progs>Spy on Purchases

By Bogdan Popa

Microsoft Sues the NSA, Asks for Permission to Disclose More Data




Microsoft has recently moved the fight against the US government to the court, asking for permission to disclose more data and thus demonstrate that it didn't help the NSA spy on its' users.

Both Google and Microsoft have filed suits in June, the Redmond-based tech giant revealed, pointing to the US Constitution and its rights to share more information with the public.

Brad Smith, general counsel & executive vice president, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft, claims that Redmond has extended the deadline to reply to these lawsuits six times until now, but talks with the government have until now ended in failure.

“We believe it is vital to publish information that clearly shows the number of national security demands for user content, such as the text of an email. These figures should be published in a form that is distinct from the number of demands that capture only metadata such as the subscriber information associated with a particular email address,” Smith said.

“We believe it’s possible to publish these figures in a manner that avoids putting security at risk. And unless this type of information is made public, any discussion of government practices and service provider obligations will remain incomplete.”

Microsoft is not alone in the fight against the NSA and the US government. In addition to Google, some other unnamed companies in the technology sector joined Microsoft's effort to ask for permission on disclosing data concerning the requests it received for providing user details.

“With the failure of our recent negotiations, we will move forward with litigation in the hope that the courts will uphold our right to speak more freely. And with a growing discussion on Capitol Hill, we hope Congress will continue to press for the right of technology companies to disclose relevant information in an appropriate way,” Smith concluded.
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SITES THAT THE NSA (PRISM) ARE SPYING ON YOUR MOVEMENTS/ACTIONS/INFO


The Evidence...
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TOP SECRET.....

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Update re: NSA Director Admits Agency Spies on Twitter & Facebook

NSA & GCHQ Unlock Encryption Programs that EVERYONE uses to Email and Make Purchases on their Phones and Tablets

  • The NSA and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters spent at least three years trying to crack into protected traffic of the most popular Internet companies: Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft’s Hotmail
  • The intelligence agencies referred to these secret programs as 'Bullrun' and its British counterpart, 'Edgehill'
  • The intelligence agencies have used a collection of methods to thwart what they see as the biggest threats to their ability to access large amounts of Internet traffic: 'the use of ubiquitous encryption across the Internet.'
Daily Mail UK, 7 September 2013

The latest round of leaks by National Security Administration whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that U.S. and British intelligence agencies have cracked many of the online security encryptions that the general public - often unknowingly - relies on every time they send an e-mail, buy something online, consult with colleagues via their company’s computer network, or use a phone or a tablet on a 4G network.
Many of these security features - like Secure Sockets Layer and virtual private networks (VPNs) - are guaranteed by Internet providers as reassurance that they're online activities will not be compromised by criminals, or governments.

Britain's Government Communications Headquarters - likely in close collaboration with the NSA - spent at least three years trying to crack into protected traffic of the most popular Internet companies: Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft’s Hotmail. The intelligence agencies referred to these secret programs as 'Bullrun' and its British counterpart, 'Edgehill.'




Encryption: The NSA has successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect their private information online


According to leaked documents - obtained by multiple news outlets, including The Guardian and the New York Times - by 2012, GCHQ had developed 'new access opportunities' into Google’s systems.

The intelligence agencies, documents reveal, have used a collection of methods to thwart what they see as the biggest threats to their ability to access large amounts of Internet traffic: 'the use of ubiquitous encryption across the Internet.'

Some of the methods include 'covert measures' to guarantee that the NSA has control over setting international encryption standards and using supercomputers to crack encryption codes 'with brute force.' Additionally, the agencies are collaborating with tech companies and Internet providers - a practice the Guardian and the Times deems the agencies' 'most closely guarded secret of all.'

The collaborations allowed the intelligence agencies to install secret vulnerabilities - often referred to as backdoors or trap doors - to the companies' encryption programs.

Some of the previously secret information revealed in Snowden's latest leak is the existence of a program the NSA has been working on for 10 years, the goal of which was to crack encryption technologies that protected information. According to the documents, the agency had a breakthrough in 2010 that allowed for 'vast amounts' of data collection through 'exploitable' Internet cable taps.



Whistleblower: The new information was revealed in the latest round of documents leaked by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden

Documents also showed that the NSA spends roughly $250 million a year on a program designed to covertly influence tech companies' product designs.
In the documents, the NSA describes strong decryption programs as the 'price of admission for the US to maintain unrestricted access to and use of cyberspace.'
Additionally, the GCHQ has identified 'the big four' service providers as Hotmail, Google, Yahoo and Facebook, and has actively been looking for ways to get into the companies' encrypted traffic.

According to the agencies, however, the goal of such domestic spying programs is vital in counter-terrorism efforts and foreign intelligence gathering.
However, security experts say the agencies' programs aren't just part of foreign intelligence gathering, and are attacking the Internet as a whole, which effects the privacy of all users, not just criminals or terrorists.

'Cryptography forms the basis for trust online,' Bruce Schneier, an encryption specialist and fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, told the Guardian. 'By deliberately undermining online security in a short-sighted effort to eavesdrop, the NSA is undermining the very fabric of the internet.'



Britain's GCHQ collaborated with the NSA on the best ways to crack online encryption programs


He went on to say that classified briefings between the agencies celebrate their success at 'defeating network security and privacy.'
'For the past decade, NSA has lead [sic] an aggressive, multi-pronged effort to break widely used internet encryption technologies,' a 2010 GCHQ document stated. 'Vast amounts of encrypted internet data which have up till now been discarded are now exploitable.'

According to the documents leaked by Snowden, the key component of the NSA's war on encryption is its collaboration with large tech companies - the budget for the collaborative effort with the 'big four' is $254.9 million this year. The program 'actively engages US and foreign IT industries to covertly influence and/or overtly leverage their commercial products' designs,' the document states. 'These design changes make the systems in question exploitable through Sigint collection...with foreknowledge of the modification. To the consumer and other adversaries, however, the systems' security remains intact.'

The fact that the NSA had a relationship with several tech companies was first reported in August after another round of leaks from Snowden.
According to the leaked documents, the NSA reimbursed tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft millions of dollars each year for their participation in the agency's clandestine Prism surveillance program.each of the companies an opportunity to explain the new documents, asking each one specific questions about the payments they received from the government for their participation in the program.

'Federal law requires the US government to reimburse providers for costs incurred to respond to compulsory legal process imposed by the government. We have requested reimbursement consistent with this law,' a Yahoo! spokeswoman told the paper.

Facebook said it had 'never received any compensation in connection with responding to a government data request.'

Google provided a statement, but refused to answer any specific questions.

'We await the US government's response to our petition to publish more national security request data, which will show that our compliance with American national security laws falls far short of the wild claims still being made in the press today,' the statement said.

Microsoft - which seeks reimbursements from the government on a case-by-case basis - initially declined an on-the-record comment, but later provided a statement.

'Microsoft only complies with court orders because it is legally ordered to, not because it is reimbursed for the work. We could have a more informed discussion of these issues if providers could share additional information, including aggregate statistics on the number of any national security orders they may receive,' the statement read.

According to the Guardian, intelligence officials asked the publications not to publish information found in the released documents, claiming that it 'might prompt foreign targets to switch to new forms of encryption or communications that would be harder to collect or read.'
However, the news outlets 'removed some specific facts but decided to publish the story because of the value of a public debate about government actions that weaken the most powerful tools for protecting the privacy of internet users in the US and worldwide.'
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NSA Can Spy on VPN Traffic





Perhaps it doesn’t come as a complete surprise, but the NSA has found a way to listen into several types of secure communication. ProPublica, The New York Times and The Guardian report that, together with other intelligence agencies, the NSA has cracked several encryption technologies and put backdoors into security software.

The articles specifically mention VPNs, and the SSL and TLS protocols are also compromised allowing the intelligence agencies to monitor Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo traffic.
The reports don’t reveal which algorithms have been compromised and where the supposed backdoors are installed.
From a technical point of view it’s nearly impossible to break the most secure forms of VPN encryption in realtime. That said, older algorithms have been cracked in the past and the NSA never ceases to amaze.
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NSA Files (Raw Documents + Whistleblower Edward Snowden)

1. NSA COLLECTING PHONE RECORDS OF MILLIONS OF VERIZON CUSTOMERS DAILY. TOP SECRET COURT ORDER REQUIRING VERIZON TO HAND OVER ALL CALL DATA TO NSA (Story/Guardian)

2. NSA PRISM PROGRAM TAPS IN TO USER DATA OF APPLE, GOOGLE AND OTHERS. TOP SECRET NSA PRISM PROGRAM CLAIMS DIRECT ACCESS TO SERVERS OF FIRMS INCLUDING GOOGLE, APPLE AND FACEBOOK (Story/WashingtonPost/Guardian)

3. OBAMA ORDERS US TO DRAW UP OVERSEAS TARGET LIST FOR CYBER-ATTACKS. TOP SECRET OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE STEPS UP OFFENSIVE CYBER CAPABILITIES TO "ADVANCE US OBJECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD" (Story/Guardian)

4. BOUNDLESS INFORMANT: THE NSA?ÇÖS SECRET TOOL TO TRACK GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE DATA. 3-PAGE BOUNDLESS INFORMANT EXPLANATION DOCUMENT, WHICH SHOWS THE NSA COLLECTED ALMOST 3 BILLION PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE FROM US COMPUTER NETWORKS OVER A 30-DAY PERIOD ENDING IN MARCH (Story/Guardian)

5. TOP SECRET NSA BOUNDLESS INFORMANT TOOL DETAILS AND MAPS BY COUNTRY THE VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IT COLLECTS FROM COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE NETWORKS (Story/Guardian)

6. GCHQ INTERCEPTED FOREIGN POLITICIANS?ÇÖ COMMUNICATIONS AT G20 SUMMITS. EXTRACTS FROM LEAKED TOP SECRET GCHQ DOCUMENT DESCRIBING AGENCY?ÇÖS "RECENT SUCCESSES" SPYING ON FOREIGN POLITICIANS AT G20 SUMMITS (Story/Guardian)

7. THE TOP SECRET RULES THAT ALLOW NSA TO USE US DATA WITHOUT A WARRANT. TOP-SECRET DOCUMENT SHOWS FISA JUDGES SIGNED OFF ON BROAD ORDERS ALLOWING NSA TO MAKE USE OF INFORMATION "INADVERTENTLY" COLLECTED FROM DOMESTIC US COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT A WARRANT (Story/Guardian)

8. SECRET DOCUMENT DETAILS PROCEDURES THE NSA IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW TO TARGET "NON-US PERSONS" UNDER ITS FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE POWERS ?Çô AND WHAT THE AGENCY DOES TO MINIMIZE DATA COLLECTED ON US CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS (Story/Guardian)

