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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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How Obama Dragged Democrats Down

Nov 3 2014 1:10pm CST | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Washington Post: “Obama’s journey from triumphant, validated Democratic hero to a political millstone weighing on his party’s chances is a tale of a second-term president quickly and repeatedly sidetracked by a series of crises — some self-inflicted — and the widely held perception that the White House has not managed them well.” “Obama’s list of second-term leadership crises is a formidable one: the botched rollout of H ...
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Brazil to avoid NSA spying with cable to Europe

Nov 3 2014 10:18am CST | Source: WND

NEW YORK – In an attempt to avoid NSA spying, Brazil is planning to lay 3,500 miles of fiber-optic cable under the Atlantic Ocean to bypass the U.S. and create a direct Internet connection to Europe. The estimated $185 million project, built without the help of U.S. companies, will stretch cable from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Portugal, Bloomberg News reported. One year ago, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivered a scathing speech to the United Nations General Assembly accusing th ...
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How Obama Dragged Democrats Down

Nov 3 2014 8:10am CST | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

Washington Post: "Obama's journey from triumphant, validated Democratic hero to a political millstone weighing on his party's chances is a tale of a second-term president quickly and repeatedly sidetracked by a series of crises -- some self-inflicted -- and the widely held perception that the White House has not managed them well." "Obama's list of second-term leadership crises is a formidable ...
Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire   Full article at: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
 

 
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Right, left combo to spar with NSA in court

Nov 2 2014 7:12pm CST | Source: WND

WASHINGTON – Tuesday could be a turning point for the country in more ways in one. Of course, it will be election day, when voters will determine whether the GOP will take control of the Senate and perhaps increase its majority in the House of Representatives. But it will also be the day a federal appeals court in Washington hears a potentially landmark case seeking to curb the government’s ability to secretly gather information on Americans. Former Reagan Justice Department ...
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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 shou ...
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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 L ...
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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 that a man in northern Virginia, who has ...
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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 h ...
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3 weeks ago

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!To ...
Source: Truthout Stories   Full article at: Truthout Stories
 

 
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3 weeks ago

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 villain, depending upon ...
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