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US mulling amnesty for Snowden?

Dec 16 2013, 9:58am CST | by

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the US if he agrees to stop leaking secret documents, a senior NSA official has hinted.

Washington, Dec 16 — US National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the US if he agrees to stop leaking secret documents, a senior NSA official has...

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US mulling amnesty for Snowden?

Dec 16 2013, 9:58am CST | by

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the US if he agrees to stop leaking secret documents, a senior NSA official has hinted.

Washington, Dec 16 — US National Security Agency whistle blower Edward Snowden could be granted amnesty to return to the US if he agrees to stop leaking secret documents, a senior NSA official has hinted.

Richard Ledgett, the NSA official who is in charge of assessing the damage of the former NSA contractor's leaks, told CBS News that an amnesty, in his "personal view" is "worth having a conversation about".

"I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured, and my bar for those assurances would be very high. It would be more than just an assertion on his part," he said in an interview with '60 Minutes' aired Sunday.

However NSA's director, Gen. Keith Alexander, told the same programme that, in his view, an amnesty would be a green light to potential whistleblowers.

"I think people have to be held accountable for their actions. Because what we don't want is the next person to do the same thing, race off to Hong Kong and to Moscow with another set of data, knowing they can strike the same deal," he said.

"This is analogous to a hostage taker taking 50 people hostage, shooting 10 and then say 'You give me full amnesty and I'll let the other 40 go'," Alexander added.

Snowden has revealed in previous interviews that the intelligence documents he leaked are no longer in his possession but in the hands of his trusted journalist partners Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and that he did not take any intelligence material with him when he flew from Hong Kong to Russia.

Snowden, who has been granted asylum by Russia for 12 months, faces criminal charges in the US of theft of government property and "wilful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorised person".

Each of the charges carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

US intelligence officials assert Snowden stole more than 1.5 million classified documents detailing specific NSA programmes and operations, only a portion of which have been made public.

At the weekend, the NSA allowed a CBS television crew into their headquarters for the first time in its history, in an effort to be more open about what the agency does with the data it collects.

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How Obama Dragged Democrats Down

Nov 3 2014 1:10pm CST | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Washington Post: “Obama’s journey from triumphant, validated Democratic hero to a political millstone weighing on his party’s chances is a tale of a second-term president quickly and repeatedly sidetracked by a series of crises — some self-inflicted — and the widely held perception that the White House has not managed them well.” “Obama’s list of second-term leadership crises is a formidable one: the botched rollout of ...
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Brazil to avoid NSA spying with cable to Europe

Nov 3 2014 10:18am CST | Source: WND

NEW YORK – In an attempt to avoid NSA spying, Brazil is planning to lay 3,500 miles of fiber-optic cable under the Atlantic Ocean to bypass the U.S. and create a direct Internet connection to Europe. The estimated $185 million project, built without the help of U.S. companies, will stretch cable from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Portugal, Bloomberg News reported. One year ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivered a scathing speech to the Un ...
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3 weeks ago

How Obama Dragged Democrats Down

Nov 3 2014 8:10am CST | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Washington Post: "Obama's journey from triumphant, validated Democratic hero to a political millstone weighing on his party's chances is a tale of a second-term president quickly and repeatedly sidetracked by a series of crises -- some self-inflicted -- and the widely held perception that the White House has not managed them well." "Obama's list of second-term leadership crises is ...
Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire   Full article at: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
 

 
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Right, left combo to spar with NSA in court

Nov 2 2014 7:12pm CST | Source: WND

WASHINGTON – Tuesday could be a turning point for the country in more ways in one. Of course, it will be election day, when voters will determine whether the GOP will take control of the Senate and perhaps increase its majority in the House of Representatives. But it will also be the day a federal appeals court in Washington hears a potentially landmark case seeking to curb the government’s ability to secret ...
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Citizenfour and the Need for Judicial Engagement in Protecting Our Privacy

Oct 30 2014 2:24pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

There is a remarkable moment in the new Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour that shows why we need judges to take their duty to uphold the Constitution seriously. Citizenfour includes a clip of a 2011 hearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, focusing on a number of suits involving dragnet communication surveillance by the NSA. During the hearing, U.S. Department of Justice attorney H. Thomas Byron III said ...
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Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter: Media Has Given Obama Administration a Pass

Oct 30 2014 12:46pm CDT | Source: Big Government

A Pulitzer prize winning reporter, formerly with the Washington Post, says the major media has mostly given the Obama administration a pass. In a story published yesterday at the Daily Beast, 2006 Pulitzer winning reporter Susan Schmidt agrees that this administration seems to get less scrutiny than previous ones. “With some exceptions, people don’t seem to be digging as hard as they have in other administrations," Schmidt tells the Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove. Sh ...
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FBI Identifies, Raids Home of Contractor Suspected as Second Snowden Leaker

Oct 30 2014 8:39am CDT | Source: Big Government

Multiple reports appear to confirm that the FBI has closed in on a second NSA leaker who is suspected of having fed information to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, as well as Edward Snowden. The FBI reportedly raided his home this week, seeking more evidence of his cooperation with the media. While both the Justice Department and the FBI have declined to comment, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff reported that a man in northern Virgi ...
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The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

Oct 29 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Tom Engelhardt: In the wake of 9/11, the militarization of the country has happened at a relatively rapid pace (and domestically of the police as well). The result, it seems - even in the Ebola crisis, the military is invariably the first option.... Impoverished Cuba sends hundreds of doctors and health care workers to Africa to fight Ebola; we take "fight" literally (evidently) and send in the troops!Tom Engelhardt (P ...
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3 weeks ago

The Shadow Surveillance State Is Really a Secret Religion

Oct 29 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Tom Engelhardt: In the wake of 9/11, the militarization of the country has happened at a relatively rapid pace (and domestically of the police as well). The result, it seems - even in the Ebola crisis, the military is invariably the first option.... Impoverished Cuba sends hundreds of doctors and health care workers to Africa to fight Ebola; we take "fight" literally (evidently) and send in the troops!Tom Engelhardt ...
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Citizenfour: The Spy Who Was Never Out in the Cold

Oct 29 2014 5:19pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Officers of the CIA's clandestine service are often warned: don't fall in love with your agents. This cautionary advice is meant to be interpreted literally and figuratively. In Laura Poitras' compelling, controversial, and ultimately contradictory new documentary Citizenfour, the filmmaker seems to have fallen in love with her "agent" -- in this case the movie's hero, or villain, depending upon how you look at it -- Edward ...
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