The NSA leaks have prompted an important question: do we have strong enough oversight of our spies?
Poor Edward Snowden! He?s willing to live nearly anywhere, but no country is willing to accept him. Not Ecuador. Not China, Russia, Norway, or Spain. Why not? Because he is a terrible candidate for asylum.
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden accuses Barack Obama of blocking his efforts to seek asylum, in his first public statement since fleeing Hong Kong.
Wikileaks and various news agencies report that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has prepared asylum requests for (at least) 21 nations, including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela.
Officials in Bolivia tell the AP that a plane carrying Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, was rerouted to Austria when France and Portugal refused to allow it into their airspace over concerns NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Earlier in the day, Morales had hinted that Bolivia was ready to offer asylum, and compared Snowden to historic US hero Paul Revere. Reuters quotes Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca as blaming the forced diversion on “unfounded suspicions that Mr. Snowden was on the plane,” adding, “we don’t know who invented this lie….we want to express our displeasure because this has put the president’s life at risk.”
The first round of negotiations over a new trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union are scheduled to start next week, but it may be doomed before it even begins. EU officials are demanding answers and threatening to call off the negotiations in light of the latest NSA revelations released this week showing how the US has been involved in extensive spying on EU diplomats. The diminishing trust between the two allies could have a knock-on effect on global copyright regulation, and stiffen Europe’s resolve to better protect its own citizens’ online privacy.
After fleeing the U.S. and then Hong Kong, Edward Snowden remains holed up somewhere in Moscow?s airport beyond the reach of American authorities. The story of the hunt for the NSA whistleblower and attempts to stop him before he leaks again seems inevitably headed for Hollywood, just like the story of WikiLeaks before it.
Evidence emerged that the former US National Security Agency contractor?s ties to WikiLeaks were undermining his attempts to evade the US authorities
Bolivia president Evo Morales is willing to ?enter into discussions? on offering refuge to Edward Snowden as NSA whistle-blower?s other options narrow
As a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, I used to think nothing of scooping up the phone numbers that a suspect called. I viewed that surveillance as no big deal because the Supreme Court had ruled in Smith v. Maryland (1979) that we have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the phone numbers we dial, as opposed to the content of the calls. And in any event, I had limited time or practical
Edward Snowden is seeking asylum in 21 countries around the world
Listening in: The ‘Big Brother State’ is a sensitive issue in Germany
John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer serving a thirty-month sentence in prison for leaking the name of an officer involved in the USA’s torture program has written an open letter to Edward Snowden. His ?most important advice? as he writes, is to ?not, under any circumstances, cooperate with the FBI….FBI agents will lie, trick and deceive you. They will twist your words and play on your patriotism to entrap you.
Early this morning, Reddit user ?SlartiBartRelative? posted a photo, with the headline ?The icon of anti-capitalism, mass-produced?. The post received thousands of upvotes and generated a long comment thread, though the most highly-rated comment argued ?Those masks have nothing to do with anti-capitalism? like at all?. Other commentators note that Anonymous, which has famously adopted the Guy Fawkes mask, is anti-corruption or anti-tyranny, which may sometimes manifest itself as anti-corporatism, which can look a lot like anti-capitalism. (There?s also a helpful discourse on the historical Guy Fawkes. Yay, Reddit comment threads!)