9. ONE-PARAGRAPH ORDER, SIGNED BY FISA COURT JUDGE, DECLARES PROCEDURES SUBMITTED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF NSA ARE CONSISTENT WITH US LAW AND FOURTH AMENDMENT (Story/Guardian)

10. NSA COLLECTED US EMAIL RECORDS IN BULK FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS UNDER OBAMA. SECRET CORRESPONDENCE INVOLVING ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL MUKASEY IN 2007 REQUESTING PERMISSION FOR NSA TO EXPAND ITS "CONTACT CHAINS" DEEPER INTO AMERICANS?ÇÖ EMAIL RECORDS (Story/Guardian)

11. TOP SECRET DRAFT REPORT FROM 2009 BY NSA?ÇÖS INSPECTOR GENERAL SHOWS DEVELOPMENT OF "COLLECTION OF BULK INTERNET METADATA" UNDER PROGRAM LAUNCHED UNDER BUSH (Story/Guardian)

12. XKEYSCORE: NSA TOOL COLLECTS "NEARLY EVERYTHING A USER DOES ON THE INTERNET". TOP SECRET TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE XKEYSCORE PROGRAM DETAIL HOW ANALYSTS CAN USE IT AND OTHER SYSTEMS TO MINE ENORMOUS AGENCY DATABASES AND DEVELOP INTELLIGENCE FROM THE WEB (Story/Guardian)

13. VIDEOS(2): EDWARD SNOWDEN- THE WHISTLEBLOWER BEHIND THE NSA SURVEILLANCE REVELATIONS. EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE SOURCE BEHIND THE GUARDIAN?ÇÖS NSA FILES, TALKS TO GLENN GREENWALD IN HONG KONG ABOUT HIS MOTIVES FOR THE BIGGEST INTELLIGENCE LEAK IN A GENERATION (Story/Guardian)


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NSA Director Admits Agency Trawls Twitter & Facebook… But Insists They are NOT Building Personal Files on Americans

  • The head of the National Security Agency denied on Wednesday that the intelligence service compile's data on Americans' use of social networks
  • National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander told Senate Judiciary Committee that his agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cellphone locations
  • Claims the NSA does not use this technology
By Daily Mail, 2 October 2013


The director of the National Security Agency admitted today that the agency collects data from social networks and other private databases to hunt terror suspects but is not using the information to build dossiers, or personal files, on Americans.

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday that not all social network searches are authorized by a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, but the agency's actions are proper and audited internally.

Alexander called a recent New York Times report on the searches 'inaccurate and wrong.'






Denial: National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander gestures during a Senate Judiciary Committee
oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Capitol Hill on Wednesday


The Times report did not specifically cite dossiers, but said the NSA was exploiting huge collections of personal data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections.

The Times said the private data includes bank, flight, GPS location and voting records.

General Alexander told the Judiciary Committee that social networks are only investigated when they suspect 'someone who is part of a terrorist investigation'.

'The fact that people assume that we're out there mapping the social networks of US persons is absolutely wrong,' said Alexander.

'What we do go after is those that are the subject of a terrorist investigation or something like that.'

Defending the work of the NSA's surveillance efforts which have been under fire since the revelations of whistle-blower Edward Snowden in June, General Alexander said that the agency uses social networks to 'enrich' information on suspects.





Considered: National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill

in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing


'We don't have the Facebook and other stuff on those people here in the US. It would have to come from the foreign side,' he said.

Asked whether they would continue to investigate social networks if the suspect turned out to be an American, Alexander said that the investigation would be handed over to the FBI.

However, General Alexander did admit during the hearing that the National Security Agency once tested whether it could track Americans' cellphone locations, but he says the NSA does not use that capability.

Alexander said the agency conducted tests in 2010 and 2011 to see if it could handle the data, and then reported the tests to both House and Senate intelligence committees.

He claims the data gathered was never used for intelligence analysis.
These apparent clarifications follow on from revelations in the New York Times over the weekend which claim that for almost three years the National Security Agency has been tapping the data it collects to map out some Americans' social connections, allowing the government to identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information.

Citing documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, the Times reported that the NSA began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine some Americans' networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after NSA officials lifted restrictions on the practice.

The newspaper posted the report on its website Saturday.




National Intelligence Director James Clapper , left, accompanied by National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander,
testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee


A January 2011 memorandum from the spy agency indicated that the policy shift was intended to help the agency 'discover and track' connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, the Times reported.

The documents Snowden provided indicated that the NSA can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, the paper reported.

NSA officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing, the Times reported.

The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a 'contact chain' tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest, the paper reported.





Protestors hold signs, and CodePink founder Medea Benjamin wears oversized sunglasses on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act


The documents provided by Snowden don't specify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, the Times reported, and NSA officials wouldn't identify them.

However, NSA officials said the large database of Americans' domestic phone call records revealed in June was not used, the paper reported.

Disclosures from documents leaked by Snowden earlier this year have sparked debate over the government's surveillance activities and concerns that Americans' civil liberties have been violated by the data collection.

Russia has granted temporary asylum to Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., and his whereabouts remain secret.
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US N.S.A Broke Copyright Laws-Stole Logo
How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

Plundered PRISM asset without so much as a thank-you

By Damon Hart-Davis, 12th June 2013

Pics Shock, horror, scandal! America's NSA secretly took data from my website for its fiendish PRISM web-snooping project - and it ended up blasted all over the internet!

Top-secret slides detailing the massive electronic surveillance programme were leaked last week by ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden. A close inspection of the presentation reveals a terrible scandal missed by the entire mainstream media: the project's weird logo is startlingly similar, if not an exact copy, of my father's own work.




The leaked slides now all over the internet … notice the PRISM logo in the top right corner



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That NSA PRISM logo in full - and below flipped upside-down so you can compare it to the image below


The NSA may have set aside a paltry annual budget of $20m for its internet-data hoovering program (we're doomed, doomed, I tell you), but that didn't stretch as far as bunging over some loose change for using my dad's prism photo for its creepy PRISM logo: the original image is hosted on my online gallery for free-to-use pics, although there are caveats (such as a requirement to credit and link to us).


Here is the original:




Look familiar? … prism photo snapped by former Tomorrow's World presenter Adam Hart-Davis*
(used with permission, Click Here to see Full source)



On the other hand, I'm not convinced we really want a picture credit.

I am considering finding a bean-counter at the NSA and asking if he or she could scape together a small donation (which larger organisations often do, generously, in lieu of a fee), although I wonder if all my sites and activities would experience, ahem, enhanced scrutiny for a little while.

* Yes, that prism photo is by the Adam Hart-Davis, him off Tomorrow's World back in the day
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Edward Snowden Accepts Award for "Integrity in Intelligence", & Slams US Spying:

WikiLeaks Releases New Moscow Video of Fugitive NSA Leaker


Since receiving asylum in Russia in August, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden has rarely been seen in person. That changed earlier this week when Snowden made a rare appearance in Moscow to accept the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.

The award is given out annually by a group of former U.S. intelligence officials to colleagues they deem worthy of the recognition.

Snowden's appearance was captured on video, above, which WikiLeaks later posted to YouTube on Friday.

The series of six videos show Snowden, dressed in a dark suit and light-colored dress shirt, meeting several people in a nondescript banquet hall. The videos were recorded on Wednesday, according to WikiLeaks.

The ex-officials said Snowden expressed no regrets regarding his decision to leak top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, and added that he is adjusting to life in Russia, the AP reported.

Snowden’s temporary, one-year asylum in Russia expires on July 31, 2014.





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NSA Files (Raw Documents + Whistleblower Edward Snowden)

1. NSA COLLECTING PHONE RECORDS OF MILLIONS OF VERIZON CUSTOMERS DAILY. TOP SECRET COURT ORDER REQUIRING VERIZON TO HAND OVER ALL CALL DATA TO NSA (Story/Guardian)

2. NSA PRISM PROGRAM TAPS IN TO USER DATA OF APPLE, GOOGLE AND OTHERS. TOP SECRET NSA PRISM PROGRAM CLAIMS DIRECT ACCESS TO SERVERS OF FIRMS INCLUDING GOOGLE, APPLE AND FACEBOOK (Story/WashingtonPost/Guardian)

3. OBAMA ORDERS US TO DRAW UP OVERSEAS TARGET LIST FOR CYBER-ATTACKS. TOP SECRET OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE STEPS UP OFFENSIVE CYBER CAPABILITIES TO "ADVANCE US OBJECTIVES AROUND THE WORLD" (Story/Guardian)

4. BOUNDLESS INFORMANT: THE NSA?ÇÖS SECRET TOOL TO TRACK GLOBAL SURVEILLANCE DATA. 3-PAGE BOUNDLESS INFORMANT EXPLANATION DOCUMENT, WHICH SHOWS THE NSA COLLECTED ALMOST 3 BILLION PIECES OF INTELLIGENCE FROM US COMPUTER NETWORKS OVER A 30-DAY PERIOD ENDING IN MARCH (Story/Guardian)

5. TOP SECRET NSA BOUNDLESS INFORMANT TOOL DETAILS AND MAPS BY COUNTRY THE VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF INFORMATION IT COLLECTS FROM COMPUTER AND TELEPHONE NETWORKS (Story/Guardian)

6. GCHQ INTERCEPTED FOREIGN POLITICIANS?ÇÖ COMMUNICATIONS AT G20 SUMMITS. EXTRACTS FROM LEAKED TOP SECRET GCHQ DOCUMENT DESCRIBING AGENCY?ÇÖS "RECENT SUCCESSES" SPYING ON FOREIGN POLITICIANS AT G20 SUMMITS (Story/Guardian)

7. THE TOP SECRET RULES THAT ALLOW NSA TO USE US DATA WITHOUT A WARRANT. TOP-SECRET DOCUMENT SHOWS FISA JUDGES SIGNED OFF ON BROAD ORDERS ALLOWING NSA TO MAKE USE OF INFORMATION "INADVERTENTLY" COLLECTED FROM DOMESTIC US COMMUNICATIONS WITHOUT A WARRANT (Story/Guardian)

8. SECRET DOCUMENT DETAILS PROCEDURES THE NSA IS REQUIRED TO FOLLOW TO TARGET "NON-US PERSONS" UNDER ITS FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE POWERS ?Çô AND WHAT THE AGENCY DOES TO MINIMIZE DATA COLLECTED ON US CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS (Story/Guardian)

9. ONE-PARAGRAPH ORDER, SIGNED BY FISA COURT JUDGE, DECLARES PROCEDURES SUBMITTED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF NSA ARE CONSISTENT WITH US LAW AND FOURTH AMENDMENT (Story/Guardian)

