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“Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him. This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: As a whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump rocks Washington and threatens Trump’s presidency, we spend the hour with one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers, Edward Snowden. Six years ago, Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. He gave the information to reporters. Snowden was then charged in the United States for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. Edward Snowden has just published his memoir. Juan González and I spoke to him from his home in Moscow Wednesday. EDWARD SNOWDEN: Oh, well, I mean, in general, everyone can see what this is. And the first thing they go to is what they call a secrecy agreement.

So, this raises the question, of course, of what do you do when your obligations come into conflict. EDWARD SNOWDEN: It’s actually a funny story. 'They wanted me gone': Edward Snowden tells of whistleblowing, his AI fears and six years in Russia. Fri 13 Sep 2019 17.00 BST Last modified on Fri 13 Sep 2019 17.00 BST The man whose state surveillance revelations rocked the world speaks exclusively to the Guardian about his new life and concerns for the future The world’s most famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, says he has detected a softening in public hostility towards him in the US over his disclosure of top-secret documents that revealed the extent of the global surveillance programmes run by American and British spy agencies.

In an exclusive two-hour interview in Moscow to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations. Snowden also said: “The greatest danger still lies ahead, with the refinement of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition. • Permanent Record is published by Macmillan (£20).

Snowden: Possible Trump Pick Petraeus Disclosed ‘Far More Highly Classified Secrets' Than I Ever Did. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong.Photo Credit: Laura Poitras / Praxis Films "We have a two-tiered system of justice in the United States," Edward Snowden declared in an interview with Katie Couric, as his lawyers fight for a pardon before Donald Trump takes office. Snowden said the system is one in which "people who are either well-connected to government or they have access to an incredible amount of resources get very light punishments.

" The former National Security Agency contractor was discussing former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who is under consideration for Secretary of State in the Trump administration, despite still being on probation for sharing highly classified government information with his biographer/mistress Paula Broadwell, a crime for which he lost his job.

Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor. Edward Snowden: MEP vote urges EU to grant safe asylum. The European Parliament has called on EU member states to drop all criminal charges against Edward Snowden and protect him against extradition to the United States. MEPs voted 285 votes to 281 in favour of a resolution that the NSA whistleblower should be allowed to seek safe asylum in the EU. The resolution, which isn't binding, is nonetheless a strong signal from MEP's that EU member states should grant Snowden protection. MEPs voting in favour of the measures described Snowden as a "human rights defender" and urged member states to "drop any criminal charges" against him. Member states should "grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender", according to MEPs who votes in favour.

All EU member states have existing extradition treaties with the United States and it remains to be seen if any nation would be willing to waive such an agreement. White House Rejects Petition to Pardon Snowden. The White House on Tuesday formally rejected a 'We the People' petition to pardon Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who has been living in exile since exposing the U.S. government's invasive spying operation in 2013. More than 167,000 people signed the petition urging the government to grant him clemency, stating in their petition that Snowden is "a national hero … [who] should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.

" Not only will Snowden not be pardoned, the Obama administration said, he should face criminal charges for his actions. "Mr. The revelations also opened the door for surveillance reform, particularly through the passage of the USA Freedom Act and the sunsetting of Section 215 and other controversial provisions in the USA Patriot Act. In many ways, the response by the White House is not unexpected. Assange on the Untold Story of the Grounding of Evo Morales’ Plane During Edward Snowden Manhunt. In 2013, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks played a pivotal role in helping National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden leave Hong Kong for Russia. During the U.S. hunt for Snowden, Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to land in Austria for 14 hours after Spain, France, Portugal and Italy closed their airspace under pressure from the United States over false rumors Snowden was on board. Assange gives the inside story on why that plane was targeted.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: We return to our exclusive interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. I spoke to him inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has taken refuge for nearly three years. JULIAN ASSANGE: Let’s go back to 2013. So we worked against that, and we got him out of Hong Kong and got him to Russia, and we were going to transit through Russia to get him to Latin America. So it’s the week of the oil conference. AMY GOODMAN: This is an odd situation. Snowden’s Lawyer Speaks Out - We Are Change Interview. In this video Otis Kenny of WRC speaks with Edward Snowden’s lawyer about the war on whistleblowers. WeAreChange gets an exclusive interview with one of the most influential people within the overall Snowden affair. Jesselyn Radack, a former whistleblower herself, has dedicated her life to representing whistleblowers.

