Obama planning more commutations but Guantanamo inmate not among them

Jan 19, 2017

Obama planning more commutations but Guantanamo inmate not among them

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations than any other ...

Jan 18, 2017

Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on Facebook late on Tuesday that Snowden’s residence permit has ...

The bad year that pervaded the screens

Dec 21, 2016

The bad year that pervaded the screens

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The past year has been a cursed one. It began with the death of David Bowie and proceeded to get worse on every level: political hysteria, impending ecological doom, the creeping encroach of net-connected tech into every corner of our lives, and a blurring ...

Dec 17, 2016

U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested ...

NSA contractor charged with taking classified intel

Oct 6, 2016

NSA contractor charged with taking classified intel

A contractor for the National Security Agency has been arrested on charges that he illegally removed highly classified information and stored the material in his house and car, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Harold Thomas Martin III, 51, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was arrested by ...

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks' fugitive antihero

Oct 4, 2016

Julian Assange: WikiLeaks' fugitive antihero

As WikiLeaks celebrates its 10th anniversary, its founder Julian Assange remains holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has lived for more than four years to avoid arrest. To his supporters, the case of the pale, lanky Australian ex-hacker stuck in a ...

Colombian government, FARC top Nobel Peace Prize list

Oct 2, 2016

Colombian government, FARC top Nobel Peace Prize list

The architects of a historic accord to end Colombia’s 52-year war are among the favorites to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize as speculation mounts ahead of this week’s honors. The awards season opens Monday with the announcement of the medicine prize in Stockholm, ...