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United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden | USAO-EDVA | Department of Justice
The US sues Edward Snowden claiming he didn't get his book reviewed by the CIA before releasing it so they want 100% of the profits.
law  ethics  snowden  via:reddit 
28 days ago by mcherm
WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)
The Washington Post accepted a Pulitzer prize for working with Ed Snowden's data to report on PRISM. Now their editorial page says some of what he revealed was OK but he should be prosecuted for PRISM. Hypocrisy.
journalism  snowden 
september 2016 by mcherm
Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal | VICE News
Snowden attempted to raise his concerns internally as he claimed afterward. The NSA was lying when they said he never did that.
snowden  via:reddit  whistleblower 
june 2016 by mcherm
How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers | Mark Hertsgaard | US news | The Guardian
The story of the man who tried to protect Thomas Drake, the whistleblower who proceeded Snowden, and not only failed, but became a whistleblower himself about the illegal means used to persecute Drake.
snowden  whistleblower  via:reddit 
may 2016 by mcherm
The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why
This mentions some of the restrictions Snowden placed on journalists with which he shared his documents.
snowden  privacy 
may 2016 by mcherm
Panama Papers Source Offers Documents To Governments, Hints At More To Come · ICIJ
The (anonymous) person who released the "Panama Papers" says it was whistleblowing, done because of the importance of income inequality, and also that it would be shared with law enforcement if only there were better whistleblower protections.
whistleblower  via:Techdirt  snowden 
may 2016 by mcherm
David Patraeus, Who Leaked Classified Info To His Mistress, Says Snowden Should Be Prosecuted | Techdirt
Techdirt calls out David Patraeus *as it should* for inaccuracy and hypocrisy in attacks on Edward Snowden, also debunking the claim that he should have used "regular channels".
snowden  techdirt  via:reddit 
may 2016 by mcherm
Edward Snowden: ‘Governments can reduce our dignity to that of tagged animals’ | US news | The Guardian
Edward Snowden: leaking information for reasons of conscience is heroic; new leaks about drone programs rise to this level.
secrecy  snowden  TheGuardian  via:reddit  whistleblower 
may 2016 by mcherm
A Government Error Just Revealed Snowden Was the Target in the Lavabit Case | WIRED
So it was Snowden that the govt was trying to get when they closed Lavamail.
snowden  secrecy  law  via:HackerNews  wired 
march 2016 by mcherm
Reporter Who Wrote Sunday Times 'Snowden' Propaganda Admits That He's Just Writing What UK Gov't Told Him | Techdirt
Author of the recent attack piece on Snowden admits that he just quoted the UK government with no independent sources.
journalism  snowden 
june 2015 by mcherm
NSA whistleblower warns of surveillance state | Star Tribune
He was raising the issue 2 years before Snowden. And it did no good.
snowden  via:reddit  whistleblower 
june 2015 by mcherm
Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. - The Intercept
Some of the story as told by a person working for the EFF who helped to set up the secure communications channels that Edward Snowden used to communicate his leak.
snowden  eff  encryption  security  privacy 
october 2014 by mcherm
New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic
John Napier Tye is another NSA spying whistleblower. He went through "proper channels" (and was ignored) and has broken no laws.
nsa  4thAmmendment  snowden  via:reddit 
july 2014 by mcherm
Obtained Emails Show NSA Officials Knew In Advance Of GCHQ's Plans To Destroy The Guardian's Computers | Techdirt
The NSA knew that British officials were going to march in and demand that Guardian officials destroy their computers, and they said they approved of the idea. Privately. In public, Obama said it was terrible.
snowden  nsa  freespeech  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
july 2014 by mcherm
Facebook Fighting Against Massively Broad Warrant From NY District Attorney For All Information From 381 Accounts | Techdirt
The DA can apparently issue warrants for EVERY detail about hundreds of people from Facebook complete with a gag order prohibiting Facebook from revealing that it is happening, and Facebook does not have standing to challenge it.
facebook  snowden  surveillance  law 
july 2014 by mcherm
Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials - The Washington Post
Snowden: "The government lied AGAIN about releasing my correspondence with officials asking about legal issues. They actually told me that secret presidential orders supersede laws. And they keep lying repeatedly."
