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Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me
 Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me 

Snowden: US Wants to Kill Me

But he's not losing sleep over it, he says

(Newser) - Edward Snowden believes top American government officials want him dead—but he still sleeps well at night because he knows he did the right thing. In an interview with a German broadcaster, the NSA leaker said he was aware of "significant threats" to his life, Reuters reports. "These...

US Watchdog: Surveillance by NSA Is Illegal, Must End

Privacy board slams legal rationale behind the program

(Newser) - President Obama's proposed NSA reforms aren't nearly enough, says an independent federal agency that serves as a privacy watchdog. In fact, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board thinks the NSA's surveillance is illegal and should be shut down, the New York Times reports. The board takes...

Computer Offline? NSA Can Spy on It Anyway

Secret technology only deployed overseas

(Newser) - Anybody who thinks disconnecting their computer from the Internet will keep them safe from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency needs to think again, according to the New York Times . The agency has inserted software into around 100,000 computers worldwide that allows it to spy on those...

Snowden: My Mission Is Accomplished

'I already won,' he says in Moscow interview

(Newser) - While there's no sign of an end to the flow of leaked National Security Agency documents, Edward Snowden says he feels like his mission has already been accomplished. Speaking to a Washington Post reporter for more than 14 hours of interviews in Moscow, Snowden explained that he acted out...

Amnesty for Snowden? NSA Bosses Split

They fear he could reveal 'road map' of US know-how

(Newser) - 60 Minutes last night offered a window into the NSA's thinking on how to handle Edward Snowden and his cache of information. In an interview, Rick Ledgett, head of the task force investigating Snowden's impact, didn't rule out the possibility of amnesty, per CNET : It's...

NSA Able to Decode Most Calls, Texts Worldwide

Washington Post unveils latest Snowden material

(Newser) - The NSA is capable of breaking the encryption used on most phone calls and text messages worldwide, the latest Edward Snowden leak shows, though it's not certain how often the agency actually does it. Under US law, the NSA can't eavesdrop on citizens' conversations without a court order....

Government Ruined My Life Over Auto-Complete: Suit

Man alleges that inadvertent search led to death threats, harassment

(Newser) - Jeffrey Kantor says the federal government mercilessly harassed him and got him fired over an accidental Google search. In a lawsuit spotted by Courthouse News , the Virginia man explains that he was trying to search for "How do I build a radio-controlled airplane?" But when he got as far...

Obama Task Force Leak: Get Leash on NSA

They want public defenders to argue for the spied upon

(Newser) - A presidential task force plans to call for sweeping changes to the way the NSA does business, including steps to make it more transparent and to increase White House oversight, according to reports today in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal . The panel of five intelligence and legal...

NSA Tracking Tool: Google Cookies

Spies exploited advertising tools

(Newser) - The latest revelations about NSA snooping will probably have some online privacy advocates itching to say "I told you so." The agency has "piggybacked" on the tools that advertisers use to track consumers, using cookies to single out targets for hacking, reports the Washington Post . A Google-specific...

NSA Hiring 15-Year-Olds
 NSA Hiring 15-Year-Olds 

NSA Hiring 15-Year-Olds

Spy agency's interns tend to stay on

(Newser) - Does Edward Snowden have a little brother? The National Security Agency is starting its spies young with paid internships for people as young as 15, Salon reports. The agency has around young 500 interns on its books, including college students recruited through ads seeking would-be journalists and teens who sign...

Tech Rivals Unite to Nag World About Spying

Google, Microsoft lead charge

(Newser) - What's big enough to bring together such competitors as Google and Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple, Facebook and Twitter, plus AOL and LinkedIn for good measure? The NSA spying drama. Those companies are publicly asking the world's governments to limit such spying, and have detailed their ideas on a...

Microsoft Moves to Foil NSA Snoops

Company suspects it was surveillance target

(Newser) - Microsoft, its suspicions raised by reports of the NSA spying on rivals Google and Yahoo —and seemingly everybody else—plans to beef up its defenses, sources tell the Washington Post . The company is working on new ways to encrypt its Internet traffic after documents released by Edward Snowden suggested...

US' New Fear: Snowden Has 'Doomsday Cache'

'Thank you, Snowden' buses hit DC streets

(Newser) - "The worst is yet to come" in the Edward Snowden leaks, a US official warns—and it could come all at once. American and British officials are more than a little worried about a "doomsday" cache of highly classified intelligence files the NSA leaker is believed to have...

NSA Chief Offered to Quit, Obama Said No: Report

Agency struggles to get back on its feet after revelations

(Newser) - With the NSA reeling from Edward Snowden's leaks, its leader offered to step down—but the White House quickly put the kibosh on that idea, an administration source tells the Wall Street Journal . Gen. Keith Alexander's offer followed Snowden's entrance into the spotlight in June, notes the...

NSA Copped to Breaking Spy Rules— Over and Over

Kept promising it would do better and didn't, per declassified docs

(Newser) - More than 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents reveal that, time and time again, the National Security Agency acknowledged it had violated US surveillance rules and promised it would do better, only to have the cycle repeat itself. Among the excuses the NSA gave to a US intelligence court...

NSA Workers Handed Passwords to Snowden

He fooled them into helping him access classified info

(Newser) - Up to 25 workers at a spy base in Hawaii now regret turning over their login details to a computer systems administrator: Edward Snowden. The whistleblower was able to access much of the classified material he leaked to the media by using passwords he obtained by telling colleagues he needed...

White House: No Clemency for Snowden

Mystery surrounds leaker's new job

(Newser) - Edward Snowden says he hopes international pressure will persuade the US government to stop "persecuting" him with espionage charges but he appears to have as much hope of receiving clemency as he does of getting his old job back. The NSA leaker "violated US law," White House...

NSA's Aim: To 'Utterly Master' Intelligence

NY Times offers in-depth look at 'omniscient' agency's operations

(Newser) - A lengthy report in the New York Times , based on thousands of documents shared by the Guardian via Edward Snowden, offers an in-depth look at an agency that can "seem omniscient," with eyes everywhere tracking even the smallest matters. The material obtained—whether years of stored text messages,...

Is Obama Truly in Dark on Secrets of White House?

On issue after issue, he's said to be 'in the dark': Dana Milbank

(Newser) - For a guy who's allegedly in charge of the executive branch, President Obama sure seems unaware of a lot of key issues, writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post . There's the NSA spying on world leaders, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obama found out about this...

Obama Didn't Know NSA Spied on World Leaders

He 'doesn't sign off on this stuff,' official says

(Newser) - US officials (though unnamed ones) have for the first time owned up to tapping the phones of 35 world leaders—an admission made in the course of issuing a denial: They tell the Wall Street Journal that President Obama had no knowledge of that monitoring until after the Edward Snowden...

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