10. NSA COLLECTED US EMAIL RECORDS IN BULK FOR MORE THAN 2 YEARS UNDER OBAMA. SECRET CORRESPONDENCE INVOLVING ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL MUKASEY IN 2007 REQUESTING PERMISSION FOR NSA TO EXPAND ITS "CONTACT CHAINS" DEEPER INTO AMERICANS?ÇÖ EMAIL RECORDS (Story/Guardian)

11. TOP SECRET DRAFT REPORT FROM 2009 BY NSA?ÇÖS INSPECTOR GENERAL SHOWS DEVELOPMENT OF "COLLECTION OF BULK INTERNET METADATA" UNDER PROGRAM LAUNCHED UNDER BUSH (Story/Guardian)

12. XKEYSCORE: NSA TOOL COLLECTS "NEARLY EVERYTHING A USER DOES ON THE INTERNET". TOP SECRET TRAINING MATERIALS FOR THE XKEYSCORE PROGRAM DETAIL HOW ANALYSTS CAN USE IT AND OTHER SYSTEMS TO MINE ENORMOUS AGENCY DATABASES AND DEVELOP INTELLIGENCE FROM THE WEB (Story/Guardian)

13. VIDEOS(2): EDWARD SNOWDEN- THE WHISTLEBLOWER BEHIND THE NSA SURVEILLANCE REVELATIONS. EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE SOURCE BEHIND THE GUARDIAN?ÇÖS NSA FILES, TALKS TO GLENN GREENWALD IN HONG KONG ABOUT HIS MOTIVES FOR THE BIGGEST INTELLIGENCE LEAK IN A GENERATION (Story/Guardian)


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US Spy Programs May Have Gone Too far: Lawmakers


A Spanish newspaper published a document that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone.

6 hrs ago By Julie Pace of Associated Press


— Faced with anger over revelations about U.S. spying at home and abroad, members of Congress suggested Tuesday that programs the Obama administration says are needed to combat terrorism may have gone too far.
The chairman of the House intelligence committee said it might help to disclose more about National Security Agency operations but barring NSA from collecting millions of Americans' phone records would scrap an important tool.

"We can't ask the FBI to find terrorists plotting an attack and then not provide them with the information they need," said Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. He spoke at the start of a hearing where top intelligence officials were testifying, including National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander.

A bipartisan plan introduced Tuesday would end the NSA's massive sweep of phone records, allowing the government to seek only records related to ongoing terror investigations. Critics both at home and abroad have derided the program as intrusive and a violation of privacy rights.
The proposal comes as President Barack Obama and key lawmakers are saying it's time to look closely at surveillance programs that have angered many Americans and now are drawing complaints from world leaders because of reports that their cellphone conversations were monitored.

The White House is considering ending eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, a senior administration official said.
The administration tried to tamp down damage Tuesday from the months-long spying scandal — including the most recent disclosure that the National Security Agency had monitored the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A final decision about listening in on allies has not been made, the senior official said.




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Scroll down to see: U.S. surveillance on world leaders profile.

The White House also faces complaints at home about the NSA collecting millions of Americans' phone records and sweeping up Internet traffic and email. The Obama administration defends those programs as important in the fight against terrorism.

Asked about the reports of eavesdropping on world leaders, Obama said in a television interview that the U.S. government is conducting "a complete review of how our intelligence operates outside the country." Obama declined to discuss specifics or say when he learned about the spying operations.

"What we've seen over the last several years is their capacities continue to develop and expand, and that's why I'm initiating now a review to make sure that what they're able to do doesn't necessarily mean what they should be doing," he said Monday on the new TV network Fusion.


President Obama Did Not Know the Extent of NSA Spying and The Resulting Damage it Could Cause, - Until Snowden Leaked the Info

A second U.S. official said Obama did not know the NSA was monitoring Merkel's communications until after his visit to Germany in June. The official said information about the surveillance of foreign leaders emerged in the course of the White House's broader review of spying programs, triggered by media reports based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and insisted on anonymity.

The White House says the United States isn't currently listening to Merkel's conversations and won't do so in the future.

On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said there should be a thorough review of intelligence gathering, bearing in mind the responsibility to keep Americans safe from terrorism and the nation's obligations to allies.

"We have to find the right balance here," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "And clearly, we're imbalanced."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for a "total review of all intelligence programs" following the Merkel allegations. In a statement, the California Democrat said the White House had informed her that "collection on our allies will not continue."
The senior administration official said that statement was not accurate, but added that some unspecified changes already had been made and more were being considered, including terminating the collection of communications from friendly heads of state. That official also was not authorized to divulge information about the program by name and insisted on anonymity.

Reports based on new leaks from Snowden indicate that the NSA listened in on Merkel and 34 other foreign leaders.

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"With respect to NSA collection of intelligence on leaders of U.S. allies — including France, Spain, Mexico and Germany — let me state unequivocally: I am totally opposed," Feinstein said.

She added that the U.S. should not be "collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers" unless in an emergency with approval of the president.

In response to the revelations, German officials said Monday that the U.S. could lose access to an important law enforcement tool used to track terrorist money flows.

Other longtime allies have also expressed their displeasure about the U.S. spying on their leaders.

Spain's prosecutor's office said Tuesday it has opened a preliminary inquiry to determine whether a crime was committed by NSA surveillance.

French President Francois Hollande said the United States should not be eavesdropping on its allies but that U.S. officials were cooperating with Europe on fixing the problem.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo's office on Tuesday confirmed a report in De Standaard that at his most sensitive meetings, the premier is asking government ministers to leave their mobile phones outside the room.

As possible leverage, German authorities cited last week's non-binding resolution by the European Parliament to suspend a post-9/11 agreement allowing the Americans access to bank transfer data to track the flow of terrorist money. A top German official said Monday she believed the Americans were using the information to gather economic intelligence apart from terrorism and said the agreement, known as SWIFT, should be suspended.

European Union officials who are in Washington to meet with lawmakers ahead of White House talks said U.S. surveillance of their people could affect negotiations over a U.S.-Europe trade agreement..

Associated Press writers Connie Cass, Donna Cassata and Kimberly Dozier in Washington, Frank Jordan, Geir Moulson and Robert H. Reid in Berlin, Juergen Baetz in Brussels, Ciaran Giles, Jorge Sainz and Alan Clendenning in Madrid and Sarah DiLorenzo in Paris contributed to this report.






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Russia Denies Spying on G20 Leaders at St Petersburg Summit

President Putin's spokesman says allegations are aimed at diverting attention away from controversy over NSA surveillance

Lizzy Davies in Rome
The Guardian, Tuesday 29 October 2013


President Putin at the welcoming ceremony of the G20 summit in St Petersburg in September. Photograph: Sergey Guneev/EPA


Russia has denied reports it attempted to spy on foreign powers meeting at the G20 summit in St Petersburg earlier this year, denouncing the allegations as a "clear attempt to divert attention" from revelations concerning the United States' National Security Agency.


Two Italian newspapers claimed on Tuesday that USB flash drives and cables to charge mobile phones that were given to delegates – including heads of state – at the September meeting were equipped with technology to retrieve data from computers and telephones.
The St Petersburg summit on 5 and 6 September came at a particularly delicate point in relations between the Kremlin and the White House. Tensions were high over the possibility of military strikes on Syria, as well as over Russia's decision in August to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The revelations from his dossier of leaked material continue to shake Washington DC and inflame parts of Europe.

According to La Stampa and Corriere della Sera, the first person to raise the alarm over the Russian devices was Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European council, who allegedly went to intelligence services in Brussels and Germany for advice on whether they were what they seemed.
Initial tests carried out by the German secret services reportedly revealed the devices to be equipped with "Trojan horse" programmes "capable of illicitly picking up computer and mobile phone data", according to a warning allegedly sent subsequently to guest countries represented at the G20 summit.


Delegates were urged "to take every possible precaution in the event of these objects having been used and, if they have not been, to hand them over to the security services for further tests", according to Corriere. It said further tests were ongoing.
It was unclear how many delegates and leaders had received the gifts and even less clear whether any of them had actually used the flash drives and chargers, the newspapers wrote.


Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denied the allegations, saying they were "a clear attempt to divert attention from a problem that really exists: the US's spying, which is now a subject of discussion among European capitals and Washington". He told the Ansa news agency that Russia does not know the sources of the reports, adding that in any case they were baseless.


But the eyebrow-raising claims of what La Stampa termed "Putin's poisoned gift" appeared to have prompted the Italian government to take action on the growing number of allegations regarding covert spying operations. In a statement on Tuesday, it said the country's prime minister, Enrico Letta, had called for the inter-ministerial security committee to meet on Thursday to discuss "questions pertaining to the security of telecommunications in the light of the Datagate [NSA] affair and the revelations on the last G20".


The Italian reports are not the first to have accused a G20 host nation of spying on its guests. In June, the Guardian disclosed that foreign politicians and officials who took part in two such meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts.

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Hundreds March in Washington Against NSA Spying

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Demonstrators hold signs during the 'Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance' march near the US Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

By Alina Selyukh and Greg Savoy of Reuters


WASHINGTON — Hundreds of protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest the U.S. government's online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

People carried signs reading: "Stop Mass Spying," "Thank you, Edward Snowden" and "Unplug Big Brother" as they gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Americans furious with US spying demonstrate in Washington


The march attracted protesters from both ends of the political spectrum as liberal privacy advocates walked alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement in opposition to what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans.

"I consider myself a conservative and no conservative wants their government collecting information on them and storing it and using it," said Michael Greene, one of the protesters.
"Over the past several months, we have learned so much about the abuses (of privacy) that are going on and the complete lack of oversight and the mass surveillance into every detail of our lives. And we need to tell Congress that they have to act," said another protester, Jennifer Wynne.

The event was organized by a coalition known as "Stop Watching Us" that consists of some 100 public advocacy groups and companies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, Occupy Wall Street NYC and the Libertarian Party.




Reuters Photo: Jonathan Ernst



A protester wears a mask depicting a skull beneath the head of the Statue of Liberty near the US Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The groups have been urging Congress to reform the legal framework supporting the NSA's secretive online data gathering since Snowden's disclosure of classified information about the programs that are designed to gather intelligence about potential foreign threats.

The Obama administration and many lawmakers have defended the NSA programs as crucial in protecting U.S. national security and helping thwart past militant plots. They have also said the programs are carefully overseen by Congress and the courts.

Snowden's disclosures have raised concerns that NSA surveillance may span not just foreign, but domestic online and phone communication.



"We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's and the FBI's data collection programs,"
Stop Watching Us said in a letter addressed to members of Congress posted online, calling for a reform of the law known as the Patriot Act.

