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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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Snowden: NSA collecting data on New Zealanders

Sep 15 2014 7:59am CDT | Source: WND

(FOX NEWS) WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden said Monday that the NSA is collecting mass surveillance data on New Zealanders through its XKeyscore program and has set up a facility in the South Pacific nation’s largest city to tap into vast amounts of data. Snowden talked via video link from Russia to hundreds of people at Auckland’s Town Hal ...
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Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

Sep 15 2014 5:13am CDT | Source: Townhall's

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former National Security Agency systems analyst turned leaker Edward Snowden says th ...
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3 days ago

Pew Survey: GOP Becoming Less Libertarian on Foreign Policy

Sep 12 2014 3:09pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Republicans may be moving away from a more libertarian foreign policy approach after the Islamic State's public beheadings of two American journalists. A recent Pew Research poll led the Los Angeles Times to note that the GOP's "libertarian tide on foreign policy, which waxed strongly over the last four years, has begun to recede in the face of growing public fears about Islamic militancy in the Mideast." According to t ...
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4 days ago

A Nation of Laws?

Sep 11 2014 9:55am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

After whistleblower Edward Snowden called attention to the illegal reach of the National Security Agency (NSA), more scrutiny turned to the unseemly behavior of top management there. So a few months back a number of jaded Washington observers noticed Keith Alexander trundling through the revolving door between his well-paid perch as the NSA Director and his new private sector gig as head of his own cybersecurity consulting firm, IronNet. At the time, there developed rampant speculation about th ...
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4 days ago

HUFFPOLLSTER: Terrorism Fears Rise, But Few Call It Most Important Issue

Sep 11 2014 7:44am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

As polls find Americans find increasing concern in reaction to ISIS, very few mention terrorism as the most important problem facing the country. Democrats get some good Senate news from a new poll in Michigan. And 'other stuff' can make for better election predictions. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, September 11, 2014. RISING CONCERNS ABOUT EXTREMISM - Pew Research: "As President Obama prepares to address the nation about the mi ...
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4 days ago

The Fix: Welcome to the post-Edward Snowden era

Sep 11 2014 5:30am CDT | Source: Post Politics: - The Washington Post

We're now just 15 months removed from Edward Snowden's first bombshell revelation about the United States' massive surveillance apparatus. But with Islamic extremists putting down roots in Syria and Iraq, Americans are very much reverting to a pre-Snowden attitude toward civil liberties. Read full articl ...
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5 days ago

Media fret over dangerous world they helped create

Sep 10 2014 12:28pm CDT | Source: WND

(Accuracy in Media) — How did the Islamic State go from being a jayvee team to an imminent threat to America in just a short time? The headline in last Friday’s Washington Times said it all: “Islamic State using leaked Snowden info to evade U.S. intelligence.” Rowan Scarborough points the finger at former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia under the protection of Vladimir Putin’s secret police. Scarborough says Snowden’s “top-secret disclosures” are the key to making the Islam ...
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1 week ago

Politico Columnist Pretty Sure Glenn Greenwald Has 'Peaked'

Sep 4 2014 1:31pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Over at Politico, Michael Hirsh is wondering if Glenn Greenwald -- one of the select few journalists to whom former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden entrusted his cache of purloined NSA documents -- has already "peaked." I suppose that if Greenwald has peaked, it would be bad news, since the former Guardian reporter has taken his game to Pierre Omidyar's startup journalism enterprise, First Look Media. This is a point to ...
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1 week ago

Gridlock in US Intelligence Community

Sep 4 2014 9:20am CDT | Source: Big Government

Since the revelations from leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, a US government contract employee, American intelligence practices have become a subject of international controversy. While the US Congress will likely impose some regulatory reforms, legislative action will probably not happen before next year.  Uncertainty over international affairs could further complicate efforts for Congressionally-mandated change.  The United States is de ...
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1 week ago

Mysterious Rise of Fake Mobile Phone Towers

Sep 4 2014 8:21am CDT | Source: Big Government

A group of security-conscious Americans have revealed a nationwide network of "fake" cell phone towers of unknown origin which can intercept calls, texts, and even remotely control unprotected phones. When interviewed by The Popular Science Monthly Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America and manufacturer of hi-spec encrypted smartphones aimed at businessmen who regularly visit cyber-crime hotspots Russia ...
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