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Edward Snowden: The Untold Story

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story
The afternoon of our third meeting, about two weeks after our first, Snowden comes to my hotel room. I have changed locations and am now staying at the Hotel National, across the street from the Kremlin and Red Square. An icon like the Metropol, much of Russia’s history passed through its front doors at one time or another. Lenin once lived in Room 107, and the ghost of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the feared chief of the old Soviet secret police who also lived here, still haunts the hallways. But rather than the Russian secret police, it’s his old employers, the CIA and the NSA, that Snowden most fears. More than anything, Snowden fears a blunder that will destroy all the progress toward reforms for which he has sacrificed so much. Indeed, some of his fellow travelers have already committed some egregious mistakes. Nor is he optimistic that the next election will bring any meaningful reform. Until then, Snowden says, the revelations will keep coming. Related:  LONGFORMEdward SnodenAugust 2o14

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile Fiction and films, the nearest most of us knowingly get to the world of espionage, give us a series of reliable stereotypes. British spies are hard-bitten, libidinous he-men. Russian agents are thickset, low-browed and facially scarred. But the Edward Snowden who materialises in our hotel room shortly after noon on the appointed day seems none of those things. Oliver Stone, who is working on a film about the man now standing in room 615 of the Golden Apple hotel on Moscow’s Malaya Dmitrovka, might struggle to make his subject live up to the canon of great movie spies. Since arriving in Moscow, Snowden has been keeping late and solitary hours – effectively living on US time, tapping away on one of his three computers (three to be safe; he uses encrypted chat, too). When the Guardian first spoke to Snowden a year ago in Hong Kong, he had been dishevelled, his hair uncombed, wearing jeans and a T-shirt. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% He is guarded on the subject of his life in exile.

Longreads: The best long-form stories on the web Edward Snowden - Biography - Computer Programmer Edward Snowden is a former National Security Agency subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities. Synopsis Born in North Carolina in 1983, Edward Snowden worked for the National Security Agency through subcontractor Booz Allen in the NSA's Oahu office. After only three months, Snowden began collecting top-secret documents regarding NSA domestic surveillance practices, which he found disturbing. Early Years Edward Snowden was born in North Carolina on June 21, 1983, and grew up in Elizabeth City. Snowden dropped out of high school and studied computers at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland (from 1999 to 2001, and again from 2004 to 2005), later earning a GED. Government Work Two years after leaving Anne Arundel for the second time, Snowden landed a job with the National Security Agency as a security guard, which he somehow parlayed into an information-technology job at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Après le scandale PRISM, Snowden révèle le programme Monstermind de la NSA ActualitésNewsAprès le scandale PRISM, Snowden révèle le programme Monstermind de la NSA Mois après mois les révélations d'Edward Snowden, l'ex-consultant à la NSA, n'en finissent plus de faire l'actualité en dévoilant peu à peu l'arsenal des programmes de l'agence de surveillance américaine. Après le scandale Prism, Snowden dévoile un nouveau programme effrayant de la NSA : Monstermind. Edward Snowden, aujourd'hui en exil en Russie après sa fuite de la NSA avec plus d'1,7 million de documents, vient encore de révéler un nouveau pan de l'arsenal américain au niveau de la surveillance. Monstermind est un programme autonome d'après Snowden, capable de contrer des tentatives d'attaques contre les Etats-Unis, mais aussi de contre-attaquer, sans qu'un humain ne soit aux commandes ! Snowden s'interroge sur le bienfondé du projet Monstermind et sur les risques importants qu'il fait courir au monde, en laissant l'opportunité à des machines de répliquer sans qu'un homme ne soit aux commandes.

Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations. Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging world. "What last year's revelations showed us was irrefutable evidence that unencrypted communications on the internet are no longer safe. The response of professional bodies has so far been patchy. A minister at the Home Office in London, James Brokenshire, said during a Commons debate about a new surveillance bill on Tuesday that a code of practice to protect legal professional privilege and others requiring professional secrecy was under review. Snowden's plea for the professions to tighten security came during an extensive and revealing interview with the Guardian in Moscow.

After the Storm Libertarians Will Never Be Successful Because EDWARD SNOWDEN! Writing at The New York Post, William McGurn slams libertarian politicians and various unnamed folks at Reason (Hi, Mom!) for lionizing Edward Snowden, "a man who's wanted for espionage against the United States...and is now living off the hospitality of Vladimir Putin." (Disclosure: Back in the day, McGurn wrote several pieces for Reason, including a crackerjack article about how protectionism in the Philippines deformed life there and this one about Hong Kong under British rule.) Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Justin Amash—they're deluded, don't you see, because Snowden is no kind of hero, says McGurn: While he may not have delivered these [state] secrets to Russian handlers or drop sites the way those from Alger Hiss and Aldrich Ames to Robert Hanssen did, he had them published where all our enemies could read them. What's more: Say you oppose the NSA program and believe it a good thing it was exposed. More here.