That law marked its 12th anniversary on Saturday. It was passed in 2001 to improve anti-terrorism efforts and is now under scrutiny by privacy advocates who say it allows "dragnet" data gathering.

"Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They're wrong," Snowden said in a statement before Saturday's rally. Wanted in the United States on espionage charges, he is now in temporary asylum in Russia.

His latest disclosures showed that the United States may have tapped the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adding to the growing outrage against U.S. data-gathering practices abroad and prompting a phone call between Merkel and President Barack Obama.


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From Bolivia to Germany to India, protests abound over U.S. spying and world leaders complain bitterly that the National Security Agency may have tapped their phones or read their private email. Revelations are becoming almost daily occurrences and are sourced to former NSA employee Edward Snowden, whose leaking of highly sensitive NSA documents show the U.S. is systematically seizing vast amounts of phone and web data.

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In Mass Surveillance Fallout, European Parliament Votes To Suspend Financial Data Sharing With United States

Posted: 30 Oct 2013




Privacy: This week, the European Parliament voted to immediately suspend the sharing of European financial tracking data with the United States in a 280-254 decision, as well as calling for criminal investigations of the NSA. This follows in the footsteps of mass surveillance revelations that the NSA has illegally hacked into the SWIFT financial data. This appears to be yet another public wake-up and backlash against the secretive wiretapping industry.

The European Parliament has voted to immediately suspend the SWIFT data-sharing program with the United States. This follows on revelations that the NSA has hacked into the SWIFT system, which manages European and global financial transactions, and illegally given themselves access to the entire system. The European Parliament considers this to be so thorough and brutal a breach of trust, that the data-sharing agreement is called to be revoked immediately.

Under the so-called SWIFT data-sharing agreement, European financial transactions are sent to the United States in bulk, in a joint attempt to combat terrorism in the Terrorist Finance Tracking System (TFTS). Critics of the program have pointed out that it is a privacy violation of European citizens, as well as a naïve way of giving U.S. industries the upper hand in business negotiations by giving them an information advantage.


The European Parliament instructs the police of the European states to begin criminal investigations into the NSA’s dealings:

(from the Europarl report)

10. Asks the Council and the Member States, in the light of the above, to authorize an investigation by the Europol Cybercrime Centre into the allegations of unauthorized access to financial payment data governed by the Agreement;

11. Calls on the special inquiry by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs into the mass surveillance of EU citizens to further investigate the allegations of unlawful access to financial payment messages covered by the Agreement;

The SWIFT data-sharing agreement was championed by European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, who first negotiated it while sitting on a different chair, and then championed it from the Commission once having been appointed European Commissioner, insisting that the European Parliament must approve it. She has bet a lot of her career on this data-sharing, and the European Parliament’s vote this week is not just a blow to the credibility and trustability of the United States, but also to her personal political career.

It remains to be seen if Commissioner Malmström intends to defy the European Parliament by refusing to suspend the data sharing. It also remains to be seen if a revocation of voluntary data sharing has any practical effect, seeing how the NSA has illegally given itself access to the data anyway.


We Know With 100% Certainty That Mass Surveillance Hasn’t Foiled A Single Terror Plot





Privacy: We know with 100% absolute certainty that the wiretapping industry – NSA, GCHQ, FRA, etc – has stopped a total of exactly zero terror plots. We can be certain of this fact, as there have been no trials and no convictions of planning widespread destruction. Planning such a crime is almost as serious a crime as executing it, and while there can be secret evidence in some uncivilized countries, the courts and trials themselves are not secret.

In an attempt to justify their existence, the NSA, the GCHQ, the FRA, and other similar governmental agencies in the wiretapping industry tend to say that their existence and actually-criminal operations are justified by the fact that they “foil terror plots” – a textbook example of how the ends justify the means, and of the necessity of upholding the law by systematically breaking it.

We have heard this justification from the NSA, the GCHQ, and the FRA alike, just like from their brethren.
However, we know for a certainty that they are lying.

If an act of terror was being planned in some stage sufficienty advanced to talk of it in terms of a “terror plan”, then such planning and preparation is itself a crime. In Sweden, the principal crime is “causing devastation with a hazard to the public” (allmänfarlig ödeläggelse), and that is a crime that carries a prison sentence in the double digits or even life in prison. Planning and preparing for such a crime (“förberedelsebrott”) carries practically as high a sentence as carrying it out.

So if such a planning had actually been discovered, it would be in the courts, and somebody would be on trial for it. That sequence of events is absolutely inescapable. We don’t have secret courts (even if some uncivilized countries insist of having secret evidence); the trials and charges are public, so that the public can hold the judicial branch to proper account under transparency.

But no such charges have been filed, and no such trials have been held, and most importantly, there have been no convictions. It is absolutely and positively unthinkable, that if a terror plot was foiled, that no charges would be filed. If somebody had been discovered to prepare for “devastation with a hazard to the public”, that would mean a very serious crime had been committed with penalties including the harshest possible sentence – life in prison – and such criminals would have been brought to justice exactly 100% of the time, resulting in convictions if there were a “terror plot”.

Seeing how this has not happened, we can be absolutely certain that the wiretapping industry has stopped a total of exactly zero so-called “terror plots”.

In other words, when the governmental agencies of the wiretapping industry are mumbling about having stopped “fifty or so plots but we can’t tell you about them”, they are using a well-established political persuasion method called lying like a ****ing weasel.

The Author: Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy.
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NSA bulk collection of phone data is illegal and has only had 'minimal' benefits in preventing terrorism, independent U.S. privacy watchdog finds

  • Government taskforce reviewed surveillance programme for four months
  • Urging Obama to stop agency's bulk collection of telephone data
  • Also suggests purging inventory of millions of Americans' calling records
  • Recommendation made by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Daily Mail UK, 23 January 2014



Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden who exposed the NSA practices

A government taskforce that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance programme for four months is urging President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records.

The recommendation from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to abandon the NSA's phone surveillance was even more sweeping than a similar proposal from another panel of experts.

That panel, the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, advised Obama in December to restrict phone surveillance to limited court-ordered sweeps.
The oversight board's new 234-page report - a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press - contained several strong dissents from two members of the five-member board - former national security lawyers from the Bush administration who recommended that the government retain its broad phone surveillance authority.

The board disclosed key parts of its report to Mr Obama earlier this month before he unveiled his plans during a speech last week to the nation.
In that speech, the President said the bulk phone collection program would continue for the time being. He directed the Justice Department and intelligence officials to find ways to end the government's control over the phone data.
And he narrowed the NSA's bulk collection by insisting on close supervision by a secret federal intelligence court and reducing the wide chain of calls that the NSA may track.

Phone companies have said they do not want to take responsibility for overseeing the data under standards set by the NSA.




Barack Obama speaking about the National Security Agency and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the U.S. department of justice in Washington on January 17, 2014




President Barack Obama shakes hands as he leaves the East Room of the White House this week. A government taskforce that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance programme for four months is him to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data


Warning that the NSA's massive daily intake of calling records 'raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties,' a three-member majority of the oversight board said the government should end the surveillance program and 'purge the database of telephone records that have been collected and stored during the program's operation.'

The board said the NSA should instead seek records directly from phone service providers using 'existing legal authorities.'

The NSA's surveillance programs and other operations began coming to light last year - and drawing intense criticism - after revelations fueled by an estimated 1.7 million documents taken by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden and handed over to several journalists around the world.
Most controversial has been the NSA's collection of data on Americans' telephone calls and Internet messages.
The NSA says it does not listen in on the phone calls or read the Internet messages without specific court orders on a case-by-case basis as it tracks potential terrorist plots.

Along with its call for ending bulk phone surveillance, the oversight board report outlined 11 other recommendations on surveillance policy, calling for more government transparency and other reforms aimed at bolstering civil liberties and privacy protections.

The board called for special attorneys to provide independent views in some proceedings before the secret spy court - as opposed to Obama's plan for a panel of experts that would participate at times. The board also urged the administration to provide the public with clear explanations of the legal authority behind any surveillance affecting Americans.




In danger: Snowden took refuge in Moscow to evade treason charges after disclosing U.S. state secrets on NSA intelligence gathering, and now fears for his life and wants to increase security


Legal opinions and documents 'describing the government's legal analysis should be made public so there can be a free and open debate regarding the law's scope,' the board said.

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have been criticized by civil liberties advocates and by tech industry officials for failing to provide clear public explanations of the decision-making behind their surveillance policies.

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'Purge the database of telephone records that have been collected and stored during the program's operation'

Three-member majority of the oversight board
While the oversight board found consensus in some of its recommendations for transparency, its members were sharply divided when it came to the surveillance programs and their judicial oversight.
Two members, former Bush administration Justice Department lawyers Rachel Brand and Elisebeth Collins Cook, defended the bulk phone sweeps and said they were too valuable to shut down.

'I am concerned about the detrimental effect this superfluous second-guessing can have on our national security agencies and their staff,' said Brand, who as a Justice lawyer defended USA Patriot Act legislation that provided the NSA with its authority to make the bulk phone collections.

But the oversight board's three other members - executive director David Medine, former federal judge Patricia Wald and civil liberties advocate James Dempsey - held firm for broad changes.
'When the government collects all of a person's telephone records, storing them for five years in a government database that is subjected to high-speed digital searching and analysis, the privacy implications go far beyond what can be revealed by the metadata of a single telephone call,' the majority wrote.

The oversight board was created in 2005, urged by the independent commission on the 9/11 attacks as a key organizational reform needed to balance counterterrorism policy with civil liberties concerns.

The board functioned fitfully for several years, often short on members because of Congress' inaction. It finally won legislative approval last year for all five members and staff and took on its study of the NSA programs at the urging on Obama and congressional leaders.
The rival Review Group urged Obama to consider expanding the oversight board's purview to include all intelligence operations.

As part of that change, the Review Group also wants the oversight board's name changed to the Civil Liberties and Privacy Protection Board. Medine has balked at that change, worried the group will become known as the CLPP board.

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'I'm not a spy': Edward Snowden denies 'absurd' theory that he is working with the Russians to leak U.S. intelligence documents


  • Snowden has been accused of working with the Russians to leak U.S. data
  • In the past, he has also been accused of working with Chinese spies
  • He has denied all of the claims, calling them 'absurd' false accustations
  • Allegations come after Snowden's lawyer said he was fearing for his life
  • Since the leaks, Obama has trimmed powers of U.S. intelligence agencies

Former U.S. government contractor and intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has denied accusations that he worked in collaboration with the Russian government to leak documents about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, calling the theories 'absurd'.

