theguardian -- Edward Snowden

‘Is whistleblowing worth prison or a life in exile?’: Edward Snowden talks to Daniel Ellsberg
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:34:16 GMT

The two most famous whistleblowers in modern history discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, about Ellsberg’s leaking of the Pentagon Papers, the personal cost of what they did – and if they’d advise anybody to follow in their footsteps. Introduced by Ewen MacAskill

Daniel Ellsberg, the US whistleblower celebrated in Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, was called “the most dangerous man in America” by the Nixon administration in the 70s. More than 40 years later, the man he helped inspire, Edward Snowden, was called “the terrible traitor” by Donald Trump, as he called for Snowden’s execution.

The Guardian has brought the two together – the most famous whistleblower of the 20th century and the most famous of the 21st so far – to discuss leaks, press freedom and other issues raised in Spielberg’s film.

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We gave May clear evidence of tax avoidance. Why won’t she act? | Nick Hopkins
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:05:57 GMT
The Paradise Papers revealed immoral and unfair practice on an industrial scale – yet ministers seem reluctant to have a parliamentary or public inquiry

In the three weeks since the unveiling of the Paradise Papers, the government has clung to familiar arguments. These arguments have not been to do with the Panama Papers – the forerunner investigation into tax havens and offshore empires that the Guardian published last year. Instead, the echoes have come from another remarkable, though unrelated, case: the Edward Snowden intelligence leaks.

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Theresa May refused to commit to a public register of the ownership of offshore companies and trusts

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Disruption games: why are libertarians lining up with autocrats to undermine democracy?
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:54 GMT

In the era of digital politics, an odd alliance has sprung up: anti-state campaigners and Moscow-backed nationalists are combining to disrupt liberal institutions

At a time when strange alliances are disrupting previously stable democracies, the Catalan independence referendum was a perfect reflection of a weird age. Along with the flag-waving and calls for “freedom” from Madrid, the furore that followed the vote unleashed some of the darker elements that have haunted recent turbulent episodes in Europe and America: fake news, Russian mischief and, marching oddly in step, libertarian activism.

From his residence of more than five years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange tweeted 80 times in support of Catalan secession, and his views were amplified by the state-run Russian news agency, Sputnik, making him the most quoted English-language voice on Twitter, according to independent research and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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They’re completely at odds with each other in every other sense but share a hatred of establishment western politics

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UK intelligence agencies face surveillance claims in European court
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:28 GMT

Civil rights groups bring first major legal challenge since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations

The first major challenge to the legality of UK intelligence agencies intercepting private communications in bulk, following Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations, is due to be heard by the European court of human rights (ECHR).

Three separate British cases brought by civil rights groups will be considered together by seven judges in Strasbourg on Tuesday, raising questions about the way GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 share surveillance material with the United States and other foreign governments.

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Donald Trump wants to keep our draconian surveillance laws. Don't let him do it | Trevor Timm
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:03:00 GMT

The spying provision that allows warrantless access to our emails is being debated in Congress. We must all urge our representatives to oppose it

Lost amid the constant headlines about hearings on social media companies and Russia, is that Congress is having the most important debate on privacy rights in years.

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A Machine They're Secretly Building review – spies, lies and videotape
Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:50:26 GMT

Summerhall, Edinburgh
A sprint through the modern history of surveillance and the arguments states use to legitimise it makes for a chilling hour in the company of Proto-Type Theatre

Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees are wearing black clothes and red balaclavas. They stand before us with a slight air of menace. But this smartly intelligent hour-long whizz through the world of surveillance, and the way governments legitimise spying on their citizens, makes you question what we mean by a terrorist and where the real threat lies. If you are reading this online, the state may be watching.

You may well yawn, and say that you have seen plenty of Adam Curtis’s films and you know all about the snooper’s charter that passed through parliament with such ease in 2016, and you think there is nothing to fear from being caught on CCTV 70 times a day because you have nothing to hide. But as whistleblower Edward Snowden has observed: “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying that you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

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Refugees who helped Edward Snowden now look to Canada as their only hope
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:35:34 GMT

Lawyers in Canada are frantically working to bring four refugees and their children over, amid concerns that they face grave reprisals over their actions

For two weeks they sheltered the world’s most wanted man, ferrying Edward Snowden between tiny apartments in Hong Kong’s poorest neighborhood.

Now the four refugees are at the centre of a court battle in Canada, as lawyers frantically work to bring them and their children to the country amid concerns that they face grave reprisals over their actions.

Related: Hong Kong refugees helped hide Edward Snowden after NSA leak

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Laura Poitras on her WikiLeaks film Risk: ‘I knew Julian Assange was going to be furious’
Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:56:14 GMT

The Oscar-winning director made her name with the Edward Snowden revelations. In turn, that led to the opportunity to closely film Assange. But the more she filmed, the more critical she became

Laura Poitras wants to make one thing absolutely clear. She still admires Julian Assange despite everything that has happened. But, it soon emerges, this is a mighty caveat.

Risk, Poitras’s film on Assange, six years in the making, is finally finished. During this time she has gone from being an Assange supporter given privileged access to an outsider banished from the WikiLeaks inner sanctum; she has exposed the National Security Agency’s global spying programme (a lot of it published in Britain by the Guardian) after being the first journalist to make contact with whistleblower Edward Snowden, and she has made an Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden called Citizenfour.

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Trump CIA director blames 'worship of Edward Snowden' for rise in leaks
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:53:48 GMT

Mike Pompeo said more needed to be done to stem what he called an increase in the leaking of state secrets to ‘undermine the United States and democracy’

Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has blamed the “worship” of leakers such as Edward Snowden for a rise in the public disclosure of US intelligence.

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Putin jokingly offers Comey asylum during annual phone-in session
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:30:17 GMT

Russian president’s yearly question-and-answer event included comments on the former FBI director and a phone call from Arizona about ‘Russophobia’

Vladimir Putin made a sarcastic offer of asylum to the former FBI director James Comey on Thursday, during an attack on Comey’s claims of Russian interference in the US election.

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