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Wiretaps, data dumps and zero days: is digital privacy no longer possible? – video
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:00:44 GMT

There have been allegations of Russian hacking of the US election, WikiLeaks revelations of CIA cyber weapons including targeted surveillance using consumer devices, and the call for a back door into encrypted communications apps. So to want extent is privacy and democracy under threat? The Guardian’s defence and intelligence correspondent, Ewen MacCaskill, and technology reporter, Alex Hern, discuss the practice and implications of digital technology and surveillance and what it potentially means for all of us

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Privacy experts fear Donald Trump running global surveillance network
Fri, 11 Nov 2016 17:34:34 GMT

Concerns raised that current US and UK surveillance system is ‘ripe for further abuse under an autocratic, power-obsessed president’

Privacy activists, human rights campaigners and former US security officials have expressed fears over the prospect of Donald Trump controlling the vast global US and UK surveillance network.

They criticised Barack Obama’s administration for being too complacent after the 2013 revelations by the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, and making only modest concessions to privacy concerns rather than carrying out major legislative changes.

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'Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home'
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:33:02 GMT

Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower

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Bernie Sanders leads a chorus of prominent public figures calling for clemency, a plea agreement or, in several cases, a full pardon for the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Writing in the Guardian, the runner-up in the race to become Democratic presidential candidate argues that Snowden helped to educate the American public about how the NSA violated the constitutional rights of citizens with its mass surveillance program. Sanders argues that there should be some form of resolution that would acknowledge both the “troubling revelations” that he had brought to light and the crime that he committed in doing so, that would “spare him a long prison sentence or permanent exile”.

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Edward Snowden makes 'moral' case for presidential pardon
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:28:36 GMT

Exclusive: Whistleblower says citizens have benefited from his disclosure in 2013 of US and UK government surveillance

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Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.

The US whistleblower’s comments, made in an interview with the Guardian, came as supporters, including his US lawyer, stepped up a campaign for a presidential pardon. Snowden is wanted in the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act and faces at least 30 years in jail.

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Snowden lawyer vows to make new push for pardon from Obama
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:00:29 GMT
  • Ben Wizner: NSA whistleblower case one ‘for which pardon power exists’
  • New York magazine details use of ‘Snowbot’ to reach US audiences


Lawyers working with Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower who received sanctuary in Russia after fleeing the US, have vowed to step up pressure on Barack Obama’s administration for a presidential pardon.

Related: Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed 'public service' with NSA leak

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Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed 'public service' with NSA leak
Mon, 30 May 2016 15:56:19 GMT

Former attorney general gives whistleblower credit for starting debate over surveillance – but says Snowden should still be punished

The former US attorney general Eric Holder has said the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by starting a debate over government surveillance techniques.

Related: How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard

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How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard
Sun, 22 May 2016 14:00:05 GMT

Long before Edward Snowden went public, John Crane was a top Pentagon official fighting to protect NSA whistleblowers. Instead their lives were ruined – and so was his

  • Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by Pentagon source
  • Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program

By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing.

But if you want to know why Snowden did it, and the way he did it, you have to know the stories of two other men.

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Jean-Michel Jarre records with Edward Snowden – after the Guardian brings them together
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 23:01:04 GMT

When we interviewed him last year, the French electronic pioneer asked for our help in putting together a track with the NSA whistleblower

The Guardian’s coverage of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks has had a wide variety of repercussions, but perhaps none are as improbable as the latest: a collaboration between the 32-year-old whistleblower and French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, on a techno track to be released this weekend.

“Edward is an absolute hero of our times,” said Jarre, whose piece with Snowden, called Exit, appears on his forthcoming album of collaborations, Electronica Volume II: The Heart Of Noise, the former CIA employee making an unlikely appearance on a list of special guests that also includes the Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan and rapper Peaches.

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Edward Snowden would be willing to return to US for fair trial
Sun, 21 Feb 2016 11:37:47 GMT

Former NSA contractor tells supporters he would present public interest defence if he appeared before American jury

Edward Snowden has told supporters he would be willing to return to the US if the government could guarantee a fair trial.

The former National Security Agency contractor, who has been living in Russia since June 2013, said he would present a public interest defence of his decision to leak thousands of classified intelligence documents if he appeared before a US jury. “I’ve told the government I would return if they would guarantee a fair trial where I can make a public interest defence of why this was done and allow a jury to decide,” Snowden told a libertarian conference, the New Hampshire Liberty Forum.

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US government jet lay in wait for Snowden in Copenhagen
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:49:13 GMT

Danish government reveals agreement to cooperate over extradition in the event whistleblower arrived in Scandinavia

A US government jet was lying in wait in Copenhagen to extradite the whistleblower Edward Snowden if he had come to Scandinavia after fleeing to Moscow in June 2013, the Danish government has revealed.

The twin-engined Gulfstream aircraft, which had previously been used to fly Abu Hamza to the US from the UK, landed shortly before the FBI called on Scandinavian police forces to arrest Snowden and hand him over for extradition.

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