His denial came after the House Intelligence Committee chair, Rep. Mike Rogers, who is in charge of an ongoing investigations into Snowden's relationship with Russia, said: 'I believe there's a reason he ended up in their hands, the "loving arms" of an FSB (Russian security) agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence.'
In response to the allegations, Snowden said: 'I clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.

'It won't stick, because it's clearly false, and the American people are smarter than politicians think they are. This Russian spy push is absurd.'




Snowden has denied the accusations of the House Intelligence Committee that he worked with the Russian security services to leak documents about U.S national security


In addition, a top member of the the House's Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Rachel McCaul, said: 'I personally believe that he was cultivated by a foreign power to do what he did.

'I can't give a definitive statement on that, but I've been given all the evidence I know Mike Rogers has access to. I don't think he was working alone.'

Speaking in an interview, Snowden pointed to the forty days he spent trapped in Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow after he fled the U.S., as evidence that he had worked alone.
He said: 'Spies get treated better than that.'

This is not the first allegation against Snowden claiming he is a spy. Last July he was accused of working for the Chinese, and has come out against the media for reporting the allegations both last year, and today.

He said: 'If I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly to Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a Phoenix by now. The media has a major role to play in American society, and they're really abdicating their responsibility to hold power to account.'




US President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques in the US, reacting to leaks by former N.S.A contractor Edward Snowden



In the speech Obama said more could be done to protect the civil liberties of his citizens, and also pledged to end spying on friendly heads of state


The allegations have come only days after President Barack Obama spoke last Friday about the trimming the power of U.S. intelligence services, reacting to the leaks by Snowden.

Speaking at the U.S. Department of Justice on January 17, he called for new privacy safeguards and said he had stopped the NSA spy taps on friendly world leaders.

The president said he would be ending the NSA's hoarding of telephone "metadata", informaion that shows the detail and destination of calls, but not their content, agreeing with critics who said that the program could open the door to more intrusion.
However, Obama has decided that he will allow bulk phone data sweeps of the citizens living in the U.S. to continue as an anti-terror tool.

He said: 'I believe we need a new approach. I am therefore ordering a transition that will end the Section 215 bulk metadata program as it currently exists, and establish a mechanism that preserves the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk meta-data.

Since Obama's long awaited speech, Snowden has had fears for his life according to his Russian lawyer.



In danger: Snowden took refuge in Moscow to evade treason charges after disclosing U.S. state secrets on NSA intelligence gathering, and now fears for his life and wants to increase security


Explicit threats to kill him were made anonymously by Pentagon and National Security Agency officials, alleged Anatoly Kucherena.


In an interview with Russian news channel Vesti, he said: 'There are real threats to his life out there that actually do exist.
‘These statements call for physical retribution against Edward Snowden.’

Kucherana was referring to an article last week on BuzzFeed entitled ‘American Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead’.

It quoted a Pentagon official as saying: ‘I would love to put a bullet in his head.’


Another source described as a current NSA analyst said: ‘In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself.’



Snowden in October 11, 2013 during a WikiLeaks press conference. WikiLeaks has been instrumental in aiding Snowden's leaks of information about confidential U.S spying programs


Snowden has been carefully guarded in Moscow since he received temporary asylum in August a move which outraged the U.S. and led to President Barack Obama snubbing a summit invitation from his opposite number Vladimir Putin, a former spy.

The Russian Lawyer said: 'Edward is treating these as real threats.'
‘Today, it might not be enough to have private guards. We must also think about how to safeguard his life and well being.’

‘We think that the U.S. government must take note of such statements.
‘The people who make extremist statements do so while wearing a mask -- they do not reveal their identities.'
‘But we have specific publications that printed these interviews. We will ask for these people's masks to come off. We must know who this NSA officer is, who issues orders about ways to eliminate Edward Snowden.'

Putin has specifically denied his agents worked with Snowden.

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'I would love to put a bullet in his head': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 'fears for his life after receiving anonymous death threats from Pentagon and NSA'


  • Edward Snowden has received anonymous death threats, his lawyer says
  • This NSA whistleblower now fears for his life and safety in Russia
  • Article quotes Pentagon source wanting to 'put a bullet in his head'
By Daily Mail UK, 22 January 2014




Fear for his life: Edward Snowden has allegedly received death threats from Pentagon and NSA officials


American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden fears for his life and needs stronger security, his Russian lawyer claimed on Tuesday.

Explicit threats to kill him have been made anonymously by Pentagon and National Security Agency officials, alleged Anatoly Kucherena.
‘There are real threats to his life out there that actually do exist,’ he told Russian news channel Vesti.
‘These statements call for physical retribution against Edward Snowden.’

Snowden, 30, has taken refuge in Moscow to evade treason charges after disclosing U.S. state secrets on NSA intelligence gathering involving the monitoring of millions of phone calls and emails.

There are recent U.S. claims that the former espionage contractor may have received Russian assistance before revealing his huge classified dossier in the name of transparency and openness.

In an article last week on BuzzFeed entitled;
‘American Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead’.

It quoted a Pentagon official as saying: ‘I would love to put a bullet in his head.’
Another source described as a current NSA analyst said: ‘In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself.’

Snowden has been carefully guarded in Moscow since he received temporary asylum in August a move which outraged the U.S. and led to President Barack Obama snubbing a summit invitation from his opposite number Vladimir Putin, a former spy.

‘Edward is treating these as real threats,’ said the Russian lawyer. ‘Today, it might not be enough to have private guards. We must also think about how to safeguard his life and well being.’
He challenged the U.S. government to name the officials who made the apparent threats.

‘We think that the U.S. government must take note of such statements,’ said the lawyer. ‘The people who make extremist statements do so while wearing a mask -- they do not reveal their identities.
‘But we have specific publications that printed these interviews. We will ask for these people's masks to come off. We must know who this NSA officer is, who issues orders about ways to eliminate Edward Snowden.’

The blast came after the heads of congressional intelligence committees in Washington claimed on Sunday that Snowden could have been working in collusion with Russian secret services at the time he was gathering his treasure trove of classified data.
Putin has specifically denied his agents worked with Snowden.

‘I don't think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB,’ said Republican representative Mike Rogers.
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Update re: NSA:Snowden & Manning Nominated For Peace Prize

Pirate Party MPs, MEPs Jointly Nominate Snowden And Manning For Peace Prize

Posted: 20 Feb 2014




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Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 in a joint nomination by the Pirate MPs of Iceland and the Pirate MEPs of the European Parliament.

“Manning gave us an insight into the brutal reality of war and the two-facedness of political power. Snowden has revealed how states watch and control our information flows. Taken together, it’s a very strong image. That’s why we nominate these two together”, says Amelia Andersdotter, Member of European Parliament (Pirate).

“The revelations of Edward Snowden have, among other things, led to a large-scale inquiry into mass surveillance by the European Parliament. Making him a Peace Prize Laureate would be an additional way of saying that the democratic society stands behind his actions. Instead of giving the prize to powerholders, the Nobel Committee should give it to those who expose power”, says Christian Engström, Member of European Parliament (Pirate).


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Dear Nomination Committee of the Nobel Peace Prize,

We wish to nominate two outstanding candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize of 2014. It is our firm belief that
Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have achieved and exceeded all the qualifications required to be worthy laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The nominees are both whistleblowers who have inspired change and encouraged public debate and policy changes that contributed to a more stable and peaceful world.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
(born Bradley Edward Manning, December 17, 1987) is a soldier in the United States army who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison in 2013 for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, serious war crimes, and a lack of respect for the sovereignty of other democratic nations by the United States government in international dealings.
These revelations have fueled democratic uprisings around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalistic, academic, and intellectual scrutiny her actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on foreign and domestic policies of European nations, and, also contributed to the Obama Administration’s agreement to withdraw all U.S.troops from occupied Iraq.
The profound information that was revealed by this courageous whistleblower helped to foster public dialogue on the legitimacy, suitability, and relevancy of the military interventions carried out by US troops both Iraq and Afghanistan. The release of these documents led directly to calls demanding the full withdrawal of the military forces from these countries, as well as investigating committees on the treatment of detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
The documents and information should never have been kept from public scrutiny, and the very fact that embedded journalists minimized or omitted facts in the field exacerbated the corruption of the information flow. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have fueled a worldwide discussion about the overseas military engagements of the United States, civilian casualties of war and the rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues.

Edward Joseph Snowden
(born June 21, 1983) is an American computer specialist, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed top secret NSA documents to several media outlets, initiating the NSA leaks, which reveal operational details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA and other members of the Five Eyes alliance, along with numerous corporate and international partners.
He has, with great risk to his personal well-being and future, revealed the horrific scope of the global espionage network of the Anglo-American spy agencies. By releasing documents regarding the activities of clandestine agencies he has not only unveiled the global scale of mass surveillance which endanger a wide array of civil liberties (cornerstones of our liberties such as free speech and the right to privacy) but, he has also given the people of the world the necessary tools to counter the ever invasive path towards mass surveillance. Blatant violations to even the very basic human rights have been institutionalized by US government agencies while privacy has been classified in ALL the major international human rights charters and declarations.

The debate on mass surveillance cannot take place without the disclosure of the basic structures and methods of the corresponding secret spy programs. Citizens, researchers and politicians need insight into these methods to be able to weigh the social consequences and the possible resulting damage to the global society. Mass surveillance erodes the fundamentals of modern democracies; making local laws to protect privacy meaningless within its global scope.

Snowden has shown us that journalists can no longer protect their sources, lawyers can’t protect their clients and doctors can’t protect their patients information. The concept of privacy has been redefined to complete exposure into no privacy. His actions have shown the rest of the world and its policy makers that joint global action needs to take place in order to reinstate constitutional rights of privacy for citizens which is completely essential to healthy democracies.
By leaking the documents to investigative journalists from independent media, Snowden has managed to carefully consider the balance between public interest and national security. By revising the source documents, he and his supporters avoided leaking highly sensitive information that might have put currently running operations and the people involved into danger.

Some might argue that Snowden acted against the law, however, mass secret surveillance is illegitimate as it undermines the sovereignty of the people over the state apparatus. It is very well known that at times of universal deceit just telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. When the state is acting outside the rule of law it is up to the citizens to report on such unlawfulness for the greater good of its peoples and principles for sustainability of the future.

Snowden and Manning courageously acted and as a result we have a more stable and peaceful world and far more of a possibility to develop/enact true democratic models.
We are nominating Manning and Snowden together because the courage of Manning inspired Snowden and both of them have inspired thousands of people all over the world to speak truth to power and demand transparency and accountability in their own societies.
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Update re: NSA Knew About Heartbleed Bug- & Did NOTHING!

