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4 Takes on the Putin Interview
4 Takes on the
Putin Interview

4 Takes on the Putin Interview

Putin was fully in charge of this encounter

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin to release American journalist Evan Gershkovich during the interview with the Russian leader that aired Thursday, but he did little else to challenge Putin during a two-hour talk at the Kremlin that began with Putin delivering a very long lecture on Russian history. Four takes...

'Thankful' Snowden Takes Oath for Russian Citizenship

NSA whistleblower now has his Russian passport

(Newser) - Edward Snowden was granted Russian citizenship in September, but it looks like now it's really official. Snowden's lawyer says the 39-year-old former National Security Agency contractor has sworn an oath of allegiance to his adopted nation and received a Russian passport, reports the Guardian . "He took the...

Reported Secret CIA Program Sees Pushback: 'It Is Not OK'

Edward Snowden, civil rights advocates slam initiative that reportedly scooped up Americans' info

(Newser) - Facebook isn't the only entity you might need to worry about when it comes to your personal data. According to two lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the CIA has been secretly scooping up info en masse on Americans, and civil liberties activists aren't happy about it. News...

Snowden's NFT Portrait Sells at Auction for $5.5M
Snowden NFT Sells for $5.5M

Snowden NFT Sells for $5.5M

Money will go to press foundation the whistleblower leads

(Newser) - Edward Snowden has broken into the NFT market with a big sale. Stay Free, a digital portrait of the whistleblower, brought about $5.5 million, or 2,224 Ethereum, in a one-day auction, Mashable reports. The portrait is based on a photo by Platon, using pages from the court ruling...

Whistleblower Snowden Is Now a Father

Snowden's wife shared a pic on her social media

(Newser) - Edward Snowden has become a father. The whistleblower's wife, Lindsay Mills, shared a photo of herself with Snowden and their newborn son on Twitter . "Merry Christmas baby," she wrote along with the photo, which covered the child's face with an emoji. Snowden continues to live in...

Rand Paul: Trump Should Pardon Snowden
Rand Paul Suggests
Controversial Pardon Idea

Rand Paul Suggests Controversial Pardon Idea

Senator wants Trump to let Edward Snowden go free

(Newser) - As President Trump considers presidential pardons before his term expires, Sen. Rand Paul is suggesting a controversial one in the pages of the Federalist . The Kentucky senator says the president should pardon Edward Snowden , who is now living in exile in Russia. In Paul's view, the former National Security...

Snowden, About to Be a Dad, Makes a Big Move

Whistleblower applies for Russian citizenship

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is due to become a father before the end of the year, a development that just prompted a big announcement from the exiled whistleblower. He's applying for Russian citizenship, reports Reuters . "After years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to...

Snowden Can Stay in Russia Permanently
Snowden Gets
Good News
From Russia

Snowden Gets Good News From Russia

Former NSA contractor is given permanent residency rights there

(Newser) - Edward Snowden is free to stay in Russia as long as he likes. The US whistleblower has been granted permanent residency rights in the country, his Russian lawyer announced Thursday. The former NSA contractor, who was granted asylum in Russia after leaking secret files in the US in 2013, sought...

Snowden Could Be in Line for a Pardon

Trump has recommended execution before but now says his staff's advice is divided

(Newser) - He hears conflicting advice about whether to pardon Edward Snowden, President Trump says, saying that it "seems to be a split decision." Conceding that he's "not that aware of the Snowden situation," Trump said, "Many people think he should be somehow treated differently, and...

CIA/NSA Bickering Nearly Sank the Deal of the Century

But the CIA and West German intelligence eventually bought the Swiss firm Crypto AG

(Newser) - Friction between the CIA and NSA has come up before—think 9/11 intelligence failures—but it turns out their bickering nearly sank a deal that later revolutionized intelligence gathering, the Washington Post reports. "There was not a lot of love lost between CIA and NSA over the years,"...

Snowden: I Looked for Government Proof of Aliens, Found None

NSA leaker talks to Joe Rogan

(Newser) - Extraterrestrial enthusiasts may be disappointed to hear Edward Snowden's official take on the matter: The infamous NSA leaker doesn't think the government is hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life. While he was a contractor at the National Security Agency, "I had ridiculous access to the networks of the...

France Dismisses Snowden's Latest Asylum Request

It's 'not the time,' foreign minister says

(Newser) - France's foreign minister says "it's not the time" to grant a new asylum request from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the AP reports. Snowden has been living in Russia to escape US prosecution after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs. Asking France again for...

DoJ: Give Us the Proceeds From Snowden's New Book

Justice Dept. sues, alleges Snowden violated non-disclosure agreements

(Newser) - Edward Snowden's memoir was released Tuesday , and the Justice Department wasted no time in suing the former CIA employee and NSA contractor who famously leaked top-secret documents regarding government surveillance programs. The DoJ filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the proceeds from the book, alleging Snowden, by publishing it...

Edward Snowden Wants France to Grant Him Asylum

Exile says he married American girlfriend 2 years ago

(Newser) - After six years of exile in Russia, Edward Snowden is apparently ready for a change of scenery. In an interview aired Monday, the National Security Agency whistleblower said he applied for political asylum in 2013, after he leaked documents showing the extent of the NSA's domestic surveillance, and he...

GOP Aide Reveals NSA Phone Program Not Being Used

Luke Murry suggests the White House may not renew the controversial program

(Newser) - Nearly six years ago, Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency's covert collection of millions of Americans' phone and text records; the White House defended it as a critical tool in the fight against terrorism. Now, a new White House may be done with the program. The New York ...

WikiLeaks CIA Files 'Sinister' But Not Surprising
You Can Tell Whether the
CIA Has Hacked Your TV

You Can Tell Whether the CIA Has Hacked Your TV

Experts say WikiLeaks files 'sinister,' but not surprising

(Newser) - It's being called the CIA's "Snowden moment" —and it reveals secrets that paranoid time-travelers from the 1950s would find completely unsurprising, including suggestions that the agency has been spying on people through their TVs. The CIA is scrambling to deal with the fallout from WikiLeaks' release...

Source: Russia May 'Gift' Snowden to Trump

This proves I'm no spy, Snowden says

(Newser) - Russia is considering handing over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to "curry favor" with President Trump, an intelligence source tells NBC . The source claims the handover was discussed in intercepted Russian conversations. Trump has repeatedly described the NSA leaker as a "traitor" who deserves harsh punishment, tweeting...

Snowden One Step Closer to Russian Citizenship

NSA whistleblower just got 3-year extension on residency permit

(Newser) - Comrade Edward Snowden? Per Reuters , the NSA whistleblower just inched closer to that possibility with a three-year extension of his residency permit in Russia, meaning he may be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship next year, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, as saying Wednesday....

Top-Secret Doc May Explain Why Russia Blamed for Hack

It all starts with the 2006 murder of a Russian journalist

(Newser) - Thanks to a top-secret document on a murdered journalist leaked by Edward Snowden, we may know why US intelligence agencies are so certain Russia was behind the recent hacks of the DNC and others during the election. This is important, the Intercept reports, because the information about the cyberattack so...

As Snowden Slams Petraeus, Petraeus Makes SecState Play

'Five years ago, I made a serious mistake'

(Newser) - Edward Snowden leaked classified information and is a fugitive as a result; David Petraeus disclosed classified information to a romantic interest—and he got probation, a fine, and is now in the running to be Secretary of State under Donald Trump. Petraeus "shared information that was far more highly...

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