Jun 3, 2017

Ex-spy says NSA did mass surveillance during Utah Olympics

A former top spy agency official who was the target of a government leak investigation says the National Security Agency conducted blanket surveillance in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah, according to court documents. Ex-NSA official Thomas Drake wrote in ...

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe against WikiLeaks' Assange

May 19, 2017

Swedish prosecutor drops rape probe against WikiLeaks' Assange

Swedish prosecutors on Friday dropped a seven-year rape investigation into Julian Assange, a legal victory for the WikiLeaks founder, who has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012. “Director of Public Prosecution, Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation ...

May 17, 2017

China quietly releases draft of tough new intelligence law

China on Tuesday quietly released the first public draft of an intelligence law giving authorities powers to monitor suspects, raid premises and seize vehicles and devices while investigating domestic and foreign individuals and groups. President Xi Jinping has overseen a raft of legislation to ...

Hong Kong refugees who aided Snowden facing deportation

/ May 15, 2017

Hong Kong refugees who aided Snowden facing deportation

A group of refugees who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong are facing deportation after the city’s authorities rejected their bid for protection, their lawyer said Monday. The impoverished Philippine and Sri Lankan refugees helped the former National Security Agency contractor evade ...

May 3, 2017

NSA collected Americans' phone records despite change in law

The National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans’ phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer. The report from ...

Feb 27, 2017

Long reach of 'conspiracy crime' bill

Government legislation that would penalize the acts of plotting and preparing for crimes without carrying them out could impact the human rights of citizens through increased surveillance activities.

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 ...

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 ...