Кибер Беркут | Cyber Berkut Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. Late on the evening of January 11, 2013, someone sent me an interesting email. It was encrypted, and sent from the sort of anonymous email service that smart people use when they want to hide their identity. Sitting at the kitchen table in the small cottage where I lived in Berkeley with my wife and two cats, I decrypted it. The anonymous emailer wanted to know if I could help him communicate securely with Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who had repeatedly cast a critical eye on American foreign policy. From: anon108@■■■■■■■■■ To: Micah Lee Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013Micah,I’m a friend. I need to get information securely to Laura Poitras and her alone, but I can’t find an email/gpg key for her.Can you help? I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just been contacted by Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who was then preparing a momentous leak of government data. That was me. From: Laura Poitras To: Micah Lee Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013Hey Micah,Thanks for asking.

Q&A: The Guardian’s Gabriel Dance on new tools for story and cultivating interactive journalism Gabriel Dance thinks a lot about tools. Specifically, what tools does he have at his disposal, and what tools can he and others on the Guardian U.S. interactive team build to help them better tell a story? Dance, the interactive editor for The Guardian U.S., spent a good chunk of the last several months working on NSA Files: Decoded, a multimedia examination of all the information revealed so far about how the U.S. government conducts surveillance on people in America and abroad. In trying to provide context around the story, Dance and his team used a blend of data visualizations, videos, social media integration, documents, and animated GIFs. Dance doesn’t see it as a collection of bells and whistles, but as a way to take advantage of the tools the web provides to help make stories more engaging. “I’m not above the idea of saying the Internet is a competitive place — there’s a lot of cats and babies on the Internet,” Dance said. Are we producing articles with strictly text?

Edward Snowden In 2013, Snowden was hired by an NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, after previous employment with Dell and the CIA.[4] On May 20, 2013, Snowden flew to Hong Kong after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii and in early June he revealed thousands of classified NSA documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill. Snowden came to international attention after stories based on the material appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Further disclosures were made by other newspapers including Der Spiegel and The New York Times. On June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property.[5] On June 23, he flew to Moscow, Russia, where he remained for over a month. A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a patriot and a traitor. Background Childhood, family, and education Political views

Pologne: des hackers hostiles à Kiev disent avoir bloqué les sites du président et de la Bourse - Economie Des hackers hostiles au pouvoir de Kiev ont affirmé avoir bloqué jeudi les sites internet du président polonais Bronislaw Komorowski et de la Bourse de Varsovie, effectivement inaccessibles en milieu d'après-midi. Un site internet, se définissant comme celui de "l'Armée du CyberBerkut" ukrainienne, a revendiqué cette attaque comme étant destinée à "punir la Pologne pour son soutien aux fascistes de Kiev". "Obéissant aux ordres de Washington, notre voisin occidental (la Pologne, ndlr) fournit une assistance politique, diplomatique et militaire aux nationalistes et aux oligarques qui déstabilisent et détruisent l'Ukraine", déclare le site www.cyber-berkut.org. Le conflit dans l'est de l'Ukraine entre forces régulières ukrainiennes et séparatistes prorusses hostiles aux autorités de Kiev a fait plus de 2.000 morts en quatre mois, dont près de 1.000 au cours des deux dernières semaines, selon un bilan publié mercredi par l'ONU.

Snowden Speaks: A Vanity Fair Exclusive Snowden writes to Vanity Fair about the N.S.A.’s allegations that he never filed a formal complaint (and directly challenges it to deny he contacted internal oversight); about why he’s not a spy; about what he calls the “post-terror generation”’s views on defending the Constitution; about the crucial ways in which he differs from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; about his amusement at being labeled a right-winger; and more. Among the highlights of Snowden’s response: Snowden challenges allegations that he never filed a formal complaint about the N.S.A. to internal oversight and compliance bodies: N.S.A. deputy director Rick Ledgett, who led the internal investigation of Snowden, claimed Snowden made no formal complaints. And if he complained personally to anyone, Ledgett tells Vanity Fair, he or she has not acknowledged it. “I know exactly how many documents I have,” Snowden continues. Why he admires WikiLeaks: “They run toward the risks everyone else runs away from.

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