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Federal Judge Rules N.S.A. Mass Data Collection Unconstitutional

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A Federal Judge has ruled that the N.S.A. metadata collection program is unconstitutional, but it’s unclear if the ruling will have much of an impact.

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

Snowden Seeks To Extend Asylum

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As expected, Edward Snowden has asked Russia to extend the asylum it granted one year ago: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency analyst who fled to Russia last year after releasing reams of sensitive American government documents, has applied to have his temporary asylum extended, his lawyer was quoted as telling Russian […]

Edward Snowden: I Was More Than Just A ‘Data Analyst’

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For the first time, Edward Snowden is talking to the American media.

Snowden Looking For A Deal?

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A report in The New York Times seems to suggest that NSA leaker Edward Snowden may be looking for a deal that will allow him to come home: WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in […]

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian


Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

Bill Clinton Has A Different Take On Edward Snowden Than Barack Obama

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Bill Clinton seems far more understanding of Edward Snowden than the current President

Edward Snowden Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’

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In a new interview, Edward Snowden explains his motives for absconding from the country with NSA secrets.

Does Judge Leon’s Ruling On NSA Surveillance Vindicate Edward Snowden?


Does a determination that NSA data collection practices are likely unconstitutional mean that Edward Snowden’s actions were, in some sense, justified?

Snowden Appeals To Brazil For Asylum


Edward Snowden is offering to help Brazilian government officials in their investigation of U.S. surveillance of their country in exchange for asylum: National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he would be willing to help Brazil investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate without being granted political asylum because the U.S. […]

Pope Francis Named Time’s Person Of The Year, Edward Snowden Second

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Not surprisingly, Time’s editors chose Pope Francis as Person Of The Year. However, Edward Snowden arguably would have been the better choice.

Report: CIA Warned About Edward Snowden Four Years Ago


The New York Times is out with a report that the Central Intelligence Agency warned that Edward Snowden might be a security risk some four years before he managed to abscond unknown amounts of intelligence data from the National Security Agency and leave the country: WASHINGTON — Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva […]

Snowden Documents Show Pentagon Lied In Resposnse To FOIA Request Regarding Bin Laden Death


Documents obtained by Edward Snowden and given to The Washington Post seem to establish that the Pentagon lied in a Freedom of Information Act request in connection with the death of Osama bin Laden: WASHINGTON (KABC) – Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden end any doubt that Osama bin Laden could still be alive. The Washington […]

Snowden Leaves Moscow Airport, Gets One-Year Asylum In Russia

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After more than a month, Edward Snowden has finally left the Moscow Airport’s transit area: After a month holed up in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor wanted by the United States for leaking details of surveillance programs, has received temporary refugee status in Russia and left […]

U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Seek Death Penalty For Edward Snowden

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In what appears to be an effort to persuade the Russians to reconsider their decision to refuse U.S. extradition requests, the Attorney General has said that the Justice Department will not be seeking the death penalty against Edward Snowden: WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a letter sent to the Russian […]

Snowden Receives Permission To Leave Moscow Airport [Update: Or, Maybe Not]

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After more than a month in the Moscow Airport’s transit area, Edward Snowden is now apparently free to leave: MOSCOW — The National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been given a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia, Russia’s state news agency said Wednesday. Snowden […]

Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip Over Snowden Affair

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American athletes are still going to go to the Sochi Olympics next year, but the Edward Snowden affair may lead to President Obama canceling a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he’s in Russia for the G-20 summit: WASHINGTON — President Obama may cancel a scheduled trip to Moscow to meet with President […]

Putin: U.S. Has Trapped Snowden In Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the United States has effectively trapped Edward Snowden in Russia: MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin told an audience of students on Monday that the United States had effectively trapped Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former intelligence contractor, on Russian territory by frightening countries that otherwise might have accepted […]