More People Were Paid To Exploit Heartbleed For The NSA Than To Fix It

Posted: 13 Apr 2014





Infrastructure – Zacqary Adam Green:

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the NSA knew about the Heartbleed bug since shortly after it was added to OpenSSL.

While thousands of salaried NSA personnel search for bugs like these to exploit, OpenSSL has only four part-time volunteers maintaining it. Of course this was going to happen.

The idea behind open source software is that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.” This only works if there actually are enough eyeballs. Code audits can only happen if there are people with the will, expertise, and time to do so. Rusty Foster pointed out the problem with OpenSSL:

The project’s code is more than fifteen years old, and it has a reputation for being dense, as well as difficult to maintain and to improve. Since the bug was revealed, other programmers have had harsh criticisms for what they regard as a mistake that could easily have been avoided.…

Unlike a rusting highway bridge, digital infrastructure does not betray the effects of age. And, unlike roads and bridges, large portions of the software infrastructure of the Internet are built and maintained by volunteers, who get little reward when their code works well but are blamed, and sometimes savagely derided, when it fails. To some degree, this is beginning to change: venture-capital firms have made substantial investments in code-infrastructure projects, like GitHub and the Node Package Manager. But money and support still tend to flow to the newest and sexiest projects, while boring but essential elements like OpenSSL limp along as volunteer efforts.

This point is only compounded by the NSA news. As it turns out, a great deal of funding was going towards meticulously auditing OpenSSL. The problem is that the NSA keeps the results of these audits to themselves. No bugs are fixed. No patches are committed. Critical flaws are kept under wraps so that they can be used to siphon more data and break into more computers.

Never mind the fact that the NSA’s priority is supposed to be the defense of the United States, when critical infrastructure in the US was potentially affected by this bug. If they wanted to call this defense, then the NSA must have been really confident that the classic go-to bogeymen of China, Russia, Iran, or Al Qaeda hadn’t also discovered Heartbleed. Which, of course, they couldn’t be, because Neel Mehta at Google eventually reported it, so it’s not like it was impossible to find without NSA super-wizardry.

But back to the issue at hand: the NSA has, potentially, a small army of security researchers doing all of the code audits that tech companies and the open source community should be doing, and hoarding the benefits for themselves. The Is TrueCrypt Audited Yet? project might as well change its website header from “Not Yet” to “Who Knows?” This is awful. Economically, it’s also unsurprising.

The NSA has an entire budget devoted to doing just this: “$1.6 billion a year on data processing and exploitation, more than a thousand times the annual budget of the OpenSSL project” reports The Verge. Their prime directive is to find bugs, keep them quiet, and exploit them for their own gain (sorry, “national security”). OpenSSL’s volunteers, on the other hand, need jobs to feed their families. As much as they might want to, they don’t have the time to devote the effort needed to make sure their code is rock-solid. And apparently, neither do its users. It took a Google employee two years to discover Heartbleed, despite the fact that they’re a multi-billion dollar corporation that depends on the integrity of things like OpenSSL. Evidently, though, it’s still not cost-effective to have dedicated teams keeping an eye on the code.

My instinct is to just say that this is another infopolicy case for a universal basic income, to free up volunteers who are willing and able to perform these audits from the pressure of having to work another job. While that would certainly help, I admit it’s a bit reductionist. Code audits can be boring, tedious work, and while with 7 billion people in the world I’m sure some of them would be jumping out of the woodwork to proofread thousands of lines of code, I can’t say how many. But the NSA has apparently figured out how to efficiently spot glaring security flaws, so it’s high time the white hats did too.
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Data Protection: Angela Merkel Proposes New Europe Network

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Chancellor Merkel flagged up the proposals in her weekly podcast



German Chancellor Angela Merkel is proposing building up a European communications network to help improve data protection.
It would avoid emails and other data automatically passing through the United States.
In her weekly podcast, she said she had raised the issue with French President Francois Hollande.

Revelations of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency (NSA) have prompted huge concern in Europe.

Disclosures by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden suggested even the mobile phones of US allies, such as Mrs Merkel, had been monitored by American spies.

Classified NSA documents revealed that large amounts of personal data are collected from the internet by US and British surveillance.

Mrs Merkel criticised the fact that Facebook and Google can be based in countries with low levels of data protection while carrying out business in nations that offer more rigorous safeguards.

"Above all, we'll talk about European providers that offer security for our citizens, so that one shouldn't have to send emails and other information across the Atlantic," she said.
"Rather, one could build up a communication network inside Europe."

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There was no doubt that Europe had to do more in the realm of data protection, she said.

A French official was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that the government in Paris planned to take up the German initiative.

Personal privacy is a sensitive issue in Germany where extensive surveillance was carried out under the Nazis and in communist East Germany.

A foreign policy spokesman for Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats, Philipp Missfelder, recently said revelations about US spying had helped bring relations with Washington down to their worst level since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Germany has been trying to persuade Washington to agree to a "no-spy" agreement but without success.


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Update re: NSA>Encryption Boom/Russia Grants 'Spy' Snowden Residency

'Does Russia Spy on its Citizens?'
-Edward Snowden puts Surprise Question to Putin in Televised Q&A as Leader Denies Mass Surveillance in Clear Dig at the West


  • NSA whistleblower has been hiding in Moscow since last summer
  • He put a question to Russian President in annual televised Q&A
  • Putin spoke from one spy to another: We share a 'professional language'
  • He added he 'thanked God' Russia does not have a programme like in U.S.
By Daily Mail, 17 April 2014


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has made a surprise appearance on live TV in Russia in which he asked Vladimir Putin whether the Kremlin carries out mass surveillance.

The former US contractor, who has been in hiding in Moscow since last summer, put the question to the Moscow premier today in what will be seen as another criticism of Western spying techniques.
And former KGB agent Putin replied by addressing Snowden - who has been granted asylum in Russia - from one spy to another.

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Q&A: The NSA whistleblower appeared on the Russian president's annual live television session

President Putin said.

Quote:
'Mr Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy,'

'I used to be working for an intelligence service. We are going to talk one professional language.
'Our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law. Special forces can use this kind of equipment as they intercept phone calls or follow someone online, but you have to get court permission to stalk a particular person.

'We don't have a mass system of such interception and according to our law it cannot exist.
'Of course we know that criminals and terrorists use technology for their criminal acts and of course special services have to use technical means to respond to their crimes including those of a terrorist nature.
'But we do not have a mass-scale, uncontrollable effort like that. I hope we won't do that and we don't have as much money as they have in the States and we don't have these technical devices that they have in the States.

'Our special services, thank God, are strictly controlled by society and the law and are regulated by the law.'
ALASKA? IT'S TOO COLD!

Vladimir Putin ruled out a new land grab for the US state of Alaska, once a possession of the Russian tsars - because it is too cold.

The Kremlin strongman was asked by a pensioner whether after his annexation of Crimea, he had colonial ambitions for the American territory.... which was sold to Washington in 1867 for a bargain $7.2 million.

'Faina Ivanovna, dear, why do you need Alaska?' Putin responded to the pensioner.

Referring to Siberia and Russia's Arctic territory, he reminded her: 'We have a northern country - 70 percent of our territory is in the north and the far north.'
'Alaska is cold too,' he said. 'Let's not get ahead of ourselves.'

Alaska was settled as a fur trading outpost in the 18th century by tsarist Russia.
Some Russians have disputed the legality of the Alaskan sale

The US state lies across the Bering Strait from the Russian region of Chukotka, where football oligarch Roman Abramovich was once governor.

A petition posted on the White House website in March asking to give Alaska back to Russia has gathered more than 42,000 signatures.






Attack on the West: The Russian President said he 'thanks God' his country did not spy like the U.S.



Phone-in: It is so popular that fake websites were set up offering to take cash for questions

Mr Snowden fled the U.S., initially to Hong Kong, after leaking thousands of documents which detailed how the National Security Agency was indiscriminately monitoring citizens' data.
They included webcam images, millions of which he claimed depicted nudity or sexual acts and had no particular value to spies.

During the phone-in the Russian President also joked that he couldn't understand Mr Snowden's accent, saying:

Quote:
'The American version of English is a little different from the kind of English I'm used to.'
Mr Snowden had asked whether Russia indiscriminately analyses the information of millions of individuals.
He added:

Quote:
'Recently in the U.S. two individual White House investigations as well as a federal court all concluded that these programmes are ineffective in stopping terrorism and they unreasonably intrude on the private lives on ordinary citizens.
'I've seen little public discussion of Russia's own involvement in the policies of mass surveillance so I'd like to ask you, does Russian intelligence store or analyse in any way the communications of millions of individuals?'



Televised: The President's annual session is tightly-controlled and has a shortlist of questioners


The Russian President was speaking as part of his annual question and answer session on TV in which he accused Ukraine of committing a 'grave crime' by using the army to quell unrest in the east.
The phone-in is seen by many as a tightly-controlled PR exercise, with questions shortlisted by officials before the event.

It is so popular that several fraudulent websites were set up claiming to be shortlisting questions in exchange for cash.

Mr Putin used the session to warn Ukraine's leaders they risk dragging the country into the abyss and said he hoped he would not need to resort to sending in Russian troops in a thinly-veiled threat.
Recalling that parliament had granted him the right to use military force in Ukraine, the Kremlin chief said: 'I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right and that we are able to solve all today's pressing issues via political and diplomatic means.'

Ukraine sent in troops this week to try to recapture a series of eastern towns from pro-Russian militants, but their first attempt on Wednesday ended in total disarray.
Some armoured troop carriers retreated and others fell into the hands of the pro-Russian separatists.


Ed Snowden asks Putin a Question During Call-in

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Hacker re: NSA>Encryption Boom/Russia Grants 'Spy' Snowden Residency

Meet 'UglyGorilla,' 'KandyGoo' and 'WinXYHappy' - America's Newest Most Wanted: Criminal Charges Brought against Chinese Army Officials who Hacked U.S. firms - But is There any Real Hope of Prosecuting Them?

  • The U.S. attorney general announced criminal charges Monday afternoon against five Chinese army officials who work in a top-secret Shanghai building that houses People's Liberation Army Unit 61398
  • An indictment from a Pennsylvania grand jury accuses them committing specific acts of cyber-espionage on behalf of their government
  • They allegedly used 'spearphishing' techniques to trick employees at five American companies and one labor union into giving them access to computer systems so they could steal trade secrets
  • The men named in the first-of-its-kind case, all now considered international fugitives, have never been to the United States where federal authorities could arrest them
  • US Steel Corp., Westinghouse, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies, SolarWorld and the United Steelworkers Union were all targeted
  • The U.S. has asked for assistance in capturing the defendants but China quickly called the charges 'made up'
  • The White House said Monday that U.S. government agencies 'do not gather intelligence for the benefit of US companies'........ ...

