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Snowden says his mission is accomplished

Dec 24 2013, 2:18pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed the agency's secrets and forced the US government to revaluate its surveillance policies, has said his mission has been accomplished.

Washington, Dec 25 — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed the agency's secrets and forced the US government to revaluate its surveillance policies, has...

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Snowden says his mission is accomplished

Dec 24 2013, 2:18pm CST | by

Washington, Dec 25 (IANS) Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed the agency's secrets and forced the US government to revaluate its surveillance policies, has said his mission has been accomplished.

Washington, Dec 25 — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed the agency's secrets and forced the US government to revaluate its surveillance policies, has said his mission has been accomplished.

"For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished," Snowden told the Washington Post in his first in-person interview published online Tuesday since his June arrival in Russia, which granted him a one-year temporary asylum, Xinhua reported.

"I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated," said Snowden, whose revelations showed secret legal authorities empowered the NSA to sweep in the telephone, internet and location records of whole populations.

"Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself," Snowden said.

"All I want was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed," he said. "That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals."

At his year-end news conference held Friday, US President Barack Obama defended the NSA's domestic spying programmes while promising some reforms in the upcoming new year.

Obama said he would review the reform recommendations by a presidential advisory panel during his holiday break starting Friday, and would make a "pretty definitive statement" in January about some reforms.

Obama's comments came in a week in which a federal judge declared the NSA's collection programme probably was unconstitutional.

Snowden was interviewed in Moscow by Barton Gellman, a Post reporter who has received leaks from the former NSA contractor. Snowden's first revelations were initially published by the Post and the Guardian of Britain in June.

"He was relaxed and animated over two days of nearly unbroken conversation, fueled by burgers, pasta, ice cream and Russian pastry," Gellman said of Snowden.

Snowden, 30, has been charged with espionage, theft and unauthorised communication of national defence and intelligence information.

He said people who accuse him of disloyalty mistake his purpose. "I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realise it."

Snowden's revelations have outraged not only Americans and technical companies but also US allies, angered by documents showing that the US was monitoring their leaders' phone calls and other virtual communications.

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Intelligence Director Says He Never Lied To Congress About NSA Surveillance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of national intelligence is disputing allegations that he lied to Congress about a surveillance program last year. James Clapper is rolling out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers. Clapper says it has been very disappointing to have his integrity questioned "because of a mistake." He was speaking Thursday to intelligence contractors in a ballroo ...
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The Silicon Valley tech giants that have been engaging in widespread internet surveillance of their customers’ shopping preferences, general attitudes, and deepest life-style secrets have failed to appreciate the mounting global concern over their record on online privacy and security. Yet after losing tens of billions of dollars in sales and facing government scrutiny, Silicon Valley giants like Apple and Google are only beginning to understand ...
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NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers

Sep 16 2014 3:24pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden's leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance. One year later, the embattled director of national intelligence is the unlikely bedfellow of the American Civil Liberties Union in backing an NSA reform bill that has divided civil liberties groups. The differing views on the bill reflect a more fundame ...
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Sep 16 2014 1:56pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Today, the United States moves forward with plans to attack ISIS, alongside the help of unlikely allies. Our government does so aware of the fact that many, if not most Americans disapprove. The American population is fearful of ISIS. Clearly, our government is too. But our fears may stem from different places. And our solutions may vary drastically, too. When there's such a great difference between what the American population thinks and wants, and what the g ...
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Snowden documentary to premiere at NY festival

Sep 16 2014 12:20pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary about Edward Snowden is a late addition to the New York Film Festival.The Film Society of Lincoln Center ...
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Bradley Manning says 'Let ISIS Succeed.' I say 'Shut That Cell Door!'

Sep 16 2014 11:55am CDT | Source: Big Government

Have they cut it off yet? The penis attached to traitorous transsexual Chelsea Manning, I mean. How else to explain the level of feverish disturbance necessary for the former Private Bradley to pen an op-ed saying we should "let ISIS succeed" in its mission to destroy half the Middle East, murdering, raping and torturing anyone in its way.  There's no doubt that dealing with ISIS, the Islamic State or whatever those barbarian nutcases are calling themselves this wee ...
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Laura Poitras's Edward Snowden Documentary Is Being Released

Sep 16 2014 11:52am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

By now, the story of how a team of journalists met Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel has become the stuff of legend, a modern-day update to Bob Woodward and Deep Throat in the parking garage. But the Snowden story has something Woodward's didn't: video footage of the encounter. The video is part of a new documentary called "CITIZENFOUR," by Laura Poitras, one of the journalists who met Snowden on that fateful day in 2013. On Tuesday, the New York Film F ...
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European Court to Investigate Law Allowing Security Services to Snoop on Journalists

Sep 16 2014 10:51am CDT | Source: Big Government

A British law that allows the authorities to snoop on journalists has been slammed as "not fit for purpose", and will be challenged in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Strasbourg. Lawyers for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), who are bringing the case to the court, contend that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa) contravenes Articles 8 and / or 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which allow for the "Ri ...
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PM ‘absolutely without doubt’ New Zealand free of surveillance

Sep 16 2014 4:00am CDT | Source: Infowars

John Key has reiterated his position that New Zealanders are “absolutely without doubt” not the subject of mass surveillance. His comments follow several calls by politicians to front up to claims that the GCSB has links to US intelligence and has been involved in mass monitoring. Claims were made yesterday b ...
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