German security 'by accident' taped Clinton conversation: media

Aug 16, 2014

German security 'by accident' taped Clinton conversation: media

German security agents recorded a conversation involving Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was U.S. secretary of state, media reported Friday, a potential embarrassment for Berlin which has lambasted Washington for its widespread surveillance. Clinton’s words were intercepted while she was on a U.S. government ...

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Aug 8, 2014

Snowden receives three-year Russian residence permit

Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programs, has been given a three-year residence permit by Russia, his Russian lawyer said on Thursday. Moscow’s relations with the West are at Cold War-era ...

Jul 20, 2014

Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday ...

Jul 17, 2014

WikiLeaks founder loses bid to have arrest warrant scrapped

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost a court bid to get an arrest warrant against him scrapped, leaving the WikiLeaks founder marooned in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he sought refuge more than two years ago. The 43-year-old Assange fears extradition to Sweden to face ...

Jul 15, 2014

Why the U.S. is silent on its German spying

The White House has erected a wall of silence about being called out for spying on one of America’s closest allies. That reflects the embarrassment over the public spat with Germany and anger with Berlin for telling the world about U.S. intelligence programs. The ...

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Widespread global opposition to U.S. electronic surveillance since the revelations of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has not badly harmed the overall image of the United States, and it remains far more popular around the world than rising power China, according to a ...

Jul 14, 2014

Snowden slams Britain's planned emergency surveillance laws

Fugitive U.S. intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the ...

Merkel laments breakdown of trust with U.S. over spying

Jul 13, 2014

Merkel laments breakdown of trust with U.S. over spying

Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented on Saturday the breakdown in trust between Germany and the United States amid a spying in which the CIA chief in Berlin was expelled from the country. “The thing we always have to keep in mind when we are working ...

Snowden asks to extend asylum in Russia: lawyer

Jul 10, 2014

Snowden asks to extend asylum in Russia: lawyer

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has applied to extend his stay in Russia, his lawyer said Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told reporters that Snowden applied to Russia’s migration authorities “a long time ago” since his one-year permit is expiring at the end of ...

Jul 5, 2014

Germany arrests suspected double agent for the U.S.

German authorities have arrested a suspected double agent accused of spying for the U.S. on a parliamentary panel investigating NSA surveillance, media reports said Friday. The suspect is an employee of Germany’s foreign intelligence service who was passing information to U.S. spies, said the ...

Jul 4, 2014

NSA surveillance needs more alert watchdog

by Susan Crawford

A U.S. senator now worries that there isn't the judicial oversight to prevent the National Security Agency from using its access to the giant pile of foreign-intelligence information it has collected over many years to conduct warrantless searches for communications from Americans.

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Jul 3, 2014

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Endorsement of the NSA’s Internet surveillance programs by a bipartisan privacy board deeply disappointed civil liberties activists Wednesday while providing a measure of vindication for beleaguered U.S. intelligence officials. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, welcomed the conclusion by the independent Privacy and Civil ...