In this interview we learn; the difference between a whistleblower and a leaker, how to properly conduct whistle blowing, and get some updates on Edward Snowden’s well being. Follow Otis Kenny on Stay up to date with WeAreChange – follow Luke on Support us by subscribing here http;// Check out our merchandise: 1Share 90Share. A Victory for the Constitution. Snowden v. Obama: The Game-Changing Decision Judge Richard J. Leon, a Bush appointee to the federal district court of the District of Columbia, is an interesting figure in U.S. history to have changed the ongoing game of Obama v. Snowden. His biography includes stints working for Congress on other historic game changing events: the flawed investigations into both of the (covertly) related “October Surprise” and “Iran-Contra” scandals. Judge Leon has published a persuasive 68 page legal opinion averaging more than one explanatory fine-print footnote per page in Klayman v.

Obama (12/16/2013) holding that the dragnet data sweep by Obama’s NSA “almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy” by the American people. Indeed, tacitly invoking the prevailing conservative “originalist” test of constitutional interpretation, Judge Leon cogently surmises that “the author of our Constitution, James Madison… would be aghast” at the scope of the constitutional violation by Obama. Edward Snowden Pens 'Open Letter' Offering To Help Brazil Investigate U.S. Spying. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wrote in a lengthy "open letter to the people of Brazil" that he's been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA's culture of indiscriminate global espionage "is collapsing. " In the letter, released widely online, Snowden commended the Brazilian government for its strong stand against U.S. spying.

He said he'd be willing to help the South American nation investigate NSA spying on its soil, but could not fully participate in doing so without being granted political asylum, because the U.S. "government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak. " The documents revealed that Brazil is the top NSA target in Latin America, in spying that has included the monitoring of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's cellphone and hacking into the internal network of state-run oil company Petrobras. Officials Say U.S. May Never Know Extent of Snowden’s Leaks. Why Snowden’s Passport Matters. When the State Department revoked Edward Snowden’s passport four months ago, the move was a reprisal from a surveillance-and-warfare state that operates largely in the shadows. Top officials in Washington were furious. Snowden had suddenly exposed what couldn’t stand the light of day, blowing the cover of the world’s Biggest Brother.

Cancelation of the passport wasn’t just an effort to prevent the whistleblower from getting to a country that might grant political asylum. It was also a declaration that the U.S. government can nullify the right to travel just as surely as it can nullify the right to privacy. “Although I am convicted of nothing,” Snowden said in a July 1 statement after a week at a Moscow airport terminal, the U.S. government “has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Since 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has affirmed with clarity: “Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.”

The Snowden Affair. Washington, D.C., September 4, 2013 – Recent press disclosures about National Security Agency (NSA) electronic surveillance activities — relying on documents provided by Edward Snowden — have sparked one of the most significant controversies in the history of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Today, the nongovernmental National Security Archive at The George Washington University posts a compilation of over 125 documents — a Web resource — to provide context and specifics about the episode.

The Snowden leaks have generated broad public debate over issues of security, privacy, and legality inherent in the NSA's surveillance of communications by American citizens. Furthermore, news coverage has explored the story on many levels, from the previously unknown scope of the NSA's programs, to public and congressional reactions, to Snowden's personal saga, including his attempts to evade U.S. authorities and avoid extradition to the United States. Opinion Take It To The Limit: Smith v.

What Do You Call Edward Snowden? On CBS Evening News (8/13/13), anchor Scott Pelley gave viewers a brief–and very misleading–update on Edward Snowden: In an interview today, Edward Snowden appears to describe himself as a spy. Snowden is the National Security Agency computer specialist who spilled some of America's top surveillance secrets. The New York Times asked Snowden about his collaboration with a reporter and Snowden replied, "As one might imagine, normally spies allergically avoid contact with reporters or media. " Snowden, wanted by the United States, is being harbored by Russia.