snowden  via:Techdirt  nsa 
may 2014 by mcherm
NBC Confirms That Snowden Did Try To Raise Concerns Internally Before Going To Journalists | Techdirt
Clear statement by NBC that they confirmed that Snowden really DID raise his issues internally before becoming a whistleblower.
techdirt  via:Techdirt  snowden  nsa  whistleblower 
may 2014 by mcherm
At US gov request, NYT's Bill Keller spiked NSA spying story in 2004 - Boing Boing
The next time someone complains "Snowden should have objected but not stolen the secrets", here's the answer. In 2004, DOJ attorney Thoman Tamm did exactly that. The US Government put pressure on the New York Times to suppress the story and they did.
nytimes  snowden  secrecy  privacy  via:boingboing 
may 2014 by mcherm
ongoing by Tim Bray · Pervasive Monitoring Is an Attack
The IETF (they write RFCs) just declared that pervasive monitoring is a threat to the internet and that future standards need to include comments on how they address it.
privacy  surveillance  internet  RFC  nsa  snowden  via:HackerNews 
may 2014 by mcherm
How White House's 'No Commenting' On Media Leaks Policy Makes Life Difficult For Professors | Techdirt
White House policy of no commenting on released information means people with security clearance can't participate properly in college classes.
secrecy  snowden  censorship  obama 
may 2014 by mcherm
Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance
Kids can understand the surveillance state problem. And we can explained it in a non-offensive way.
snowden  privacy  via:reddit  CoryDoctorow 
may 2014 by mcherm
Brazil Passed On Boeing For $4.5 Billion Fighter Jet Deal Because Of Concerns Over NSA Surveillance | Techdirt
An example of the outcome of the NSA spying that Snowden revealed: other countries avoiding buying important technology from US companies.
snowden  via:Techdirt 
april 2014 by mcherm
Errata Security: We may have witnessed a NSA "Shotgiant" TAO-like action
They watched as someone entered their system and extracted data using the support contract for their network switch. They suspect the americans (NSA or CIA).
nsa  security  hacking  via:HackerNews  snowden 
march 2014 by mcherm
Snowden's 'Proper Whistleblowing Channel' Finally Speaks And It's All Talking Points, Condescension And Smears | Techdirt
The head of the office that Snowden "should" have used if he had gone through proper channels speaks out on the issue. And says (effectively) that Snowden was terrible and would have gotten no support if he had used proper channels.
snowden  techdirt  via:Techdirt  whistleblower 
february 2014 by mcherm
NSA surveillance violates attorney-client privilege
An example of an actual case of the government abusing the power of surveillance of attorney-client communications.
law  snowden  nsa  surveillance  via:reddit 
february 2014 by mcherm
The terrifying surveillance case of Brandon Mayfield | Al Jazeera America
A good example of another reason for privacy even if you've done nothing wrong. Because some percentage of people will have coincidences that make them suspicious even if innocent.
snowden  nsa  surveillance  privacy  law  via:HackerNews 
february 2014 by mcherm
FISA Court Waited Until After Snowden Leaks To Actually Explore If Bulk Phone Record Collection Was Legal | Techdirt Lite
For seven years the secret court never even considered the question of whether the data collection was legal.
nsa  snowden  law  via:reddit  techdirt 
january 2014 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Today I Briefed Congress on the NSA
Unbelievable. Six members of Congress interviewed Bruce Schneier (who has seen the Snowden papers) because they can't learn what they need to know from the NSA.
snowden  law  government  via:HackerNews  BruceSchneier 
january 2014 by mcherm
Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower - NYTimes.com
NY Times points out that Edward Snowden's appeal to the media (and the public) was, in truth, his only viable option for sparking change on an issue which truly was of significant public importance. They endorse forgiving his crimes and allowing him to return to the country.
nsa  snowden  nytimes  via:boingboing  whistleblower 
january 2014 by mcherm
The Daily Dot - The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone
The NSA can do anything to an apple device (but may need physical access).
