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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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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 that the court should dismiss the cases. Byr ...
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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. She adds, "O ...
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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 th ...
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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 (Photo: Don J. Usner)Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch.org discusses his ...
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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 ...
Source: Truthout Stories   Full article at: Truthout Stories
 

 
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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 v ...
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Verizon's Latest Censorship Plan Follows a Familiar Pattern

Oct 29 2014 10:16am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Last night, Daily Dot reported that Verizon is attempting to buy its way into the news cycle by creating a tech-news site, SugarString.com, to compete with the likes of Wired and The Verge. But there's one sticky catch: According to emails from the site's editors, SugarString.com will ban reporters from writing any stories about Net Neutrality or U.S. surveillance programs. In reality, SugarString.com is ...
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Are FBI and NCTC Trying to Pressure Prosecutors to Charge the Second Intercept Source?

Oct 29 2014 8:35am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Citing “law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case,” Michael Isikoff reports that the government has identified “the second leaker” — a source of information on drone targeting and terrorist watchlisting for The Intercept. The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called second leaker who turned over sensitive documents about the ...
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Are FBI and NCTC Trying to Pressure Prosecutors to Charge the Second Intercept Source?

Oct 29 2014 8:35am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Citing “law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case,” Michael Isikoff reports that the government has identified “the second leaker” — a source of information on drone targeting and terrorist watchlisting for The Intercept. The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called second leaker who turned over sensitive documents about the US government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely assoc ...
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Feds ID '2nd leaker' for Snowden reporters

Oct 28 2014 7:40am CDT | Source: WND

(YAHOO! NEWS) The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case. The FBI recently executed a search o ...
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