By highlighting this comment, CBS is suggesting that Snowden made some kind of important admission with his use of the word "spies. " Couple that with Pelley referencing the "collaboration" with an unnamed journalist–presumably Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian–and you can put the pieces together: Snowden, now "being harbored by Russia," was acting as a spy when he "spilled" those secrets, with Greenwald his collaborator. Edward Snowden’s Life Just Flat-Out Fun And Exciting. MOSCOW—Citing a whirlwind month and a half in which he leaked classified details of a massive government surveillance operation, secretly fled from the United States to Hong Kong, and became a figure of national and global intrigue, sources confirmed Thursday that the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is just straight-up fun, exciting, and full of action.

Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia after exposing the NSA’s PRISM data-mining program—which reports indicate is pretty much straight out of a goddamn Mission: Impossible movie—appears to have successfully evaded U.S. authorities attempting to extradite him on federal charges, in what many agree is as cool as it sounds. Sources also verified that the 30-year-old’s life is sure as hell a lot more interesting and eventful than pretty much anyone else’s right now, no question about that. “And on top of that, he’s famous and his face is all over TV and the internet,” Leavitt continued. “I want to do that,” Upton added. Snowden's Twitter Marriage Proposal and the Latest Twists in the Scandal.

For almost four weeks, Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor responsible for leaks about the U.S. secret-surveillance system, has dominated the news cycle and preoccupied the world’s most powerful people. The American government has waged an energetic campaign in order to minimize the damage done by Snowden’s disclosures, and allies such as France and Germany have expressed their disaffection over the monitoring of their diplomatic missions. In Russia, the Snowden situation interfered with the agenda of a forum of gas-exporting countries several days after Snowden got stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. A number of attending leaders, those of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia, were watched with suspicion and curiosity: Were they secretly planning to smuggle Snowden away on board their Presidential planes?

The Bolivian leader’s response to the question of whether his country might give shelter to the whistleblower—“Why not?” Snowden's Asylum and Double Standards. Roger Wilson: Thanks for making great points. Especially in light of recently published FAIR research about the financial ties of Fareed Zakaria, Chris Matthews and other mainstream media figures to big corporate interest groups. Zakaria, in particular, makes a mint with speaking engagements for big corporations which he then seems to have no qualms about protecting in his media work.

(Notice that I don't use the word "journalism. ") Matthews, as the FAIR research to which I make reference makes clear, loves to talk big about there being no pro-labor voices in and around Washington, D.C. Moreover–and I hate to say this, Mr. As for freedom of expression in the arts, in books like Free Exchange, which is a transcription of dialogue between Bourdieu and German-American artist Hans Haacke, Bourdieu takes to task the anti-freedom of speech art politics in the USA at the time he and Haacke wrote the book. Why did Bourdieu (and Haacke) not pick up on this? Why am I bringing this up? NSA Leaker Snowden Has Left Moscow's Airport, As Russia Grants Asylum : The Two-Way. What I Have Done Is Costly, But It Was the Right Thing To Do. Snowden & Zakaria: Shaming The Whistleblower. Trapped: An air escape from Moscow unlikely for NSA leaker Snowden. ‘The Onion’ Offers A Swift, Painless Death To Edward Snowden. NSA Leaker Edward Snowden In His Own Words: "You’re Being Watched"

John Kiriakou Writes Open Letter To Edward Snowden, Warns Leaker Against Cooperating With FBI. Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow: "In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me,... No, the Obama administration is afraid of you." EXCLUSIVE: Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance. Ecuador Says NSA Leaker Has Asked For Asylum : The Two-Way. On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden and America’s Moral Complacency.

Is Naomi Wolf working for the NSA? U.S. charges Snowden with espionage. Snowden Extradition Could Get Snarled In Hong Kong Courts : The Two-Way.