Lawyer for Edward Snowden: Positive Developments in Switzerland But Issues Still Remain

By: Friday September 12, 2014 8:35 pm

The attorney general of Switzerland did a review of whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden would have to be extradited to the United States if he came to the country to testify as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance. He concluded that Snowden would be safe from extradition, however, “upper-level government commitments” might [...]

Congress Members and Staffers Blocked from Accessing Website for ‘Hackers on Planet Earth’ (#HopeX) Conference

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 10:41 am

Congress members and their staffers are blocked from accessing the website for the annual Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, according to a screen shot Firedoglake obtained. A staffer in Congress tried to access the website on July 28, more than a week after the tenth annual conference was held, and got a screen indicating [...]

At HOPE X Conference, Protecting and Supporting Dissenters is at Forefront of Many Presentations

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 11:50 am

The tenth Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference has been organized around supporting dissenters, especially how to support hackers or hacktivists who are targeted by the government. A number of talks highlighting the government’s targeting of hackers and the nexus this has with the government’s war on whistleblowers were held on July 18 in [...]

NSA Whistleblowers Testify on ‘Totalitarian Mentality’ of NSA at German Parliamentary Committee Hearing

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 4:39 pm

National Security Agency whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake testified before a German parliamentary committee as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany. According to Deutsche Welle, Binney argued that the NSA had abandoned nearly all rule of law principles. It now has a “totalitarian mentality” and wants “total information control.” He called [...]

NSA Whistleblowers to Testify Before German Parliamentary Committee in July

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:31 am

National Security Agency whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney will testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3. They both will give testimony as part of an inquiry into details of NSA surveillance in Germany, which have been revealed through news stories based upon documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. German parliamentary members had [...]

Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:04 pm

In the midst of a thirty-month prison sentence at the federal correctional institution of Loretto Pennsylvania, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou has written a letter where he reports that his children were told they had to leave the visitors room because it was “overcrowded.” Kiriakou immediately saw this as an act of retaliation [...]

Snowden: 2013 Was Year People From Indianapolis to Indonesia Realized Dragnet Surveillance No Mark of Progress

By: Thursday December 12, 2013 7:16 pm

One hundred individuals named “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013″ by Foreign Policy magazine were honored last night at a reception event in Washington, DC. Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden was designated by the magazine as one of this year’s leading thinkers on the issue of surveillance. Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, advocate and [...]

TIME’s Repellent Presentation of Snowden’s Whistleblowing as ‘Most Spectacular Heist’ in ‘History of Spycraft’

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 4:41 pm

In 2002, TIME Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” were “The Whistleblowers.” Three women were described as “heroes at the scene, anointed by circumstance” and “people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly–which means ferociously, with eyes open and with the bravery the rest of us always hope we have and may never know [...]

The New York Times is Responsible for Misperception Edward Snowden Sought Clemency

By: Monday November 4, 2013 7:35 pm

(update below)  In the past twenty-four hours, there has been quite a bit of discussion about remarks from the White House and two members of Congress addressing whether or not former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden deserves clemency for releasing classified documents to journalists, who have written numerous stories exposing the true nature of [...]

National Security Whistleblowers Testify Before European Parliamentary Committee on US, UK Surveillance

By: Monday September 30, 2013 5:13 pm

A civil liberties committee in the European Parliament heard testimony from national security whistleblowers from both the United States and United Kingdom. The testimony was part of a committee inquiry into alleged spying by the US and European Union countries that was exposed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The committee, chaired by Sophie [...]

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