Snowden Renews Request To Russia For Asylum


Edward Snowden must be having a hard time finding a safe way to get out of Russia without risking interception by the U.S. or nations friendly to the U.S., because he is renewing his request for asylum in Russia: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, met with representatives of international human […]

Snowden Says He Hasn’t Given Any Information To Russia Or China

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While he still apparently sits in a transit area of the Moscow Airport nearly three weeks after leaving Hong Kong, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is pushing back on claims that he has shared information with the Russians or the Chinese: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in an interview on Saturday and then again Tuesday afternoon, vehemently denied […]

Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Edward Snowden Asylum, Anna Chapman Offers Marriage

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Two nations that seem to enjoy being thorns in the side of the United States have offered Edward Snowden asylum: President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said Friday that he would offer asylum to the fugitive intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden, who has been stranded in a Moscow airport searching for a safe haven. “I have […]

Ecuador: Helping Snowden Was A Mistake


The President of Ecuador is apparently having second thoughts about helping Edward Snowden: Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa has said the country is not considering Edward Snowden’s request for asylum, saying that he is now Russia’s responsibility. He described the decision to issue Snowden with a temporary travel pass after his passport was revoked by the […]

U.S. Faces More Blowback Over Revelations Of Spying On Allies

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The blowback from yesterday’s revelations about U.S. surveillance on European allies continues.

Putin: Snowden Must Stop Leaking To Stay In Russia, But We’re Not Going To Extradite

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Russian President Vladimir Putin must stop leaking American secrets if he wishes to stay in Russia: MOSCOW — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said Monday that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, but added that Snowden has no plan to […]

Ecuador Stepping Back On Snowden Asylum Offer?


The Government of Ecuador appears to be stepping back from  its offer of asylum to Edward Snowden: PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa said Sunday that while there were weighty arguments for granting asylum to the fugitive American intelligence leaker Edward J. Snowden, it was up to Russia to decide what happens to him. But […]

Inside Edward Snowden’s World


Associated Press reported Ian Phillips took a plane to Moscow, without a visa to enter Russia, to see what it’s like at the transit hotel where Edward Snowden is apparently held up: The woman at the transit desk raises an eyebrow and stares at my flight itinerary, which includes a 21-hour layover in Moscow before […]

Where In The World Is Edward Snowden?


Technically, he may not be anywhere: Russia says it has had no involvement in the travel plans of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The exact whereabouts of Mr Snowden, who flew to Moscow from Hong Kong on Sunday, are unclear. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted he had not crossed the Russian border. He criticised […]

Edward Snowden Asks Ecuador For Asylum

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Mere hours after he landed in Moscow after a long flight from Hong Kong, it was revealed that Edward Snowden had asked the nation of Ecuador for asylum: Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor who leaked classified documents revealing US internet and phone surveillance, has asked Ecuador for asylum. The request was confirmed by […]

David Gregory Asks If Glenn Greenwald Should Be Prosecuted

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Does David Gregory consider Glenn Greenwald to be a reporter deserving of protection, or “just a blogger” who may be a potential criminal?

Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong For Russia And Parts Unknown

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Despite an extradition request from the United States, Edward Snowden left Hong Kong overnight on a flight to Moscow and parts unknown.

Report: Edward Snowden Charged With Espionage And Other Charges

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Not surprisingly, Edward Snowden has been formally charged in connection with the leak of classified NSA documents.

Rep. Peter King (R., New York) Wants Journalists Prosecuted As Spies


One Congressman thinks it would be a good idea to treat journalists as criminals.

Hong Kong Can Refuse U.S. Extradition Requests


As I noted last night in connection with the case of Edward Snowden, the United States does not have an Extradition Treaty with the People’s Republic of China, but does have one with Hong Kong that was entered into about two years prior to the city’s 1999 turnover to Chinese control by the British. As […]

Edward Snowden, Leaker Of NSA Data Mining Stories, Steps Forward

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Meet Edward Snowden, the 29 year old CIA/NSA contractor who has confessed to leaking the details of the NSA’s data mining projects.