nsa  surveillance  snowden  apple  iphone  via:reddit 
december 2013 by mcherm
If Snowden returned to US for trial, could court admit any NSA leak evidence? - Boing Boing
A good point: if Snowden faced trial in the US our current legal system would not allow him to make any of the reasonable arguments in his defense. He couldn't say "here's what I did" or "here's why I did it".
law  secrecy  snowden  via:boingboing 
december 2013 by mcherm
In Lavabit Appeal, U.S. Doubles Down on Access to Web Crypto Keys | Threat Level | Wired.com
Effectively, the US government is arguing in the lavabit case that they have the right to demand encryption keys from anyone with a subpoena.
lavabit  privacy  security  law  cryptography  snowden  via:HackerNews  wired 
november 2013 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Why the Government Should Help Leakers
A really good suggestion: the US Govt should *HELP* journalists secure the Snowden documents (and others) because it's in both party's interests.
snowden  security  via:BruceSchneier  BruceSchneier 
november 2013 by mcherm
UK: Snowden reporter's partner involved in 'espionage' and 'terrorism' | Reuters
The UK government says that Glenn Greenwald's partner was engaged in "terrorism" because he was carrying papers from Snowden. Yes, they're saying that journalism is terrorism.
journalism  snowden  law  terrorism  GlennGreenwald 
november 2013 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Air Gaps
Bruce Schneier's advice on maintaining an air-gapped computer. He's using this to protect the Snowden documents.
security  privacy  snowden  BruceSchneier  via:BruceSchneier 
october 2013 by mcherm
Joshua Foust ← Freelance Journalist
A journalist that has written critically about Snowden.
snowden  via:RoyBeatty 
october 2013 by mcherm
Dianne Feinstein's Bragging About NSA Surveillance Program May Finally Result In It Being Declared Unconstitutional | Techdirt Lite
The solicitor general told SCOTUS that the US would notify defendants if NSA spying was used in their case, so SCOTUS threw out a case for lack of standing. Turns out the intelligence folks lied to the solicitor general.
snowden  law  scotus  surveillance  via:reddit  techdirt 
october 2013 by mcherm
Lavabit's Legal Fight: Should The Feds Have The Right To Break The Internet's Security System? - Forbes
An article from Forbs on the case contesting the government's right to demand SSL certificates so they can spy on everybody.
lavabit  snowden  security  law 
october 2013 by mcherm
Snowden’s CIA bosses suspected he’d leak files in ‘09, didn’t warn NSA | Ars Technica
There were some suspicions of him earlier (when he was thinking of possibly leaking stuff but chose not to). None from later when he DID choose to leak stuff.
snowden  via:ArsTechnica 
october 2013 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Reforming the NSA
The NSA is too powerful, and it needs to be reformed from outside.
nsa  snowden  politics  BruceSchneier  via:BruceSchneier 
october 2013 by mcherm
How a telecom helped the government spy on me | Ars Technica
US government used inappropriate means to get a journalist's phone records for a leak investigation.
surveillance  privacy  journalism  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  snowden 
october 2013 by mcherm
Former DHS Chief Privacy Officer Recounts How She Was Regularly Called A 'Terrorist' By The Intelligence Community | Techdirt
The former privacy officer for department of homeland security says that the NSA hated the idea of a privacy officer and spoke ill of her.
nsa  privacy  techdirt  via:Techdirt  snowden  personal_net 
october 2013 by mcherm
US Government Fails Honesty Standards of 12 Year Olds | Electronic Frontier Foundation
NSA lying to Congress via weasel words. Remember: Clinton never lied either (depending on what the definition of "is" is).
nsa  snowden  politics 
october 2013 by mcherm
Edward Snowden e-mail provider Lavabit faced 'pen register' order - POLITICO.com
Speculation about what may have been demanded of lavamail: that they capture a password not normally transmitted to them.
snowden  via:reddit 
september 2013 by mcherm
Justice Dept. watchdog never probed judges' NSA concerns
Some judges on the secret FISA court complained that NSA lawyers had apparently lied to them and asked for an investigation. There was no investigation.
nsa  law  snowden  via:boingboing 
september 2013 by mcherm
The Banality of Systemic Evil - NYTimes.com
Are the whistleblowers like Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden acting ethically?
snowden  ethics  AaronSwartz  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
september 2013 by mcherm
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