Daily Mail UK, 21 May 2014


The United States/NSA has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.

According to the indictment announced Monday, the hackers targeted the U.S. nuclear power, metals and solar products industries and are accused of stealing trade secrets and economic espionage.

Their base of operations is People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, an elite cyber-crimes team that operates from a fortified building on the outskirts of Shanghai.

That military group, known there as the 'Comment Crew,' was the subject of a groundbreaking 2013 report from a U.S. security firm that tracked their activities online to Internet addresses assigned to a specific city block in China's financial capital.

The alleged victims identified Monday are Alcoa Inc., Westinghouse Electric Co., Allegheny Technologies, U.S. Steel Corp., United Steelworkers Union, and SolarWorld, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

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'UglyGorilla,' an alias of Chinese army official Wang Dong, allegedly controlled the computers of U.S. victims
after a gang of cyber-hackers gained access by sending users fake 'spearphishing' emails that contained links to malware








'Jack Sun' (L), a Chinese Army captain, 'was observed both sending malicious emails and controlling victim computers,
' while 'KandyGoo' (R) tested malicious email messages and managed domain accounts used by the Chinese







'WinXYHappy' may sound like an unoriginal Twitter handle, but it was the alias of an alleged Chinese army hacker (L) who controlled Americans'
computer accounts while computer programmer 'hzy_lhx' (R) and others managed online domains after the People's Liberation Army got control of them



The defendants, identified in an indictment as Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui, used online aliases including 'UglyGorilla,' 'WinXYHappy' and 'KandyGoo' to gain access to the American companies' computer systems, where they could collect business intelligence to tip negotiations and contract bidding in their Chinese rivals' favor.

The men, according to the indictment, 'worked together and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury for the PLA's [People's Lilberation Army's] General Staff, Third Department ... a signals intelligence component of the PLA.'

The charges have been described as unprecedented and dramatize a long-time Obama administration goal to prosecute state-sponsored cyber threats.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said during a news conference at the Justice Department that 'unit 61398 of the Chinese military' is the outfit behind the cyber attacks.
That unit was the subject of a damning February 2013 report from the U.S. security firm Mandiant, which found it was the most likely driving force behind hundreds, if not thousands of similar digital intrusions.

The firm said last year that the office block where unit 61398 is housed has been linked to stolen technology blueprints, manufacturing processes, clinical trial results, pricing documents, negotiation strategies and other secret data from more than 100 companies.
The unit, known in China as the 'Comment Crew,' has also made incursions into the computer networks that control oil pipelines, power grids, water plants and other key pieces of infrastructure, Mandiant determined.
Unit 61398 is located in Shanghai's Pudong district – China's financial and banking hub – and is staffed by perhaps thousands of people proficient in English, computer programming and network operations, Mandiant said in its report.


FBI releases photos of Chinese officials indicted for spying






Source of the attacks: People's Liberation Army unit 61398 is located in Shanghai's Pudong district and staffed by perhaps
thousands of people proficient in English, computer programming and network operations, according to a bombshell 2013 report





UglyGorilla and KandyGoo work here: The home base for China's notorious 'Comment Crew' is located on the outskirts of the Shanghai metro area


The unit has stolen 'hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organisations across a diverse set of industries beginning as early as 2006', it said. Some 115 of the victims were located in the United States, with smaller numbers in Canada and Britain.
The information stolen ranged from details on mergers and acquisitions to the emails of senior employees.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry immediately dismissed the Mandiant report as 'groundless' when it was released, and said China's government firmly opposed hacking.

'Hacking attacks are transnational and anonymous,' government spokesman Hong Lei said during a February 19, 2013 news conference.
'Determining their origins are extremely difficult. We don't know how the evidence in this so-called report can be tenable. Arbitrary criticism based on rudimentary data is irresponsible, unprofessional and not helpful in resolving the issue.'

Carlin seemed to be recalling those criticisms on Monday.

'In the past, when we brought concerns such as these to Chinese government officials, they responded by publicly challenging us to provide hard evidence of their hacking that could stand up in court,' he said.
'Well, today we are.'

FBI Director James Comey said on Monday that 'the amount of theft that's going on is simply staggering.'
'There's only two types of corporations – big corporations – in America,' he said. 'Those who have been hacked by the Chinese, and those who don't yet know they've been hacked by the Chinese.'
'It is sapping the lifeblood of a lot of these companies, and it's about our ability to compete and about the ability of our people to get and keep good jobs.'

Holder said the Chinese military's alleged efforts were made in order to give companies in the communist nation an edge over their U.S. rivals.

'In sum, the alleged hacking appears to have been conducted for no other reason than to advantage state-owned companies and other interests in China at the expense of businesses here in the United States,' he said Monday. 'This is a tactic that the United States government categorically denounces.'

Said Bob Anderson Jr., executive assistant director of the FBI's criminal, cyber response and services division: 'This is the new normal. This is what you're going to see on a recurring basis.'

A Pennsylvania grand jury indicted five Chinese individuals on cyber espionage charges for allegedly targeting six American companies and stealing trade secrets, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday, publicly accusing China of cyber spying for the first time.



FBI Director James Comey said 'there's only two types of corporations -- big corporations -- in America.
Those who have been hacked by the Chinese, and those who don't yet know they've been hacked by the Chinese'




The PLA unit is alleged to have stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations across a diverse
set of industries, beginning as early as 2006 -- and a U.S. intelligence firm traced them back using IP addresses assigned to a specific city block




China's Foreign Ministry quickly fired off a statement on Monday that contained echoes of its pronouncements from 15 months ago, insisting that the grand jury indictment was 'made up' and would 'damage Sino-American cooperation and mutual trust.

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'The Chinese government's stance on the issue of Internet security is consistent and clear," said the statement from Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, demanding 'immediate rectification.'
'China is a staunch defender of network security, and the Chinese government, military and associated personnel have never engaged in online theft of trade secrets,' Qin's statement insisted.
The charges against the Chinese military officials come on the heels of a separate worldwide operation over the weekend that resulted in the arrest of 97 people in 16 countries who are suspected of developing, distributing or using malicious software called BlackShades, Holder said.

The software allows criminals to gain surreptitious control of personal computers. An announcement on those arrests was expected for later Monday in New York.

'These two cases show that we are stepping up our cyber enforcement efforts really around the globe,' Holder said, adding that the U.S. will not tolerate these activities.

U.S. officials have previously asserted that China's army and China-based hackers had launched attacks on American industrial and military targets, often to steal secrets or intellectual property. China has said that it faces a major threat from hackers, and the country's military is believed to be among the biggest targets of the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command.
'It is our hope that the Chinese government will respect our criminal justice system,' Holder said.




Attorney General Eric Holder, accompanied by U.S. Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania David Hickton (L), Assistant Attorney General
for National Security John Carlin (2nd R) and FBI Executive Associate Director Robert Anderson (R), spoke at a DOJ news conference to level the first-of-its-kind indictment

Holder announces hacking charges against Chinese officials




White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday that the United States 'won't tolerate government-enabled cyber-espionage or threats against our government or private cyber systems.'
And he insisted that America doesn't and won't respond in kind.
'We do not gather intelligence for the benefit of US companies,' he said.


WILL THEY FACE JUSTICE?

Holder said Monday that none of the five Chinese criminal defendants has been on U.S. soil since the investigation began.
That means they have been outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement and can't presently be arrested.
If they were to travel to a country that shares an extradition treaty with the United States, that could change. But for now the prosecution remains largely symbolic.

A Justice Department official speaking on background told MailOnline on Monday that the legal action would proceed forward anyway, however, in order to help the government collect additional information and pressure the Chinese government.
FBI Director James Comey told ABC News that 'the practical impact' of Monday's indictments 'is if these fellas want to travel out of China on vacation, they should be looking over their shoulder.'
'The world is a lot smaller now than it used to be,' he said.

In recent months, Washington has been increasingly critical of what it describes as provocative Chinese actions in pursuit of territorial claims in disputed seas in East Asia. For its part, Beijing complains that the Obama administration's attempt to redirect its foreign policy toward Asia after a decade of war in the Middle East is emboldening China's neighbors and causing tension.

The hackers allegedly stole emails and other communications that could have helped Chinese firms learn the strategies and weaknesses of American companies involved in litigation with the Chinese government or Chinese firms.
Despite the ominous-sounding allegations, at least one of the firms downplayed the hacking.

'To our knowledge, no material information was compromised during this incident, which occurred several years ago,' said Monica Orbe, Alcoa's director of corporate affairs. 'Safeguarding our data is a top priority for Alcoa, and we continue to invest resources to protect our systems.'

Last September, President Barack Obama discussed cybersecurity issues on the sidelines of a summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
'China not only does not support hacking but also opposes it,' Premier Li Keqiang said last year in a news conference when asked if China would stop hacking U.S. websites. 'Let's not point fingers at each other without evidence but do more to safeguard cyber security.'

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MORE: Chinese Media Responds;

China News

RELATED: Chinese have been Hacking the US for Years;

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Update re: NSA>Encryption Boom/Russia Grants 'Spy' Snowden Residency

Edward Snowden was in Moscow's Sights
-Six Years Before Leaking U.S. Secrets Claims Former KGB Agent


  • Moscow identified Edward Snowden as a possible defector in 2007
  • Former KGB chief Boris Karpichkov said Moscow 'tricked' Snowden
  • Russians began monitoring Snowde
  • Edward Snowden admits he was Trained as a Spy
  • n, 30, in Geneva while at the CIA
  • US officials trying to establish whether Snowden as a double agent

By Daily Mail UK, 8 June 2014


Russian spies 'tricked' US whistleblower Edward Snowden into asking Moscow for asylum by posing as diplomats after spending six years targeting him, a former major in the KGB has claimed.

Boris Karpichkov, who fled Russia after 15 years serving with the KGB said Snowden had been identified as a potential defector as far back as 2007.

Snowden, 30, arrived in Moscow after he was revealed as responsible for leaking more than 1.7 million highly classified US documents.







Former KGB spy Boris Karpichkov, top, said Russian security services first identified Edward Snowden,
as a possible defector back in 2007 while he working with the CIA in Geneva as a communications specialist



Karpichkov told reporters that Russian security agents leaked information concerning Snowden's arrival in Moscow to provoke the US into action.

The US cancelled Snowden's passport before he could get a connecting flight out of Moscow, forcing him to seek asylum.

According to Karpichkov: 'It was a trick and he fell for it. Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses.'

Karpichkov said: 'He lives in a block of flats in Moscow’s *suburbs controlled by the FSB. His flat is heavily alarmed to stop anything happening to him. He meets the FSB twice a week over plenty of food and drink.'

