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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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German opposition goes to court on Snowden hearing

Sep 26 2014 6:27am CDT | Source: Townhall's

BERLIN (AP) — Opposition lawmakers have asked Germany's highest court to rule on whether former NSA contractor Edward Snowden can co ...
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Security Features Help BlackBerry Dump CrackBerry Image

Sep 25 2014 10:02pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The BlackBerry Passport smartphone was introduced on September 24th with a full physical keyboard, uniquely square large-screen design that increases the “readability” of web pages and e-mail. The rising attraction for corporate users is that the device’s software and hardware are optimized for a system-wide 256-bit AES encryption, online privacy protection and the ability to remotely locate and lock a phone. John Chen, who took control of the company as CEO last year, has received allot of ku ...
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Australia Poised To Adopt Law That Permits Virtually Unlimited Government Internet Surveillance

Sep 25 2014 1:03pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin The Australian government is primed to give the nation’s spy agency unfettered access to citizens’ computer networks and potentially put journalists in jail thanks to drafted national security reform laws passed by the country’s Senate Thursday, The Sydney Morning News reported. The Australian Senate passed an anti-terrorism bill called the “National Security Legislation Amendment Bill” that would give the Australian Security ...
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Glenn Greenwald: 'Peace Prize President' Has Bombed Seven Muslim Countries

Sep 24 2014 4:00pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Liberal columnist Glenn Greenwald and Matt Drudge agree on one thing this week: Both noted that Syria has become the 7th Muslim country that the "Peace Prize president" bombed. "Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama -- after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq," said Greenwald, who's famous for assisting Edward Sno ...
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Claim: NSA Is Spying on The Whole Of Vienna Including the UN

Sep 24 2014 11:02am CDT | Source: Big Government

Following revelations that the American National Security Agency (NSA) spies on the German Government and had tapped Chancellor Merkel’s private phone, an Austrian journalist has alleged the NSA has a significant listening station in central Vienna, overlooking the United Nations complex there, reports The Local. The journalist, writing for the Austrian state broadcaster ORF through their ‘alternative cul ...
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Snowden honored with 'alternative Nobel'

Sep 24 2014 8:48am CDT | Source: Townhall's

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the "alternat ...
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E.O. 12333: End-Running the Fourth Amendment

Sep 23 2014 1:33pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Historians of the Constitutional Era of the United States (1789-2001, RIP) will recall the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the one that used to protect Americans against unreasonable and unwarranted searches. The Supreme Court had generally held that searches required a warrant. That warrant could be issued only after law enforcement showed they had "probable cause." That in turn had been defined by the Court to require a high standard of proof ...
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Washington thrives, America dies

Sep 22 2014 6:16pm CDT | Source: WND

The more things change, the more they remain the same ["Lois Lerner: I didn't do anything wrong"]. A firestorm of IRS scandals and criminal destruction of evidence should have caused the termination of the agency and indictments of a number of bureaucrats and politicians, but Washington protects its own, and the lawless IRS stays as the political hatchet of the Democratic Party and the administrator of Obama ...
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Intelligence Director Says He Never Lied To Congress About NSA Surveillance

Sep 18 2014 9:13am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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 ballro ...
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Things Are Bad in the Good Old U.S. of A.

Sep 17 2014 12:31pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

This weekend is the People's Climate March, which will almost certainly be the largest climate march in U.S. history. It is more than just a march about the environment, though, it is an opportunity to begin building a mass movement, one that has the potential to radically change the course of U.S. politics. As all of us living through this increasingly dire period of American history know, environmental devastation is just one of the many serious problems we currently face. Take Fergu ...
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