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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 seeks to develop anti-surveillance tech

Jul 21 2014 1:09pm CDT | Source: WND

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(REUTERS) — Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday via video link from Moscow, said he intends to devote much of his time to promoting such technologies, including ones that allow pe ...
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Jul 20 2014 9:03am CDT | Source: Big Government

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Snowden Wants To Create Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Jul 19 2014 5:23pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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By Jim Finkle NEW YORK (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe.  Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday via video link from Moscow, said he intends to devote much of his time to promoting such technologies, includi ...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Seeks 'Sensible' U.S. Spy Talks

Jul 18 2014 8:27am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany wants "sensible talks" with the United States on the two countries' spat over alleged American spying, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday, indicating that Berlin is still aiming for a formal accord. Washington has dismissed the idea of a "no-spy" agreement demanded by Germany since reports last year that the U.S. National Security Agency was conducting mass surveillance of German citizens — and eavesdropping even on Merkel ...
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Jul 18 2014 1:23am CDT | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Edward Snowden Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck Speaks To Foreign Journalists Association
"Regardless of what happens, if I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that." -- Edward Snowden, in an interv ...
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Aussie Attorney General to Julian Assange: Be 'Man Enough' to Face Sexual Assault Charges

Jul 17 2014 9:14pm CDT | Source: Big Government

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One day after a Swedish court upheld the charges of sexual assault against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the attorney general of his native country called upon him to have the courage to face the trial. Australian Attorney General George Brandis told Australia's ABC Radio it was time for Assange to "man up." "I think Mr. Assange should be man enough to face the allegations against him of being ...
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NSA Workers Might Be Sharing Your Nude Photos

Jul 17 2014 6:44pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Edward Snowden Attorney Wolfgang Kaleck Speaks To Foreign Journalists Association
According to Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked key documents detailing the National Security Agency's broad surveillance tactics, workers at the embattled agency routinely circulate nude photographs discovered in their data sweeps. In a lengthy video interview with The Guardian published Thursday, Snowden said he had observed NSA employees passing around "sexually compromising" photos picked up during surveillance. Snowden explain ...
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