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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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More federal chilling of free speech

Oct 22 2014 7:01pm CDT | Source: WND

Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science – encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities – announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious ...
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'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Oct 22 2014 1:38pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Laura Poitras and Ruby Rich and discuss time exploding through the frame (h/t @twendywendy) I went to the bathroom once during the screening of Citizenfour. It took about a half hour before I felt comfortable leaving to miss what was onscreen, and when I walked back I noticed the room was 10º warmer than outside and filled with the smell of sweat. We were having a human experience. Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden' ...
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Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Oct 20 2014 7:36am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

A TomDispatch Interview With Laura Poitras Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total ...
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Second Leaker In U.S. Intelligence, Glenn Greenwald Says

Oct 11 2014 8:10am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other ...
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New documentary is witness to Snowden NSA leak

Oct 10 2014 10:11pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary captures Edward Snowden's leak of NSA documents as it unfolds from the vantage point of his Hong Kong h ...
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Edward Snowden and girlfriend reunited in Moscow, new documentary shows

Oct 10 2014 8:32pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on the U.S. ...
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Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Lives With Him In Moscow, Film Reveals

Oct 10 2014 8:27pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Among the many revelations in the new documentary on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is that contrary to what the U.S. government would like the public to believe about those who reveal government secrets, his life in exile is pretty good. Snowden, currently living in Moscow, was joined there in June by his girlfriend Lindsay Mills, The Intercept reports. 'Citizenfour', the new film by Laura Poitras that premiered Friday evening at the ...
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CITIZENFOUR Trailer Released Ahead Of Laura Poitras' Edward Snowden Documentary

Oct 10 2014 12:55pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reached out to Laura Poitras in January 2013, the documentary filmmaker knew just what to do: make a documentary. She had recently won a MacArthur genius grant in 2012 and was already several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when Snowden reached out to her using the name "Citizen Four." When she and Glenn Greenwald flew ...
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Silicon Valley Tech Giants Say US Spying May Bust-Up the Internet

Oct 9 2014 9:43pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Since there is nothing more self-righteous than an addict who just got out of rehab, it was not surprising that Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Smith at a Silicon Valley panel discussion on NSA surveillance would say, “You own your data. And the government needs to start respecting that.”  Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple have made big bucks selling other people's Internet data to marketers and the federal government. But now that customers are re ...
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Barack Obama's 10 most outrageous lies

Oct 8 2014 6:40pm CDT | Source: WND

In my new book, “You Lie: The Evasions, Omissions, Fabrications, Frauds, and Outright Falsehoods of Barack Obama,” I set out to document Obama’s lies. So many are they I ended up writing a history of his presidency. Here are just 10 out of many. 10. “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.” Most of that shoveling was going on in the Oval Office, but, hey, Obama sold nearly a trillion dollars worth of pork on the back of this bad boy. 9. “I didn’t s ...
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