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 ...

Assange agrees to extradition if U.S. releases whistleblower

Jan 13, 2017

Assange agrees to extradition if U.S. releases whistleblower

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will agree to be extradited to the United States if President Barack Obama grants clemency to the former U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking documents, the company said on Thursday. “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to ...

More U.S. agencies getting access to raw NSA intercepts

Jan 13, 2017

More U.S. agencies getting access to raw NSA intercepts

More U.S. intelligence agencies are getting access to raw signals intelligence the National Security Agency collects abroad, raising alarm among privacy advocates who worry about the information being more broadly used and shared across U.S. government agencies. Intelligence officials and the Justice Department recently ...

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 ...

Dec 1, 2016

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government’s hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns that the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of ...

Oct 21, 2016

U.S. spy worker stole an 'astonishing quantity' of data, prosecutors say

US prosecutors on Thursday said they expected to file espionage charges against a private contractor for the National Security Agency suspected of stealing an “astonishing quantity” of classified information. Harold Martin III was arrested August 27 in Maryland and poses a “grave danger” to ...

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 ...