Former CIA official Robert Baer has said the US has began investigating whether Snowden had been turned by the Russians in 2007.
Bauer believes the Russians will want to know the extent of the West's electronic interception capability.



Edward Snowden, right, told Brian Williams, left, that he had been trained as a spy
by the CIA had had lived undercover using as assumed name and working in a cover job



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Mr Baer said his former colleagues at the CIA were conducting a 'damage assessment' to determine what top secret information Snowden handed over to the Russians.

According to Baer, the Russians first became aware of Snowden while he was working for the CIA in Geneva.

He said: 'They are looking at the possibility that information was passed on. It’s a damage assessment – clearly what he saw in Geneva has to be looked at and it has to be assumed that he passed it on to Russia.’

He said: 'You’d be seeing the intelligence briefings that Geneva would get. You’d also be getting NSA reports. That’s the sort of regular stuff he’d be getting across his desk.

'He was a disaster there. As a communicator he will have seen everything.’

Snowden could also have seen information sent by British intelligence, Mr Baer said.
‘There’s a daily intelligence briefing which gives you a summary of chatter and intercepts and diplomatic communication. He could have easily given it to Russia. I think it is just horrendous.'

Meanwhile, Snowden last week admitted that he was trained in espionage. He made the claim during an interview with Brian Williams.


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'But I am a technical specialist. I am a technical expert. I don’t work with people. I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all levels from — from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top.'
MORE: Edward Snowden's Interview with Brian Williams— saying "I Was Trained as a Spy”



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Thanks just watch an hour long vid of Snowden and other American ppl Talking about how to keep yourself safe on the net and alot of other great points he as made.
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Monitoring the Public? Thanks to Snowden and Co, This is Just the Beginning, says JAMES SLACK

Daily Mail UK, 14 July 2014





A huge hole was blown in the UK’s intelligence gathering capabilities by the Guardian newspaper’s Ed Snowden (above) revelations – which exposed a raft of sensitive techniques to terrorists


The key question for the public is: does this new legislation give the spies more power to track what I’m doing on my mobile phone?
The answer – for now at least – is no. It simply preserves capabilities they were first handed in the wake of the July 7 and Madrid bombings almost ten years ago.

Under a 2006 EU directive, police and the security services have been able to access a treasure trove of communications data collected and stored by mobile phone and internet companies. This includes information on who you call, when, for how long and roughly where you were at the time.
It is used for checking alibis, tracing kidnap victims and – in the case of terrorists – identifying and tracking plots.

This year, in a case brought against the Irish Government, the European Court of Justice ruled the directive was a breach of privacy – paving the way for members of the public to potentially sue communications firms who continued to store the data.
The response of the phone companies was to inform the UK Government that, if they did not clarify the law, they would start destroying phone records and other important information.
Some overseas-based companies went further: refusing to co-operate on the issue of intercept warrants, which are often used by the security services in terrorism cases and, unlike the communications data, include details of what a person is actually saying.

Security officials were clear that, if their existing powers were not maintained, they would lose track of plotters and lives would be lost.

The result is yesterday’s emergency legislation, which gives legality under British law to the powers originally included in the 2006 EU directive.

The Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill also makes it clear to companies based overseas, such as Yahoo, that if they wish to provide services in the UK, they must comply with intercept warrants. This, however, is by no means the end of the debate.

Security officials and the Home Office would have liked the Bill to go much further but could not get approval from the Liberal Democrats.




The new snooping legislation preserves capabilities they were first handed in the wake of the July 7 (above) and Madrid bombings almost ten years ago

They remain determined to amass new powers to monitor the public’s internet use, such as their visits to Facebook and use of apps.
In a speech last month, Theresa May said the powers used to defeat Britain’s enemies were not keeping up with new technology and this ‘loss of capability’ was the ‘great danger we face’.
She added: ‘We are in danger of making the internet an ungoverned, ungovernable space, a haven for terrorism and criminality.’

On top of this, there is the huge hole blown in the UK’s intelligence gathering capabilities by the Guardian newspaper’s Snowden revelations – which exposed a raft of sensitive techniques to terrorists.

For this reason it is inevitable that, after the General Election, the issue of a new ‘snoopers’ charter’ will immediately be back on the agenda.
Communications data has been used in 95 per cent of all serious organised crime cases handled by the CPS and every major MI5 counter-terrorism investigation over the past decade.


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CIA Station Chief Expelled in Berlin Spy Row: Germany Orders Expulsion in Response to Two Cases of Alleged Spying
  • Top U.S. intelligence official in Germany has been told to leave after Germans were frustrated by lack of American response to spying scandal

Germany has ratcheted up its row with America over CIA spying in the country with the immediate expulsion of the agency’s Berlin chief.

The dramatic rebuke to Washington comes after Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND, uncovered two cases of alleged American spying in a week.
The U.S. official was told to leave the country in a public signal of Angela Merkel’s fury over US spying on Germany which in the past has included repeated snooping on her own mobile phone.

A NATO ally expelling the spy chief of a friendly country is an extraordinary move but Mrs. Merkel has public opinion behind her. New polls show that many Germans want increased independence from America because of its snooping programme.




German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for 'greater trust' between the U.S. and her nation - code for demanding Americans stop spying on the NATO ally



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'The representative of the US intelligence services at the United States embassy has been asked to leave Germany,' a German government spokesman said.
'The request occurred against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the questions that were posed months ago about the activities of US intelligence agencies in Germany.'


The move came a day after Berlin police searched the home and office of a German military intelligence official alleged to have been spying for America.

The suspect is a foreign country specialist in the German defence ministry’s political department and has not yet been charged.
German military intelligence alerted prosecutors after the suspect was found to have 'met suspiciously often with US contacts', according to Spiegel Magazine.

A week ago a German intelligence agent was arrested after handing over German secrets to the US in exchange for cash.The 31-year-old employee of the BND stands accused of selling 218 top secret German intelligence documents he downloaded on to a USB stick for 25,000 pounds.

Last year documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee, revealed that the agency had been monitoring Mrs Merkel’s mobile phone.




The unnamed intelligence official works at the U.S. embassy in Berlin (pictured). Germany has asked the official leave the country


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Update re: NSA- More Wikileaks & Snowden Leaks Revealed

Spying Revelations Lead to German Encryption Boom

Daily Mail Friday, 8th Aug 2014


Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts.

Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, which sells an encryption app allowing users to talk and text in private, said a series of disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year have been a boon for business.
Silent Circle is one of a host of online security companies cashing in on swarms of new security-conscious customers around the world who want to shield their communications from foreign governments — and nowhere is the market hotter than in Germany, whose chancellor, Angela Merkel, was reported to be a target.




In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas
holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.



Revelations about the NSA's electronic eavesdropping capabilities, with targets reported to include Chancellor Angela Merkel, have sparked anger in Germany, and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Snowden¿s leaks were a real boon for us, said Callas, whose company sells an encryption app which allows users to talk and text in private.

"Germans have always been particularly attuned to security and privacy concerns," Callas said. "I think that culturally, Germany has seen privacy problems in their recent past. There are people who remember the communists. There is still a cultural sore spot over security and privacy, an understanding of what can go wrong better than any other place in the world."

The companies' customers range from diplomats and journalists to privacy advocates and people trying to protect trade secrets.

"If you're a reporter, you can talk confidentially to a source. If you're a banker, you can talk to a client. If you're a business person, you can use it in places where spying is a cultural norm," Callas said.

Although Silent Circle doesn't provide specific numbers, Callas said it saw a "huge increase" in subscriptions to its private phone and text service after Snowden's disclosures and a spike in Germany after two reported cases of suspected U.S. spying there earlier this year.
And while the technology has Silicon Valley roots, the servers are in Canada and Switzerland, two countries with strong privacy protections. Two weeks ago, Silent Circle also began selling a secure smartphone, whose first run sold out, Callas said.

At CeBIT, a leading tech industry event held annually in the German city of Hannover, Deutsche Telekom was among several companies to launch new security products on the back of Snowden's revelations.

"I want to send a personal thanks to the NSA, because we wouldn't be having this discussing if that hadn't happened," Reinhard Clemens, a Deutsche Telekom board member, told reporters. "That was the best marketing campaign we've ever had."

The company, known for its T-Mobile brand in the United States, sells a smartphone app that encrypts voice and data traffic. It was developed with Berlin-based firm GSMK, an offshoot of the German hacking group Chaos Computer Club.
Customers seeking an all-in-one solution can buy GSMK's $2,750 secure cellphone that will protect confidential communications from all but the most dedicated eavesdroppers.
Chief Executive Bjoern Rupp said his company has seen a surge of interest in its encryption technology since details of the NSA's surveillance capabilities leaked last year.
"Snowden is transforming the industry," Rupp told The Associated Press. "There is a completely new consciousness about security."

Since launching in 2003, the company has sold about 100,000 secure devices, but the number of apps sold in the past year is "in another dimension," said Rupp, without revealing a precise figure.

British rival Vodafone, meanwhile, launched its own "Secure Call" app at the CeBIT fair with the claim it would allow users to make "calls that are as secure as those of the German government."

Merkel herself used to be photographed with a Nokia slider phone. Since reports surfaced that the NSA had listed her among its foreign intelligence targets, the chancellor has avoided being seen with low-end devices. Her new gadget, as widely reported, is a top-range BlackBerry outfitted with a custom-made security suite made by German company Secusmart — endorsed for sensitive communications by Germany's Federal Office for Information Security.

Apparently seizing on the opportunity, BlackBerry recently announced it was buying Secusmart.
"The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in a statement.

Ravishankar Borgaonkar, who works with Telekom Innovation Laboratories and FG Security in Berlin, uses an app on his Samsung smartphone that detects how secure each call is with red and green buttons.
"I try to make my calls as secure as possible," he said. "I get paranoid about some stalker trying to look at my phone, because if they get in it they can get to all my data."

And as someone who works in tech, Borgaonkar said he's getting tapped a lot these days for help.
"All my friends who are not in technology are asking me if their phones are secure, and what they should do," he said.

For those who don't want to take any chances, the revelations have also sparked a retro trend. The country's business weekly Wirtschaftswoche recently reported typewriter sales rising for the first time in years.
German companies aiming to protect their trade secrets apparently have turned to typewriters to ensure their correspondence with foreign clients isn't intercepted by rivals capable of hacking into their computer networks.

Patrick Sensburg, a member of Merkel's conservative bloc and chair of the parliamentary committee investigating alleged NSA spying in Germany, even suggested — only half-jokingly — that he and his fellow lawmakers might start using typewriters to hide the panel's sensitive work.
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