Barton Gellman

For Barton Gellman's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Snowden declares his mission accomplished

Dec 25, 2013

Snowden declares his mission accomplished

In a candid interview, NSA leaker Edward Snowden breaks his silence on surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the top-secret documents he exposed, and says his mission is "already accomplished."

NSA hacking into, stealing from Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide

Oct 31, 2013

NSA hacking into, stealing from Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide

The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according to documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials. By tapping those links, the NSA has ...

NSA said collecting millions of email address books, 'buddy lists' daily

Oct 15, 2013

NSA said collecting millions of email address books, 'buddy lists' daily

The U.S. National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward ...

Aug 31, 2013

Secret documents detail U.S. war in cyberspace

The Obama administration's cyber operations sometimes involve what one leaked budget document calls "field operations" abroad, commonly with the help of CIA operatives or clandestine military forces, "to physically place hardware implants or software modifications."

NSA broke privacy rules repeatedly, audit finds

Aug 16, 2013

NSA broke privacy rules repeatedly, audit finds

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance ...

U.S. taps servers in vast data-mining program

Jun 8, 2013

U.S. taps servers in vast data-mining program

The National Security Agency and FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet firms, extracting audio and video chats, photos, emails, documents and connection logs. U.S. taps firms' servers, mines Internet data