Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden Hong KongThe NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, pictured in a Hong Kong hotel. Photograph: The Guardian

This guy is a Hero in my book, very brave individual and a True Patriot!!

Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), before leaking details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the press. Snowden shared classified material on a variety of top-secret NSA programs, including the interception of U.S. telephone metadata and the PRISMsurveillance program, primarily with The Guardian, which published a series of exposés based on Snowden's disclosures in June 2013. Snowden said his disclosure of PRISM and FISA orders related to NSA data capture efforts was an effort "to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."

Snowden's leaks rank among the most significant breaches in the history of the NSA. Matthew M. Aid, an intelligence historian in Washington, said disclosures linked to Snowden have "confirmed longstanding suspicions that NSA's surveillance in this country is far more intrusive than we knew." ~Wikipedia

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Comment by Less Prone on December 5, 2015 at 5:01am

Edward Snowden's New Revelations Are Truly Chilling


Some surveillance technologies

“Dreamy Smurf”: lets the phone be powered on and off
“Nosey Smurf”:lets spies turn the microphone on and listen in on users, even if the phone itself is turned off
“Tracker Smurf”:a geo-location tool which allows [GCHQ] to follow you with a greater precision than you would get from the typical triangulation of cellphone towers.
“Paranoid Smurf”: hides the fact that it has taken control of the phone. The tool will stop people from recognising that the phone has been tampered with if it is taken in for a service, for instance.

Link to Zerohedge


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c-span video : Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden

Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden

May 14, 2014
Book Discussion on No Place to Hide

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Greenwald on Colbert: We Will Reveal Who the NSA Exactly is Spying On http://12160.info/page/2649739:Page:1467576
Comment by truth on April 27, 2014 at 4:55pm
Hillary on Snowden: "Suspicious," "Helped Terrorists"

As for Snowden's role in exposing the NSA programs, Clinton insinuated that she found his motives suspicious.

"When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled because we have all these protections for whistle-blowers. If he were concerned and wanted to be part of the American debate, he could have been," she said. "But it struck me as—I just have to be honest with you—as sort of odd that he would flee to China, because Hong Kong is controlled by China, and that he would then go to Russia—two countries with which we have very difficult cyberrelationships, to put it mildly."


Comment by truth on April 26, 2014 at 8:33pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is baffled about leaker Edward Snowden's motive for fleeing the country to expose U.S. surveillance programs

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Fox News Guest Calls for Edward Snowden to be Executed (VIDEO)
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Snowden Makes Unscheduled Appearance At TED: “The Biggest Revelations Are Yet To Come”

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A new Snowden interview that is getting VERY little coverage in the US = German TV http://j.mp/ModP9b

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Snowden says calls for reform prove intel leaks were justified

BERLIN (Reuters) - Fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said calls for more oversight of government intelligence agencies showed he was justified in revealing the methods and targets of the U.S. secret service.

Snowden's leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA), from its alleged mass scanning of emails to the tapping of world leaders' phones, have infuriated U.S. allies and placed Washington on the defensive.

In "A Manifesto for the Truth" published in German news magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday, Snowden said current debates about mass surveillance in many countries showed his revelations were helping to bring about change.

"Instead of causing damage, the usefulness of the new public knowledge for society is now clear because reforms to politics, supervision and laws are being suggested," the 30-year-old ex-CIA employee and NSA contractor wrote.

"Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime."

Snowden is in Russia, where he has been given asylum for at least a year.

In an open letter to Germany last week, Snowden said he was counting on international support to stop Washington's 'persecution' of him.

His revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of vast volumes of Internet traffic and phone records, have angered U.S. allies from Germany to Brazil.

Admirers have called Snowden a human rights champion. Others say he is a traitor for stealing information from the NSA after vowing to respect its secrecy policies and then fleeing first to Hong Kong and then to Russia with classified U.S. data.

Snowden declined a job offer from Russia's top social networking site VKontakte (InTouch), local media quoted one of the company's founders, Pavel Durov, as saying over the weekend.

A Russian lawyer with close links to the authorities who is assisting Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena, had said this week the American would start work in November for a "large Russian (web)site" that he refused to name for security reasons.

In the manifesto published on Sunday, Snowden said mass surveillance was a global problem that needed global solutions and added that secret services' "criminal surveillance programs" jeopardized individual privacy, freedom of opinion and open societies.

The existence of spying technology should not determine politics, he said: "We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit surveillance programs and protect human rights".

Society, said Snowden, could only understand and keep a check on these problems via an open, ruthless and informed debate.

He said some governments that felt exposed by the revelations had at first launched a "persecution campaign" to repress debate by intimidating journalists and threatening them with prosecution.

"At that time the public was not in a position to judge the usefulness of these revelations. People trusted that their governments would make the right decisions," he said.

"Today we know that was a mistake and that such behavior does not serve the public interest," he said.


Comment by Central Scrutinizer on October 24, 2013 at 5:28pm

Snowden: 'No telephone in America makes call without leaving record with NSA'

Snowden fires back at Feinstein over 'surveillance' claim

By Brendan Sasso - 10/24/13 04:20 PM ET

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden disputed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) claim that the government's phone record collection program is not "surveillance." 

"Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA's hands," Snowden said in a statement Thursday. "Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They're wrong."

Snowden didn't mention Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, by name, but she has said repeatedly that the NSA's program to collect records on all U.S. phone calls is not a surveillance program.

"The call-records program is not surveillance," she wrote in an op-ed in USA Today this week. "It does not collect the content of any communication, nor do the records include names or locations."

She said the NSA only collects phone numbers, call times and call durations.

"The Supreme Court has held this 'metadata' is not protected under the Fourth Amendment," Feinstein wrote, referring to the court's 1972 decision in Smith v. Maryland

The existence of the phone record collection program was one the most controversial revelations from Snowden's leaks earlier this year. Many lawmakers, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), have expressed outrage that the NSA is collecting records on millions of Americans not under any suspicion of wrongdoing. 

Snowden provided his statement to the American Civil Liberties Union to promote a rally the group is holding on Saturday along with other civil liberties groups in Washington.

"Now it's time for the government to learn from us," said Snowden, who is currently living in Russia.


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