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Pompeo compares ex-security advisor John Bolton to Edward Snowden

Jun 23, 2020 - 3:43 PM

Mike Pompeo's comments come the night before the release of Bolton's book 'The Room Where It Happened,' which contains many damning allegations against President Donald Trump

BOLTON'S BOOK. In this file photo US President Donald Trump speaks alongside National Security Adviser John Bolton (L) during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 9, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Rappler Talk with Edward Snowden: Journalism’s role when global systems fail

May 18, 2020 - 5:39 PM

Whistleblower and President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Edward Snowden talks about the rolling back of freedoms under pandemic emergency powers

Snowden warns of Web giants' 'irresistible power'

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'The problem is not data protection, it's data collection' and the blind faith that internet users must have in the internet's masters, says whistleblower Ed Snowden

SNOWDEN. US whistleblower Edward Snowden holds a video-conference during the Web Summit in Lisbon on November 4, 2019. Photo by Carlos Costa/AFP

U.S. Justice Department sues Snowden over new book

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden accuses him of violating non-disclosure agreements he signed with the CIA and NSA

PERMANENT RECORD. A copy of the book titled 'Permanent Record' by US former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen next to a Rubik's cube during a video conference on September 17, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP

Edward Snowden eyes French asylum

Sep 14, 2019 - 11:30 PM

To date, more than a dozen countries have turned down requests to take in Edward Snowden

ASYLUM SEEKER. Edward Snowden considers France after Russia. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publishing memoir

Aug 02, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget. Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,' says Edward Snowden

SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks remotely at WIRED25 Festival on October 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

Family who helped Edward Snowden asks Canada for asylum

May 30, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The NGO For the Refugees cites 'humanitarian grounds' in asking Canada to extend the same refugee status it granted Filipina Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana

Lawyer Robert Tibbo (R) embraces Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana as the pair arrive in Canada at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, on March 25, 2019. - Canada has granted asylum to a woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Hong Kong after his leaks exposed US global surveillance programs, a refugee rights association said March 25, 2019. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana were scheduled to arrive in Toronto later Monday on a flight from Hong Kong, the non-profit organization For the Refugees said. They were set to travel to Montreal on Tuesday to settle there as private sector-sponsored refugees. (Photo by Cole BURSTON / AFP)

Locsin thanks Canada for sheltering Filipina 'Snowden refugee'

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

'Thank you, Canada, we owe you big time,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Canada gave asylum status to Filipina Vanessa Rodel

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after she and her daughter Keana arrived in Toronto, Canada, on a flight from Hong Kong, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Filipina who sheltered Snowden fled PH over sexual violence

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Get to know Vanessa Rodel, who obtained asylum status in Canada years after sheltering US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Canada grants asylum to Filipina who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:44 AM

(UPDATED) Vanessa Rodel is among a group who sheltered Edward Snowden, putting him up in her apartment in 2013 while he was in Hong Kong on the run from US authorities

NOW IN CANADA. Lawyer Robert Tibbo (R) embraces Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana as the pair arrive in Canada at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, on March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

European court rules against Britain over mass surveillance

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ruling in the case of Big Brother Watch and Others versus the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the interception of journalistic material also violates the right to freedom of information

Germany drops probe into mass NSA surveillance

Oct 05, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Germany's federal prosecution service says it had ended its inquiry into 'the possible mass collection of telecommunication data of the German population by British and US intelligence services'

SURVEILLANCE. A picture taken on April 3, 2014 in Berlin shows a man carrying files before the first session of the committee of inquiry investigating into the possible data surveillance by British and the US National Security Agency (NSA). Photo by Daniel Naupold/dpa/AFP

Snowden lashes out at Hong Kong for rejecting refugees

May 18, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Someone in the Hong Kong government has decided that they want to make these families disappear immediately no matter the cost Snowden says in a video

SNOWDEN SPEAKS. Edward Snowden appeals for the protection of the refugees who helped him in Hong Kong. Screen shot from YouTube.

Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation – lawyer

May 15, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The impoverished Philippine and Sri Lankan refugees aid the former National Security Agency contractor evade authorities in 2013 by hiding him in their cramped homes after he initiated one of the largest data leaks in US history

REFUGEES FACING DEPORTATION. Lawyer Robert Tibbo (front 2nd L) and his clients, Sri Lankan refugee Supun Thilina Kellapatha (back L), holding his son Danath, his partner Nadeeka (centre R), her daughter Sethumdi (front C) and Filipino refugee Vanessa Rodel (back R), with her daughter Keana (R) meet the press outside the Immigration Tower in Hong Kong on May 15, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WikiLeaks revelations leave CIA heavily bruised

Mar 11, 2017 - 6:15 PM

This is a historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and then stored it all in one place WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says

Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' seek asylum in Canada

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:32 PM

The refugees say they have been specifically asked about their links to Snowden by Hong Kong authorities

Montreal based Canadian lawyers Francis Tourigny (front C) and Marc-Andre Seguin (front R), speak during a press conference attended by their clients, Sri Lankan asylum seekers Kellapatha Supun Thilina (L), Debagma Kankanalamage Ajith Pushpa Kumaralistens (back 2nd L) and Filipino asylum seeker Vanessa Rodel (back R). Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Extradition report is 'speculation' – Snowden's lawyer

Feb 11, 2017 - 6:43 PM

Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden says Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Russia says Snowden can stay till 2020

Jan 18, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Snowden s residence permit has been extended until 2020 ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says

EDWARD SNOWDEN. Edward Snowden speaks via video link at a news conference for the launch of a campaign calling for President Obama to pardon him on September 14, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong refugees protest to call for Snowden pardon

Sep 25, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Around 50 protesters chant Pardon Snowden and We are not criminals as they marched to the US consulate

Legislative lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (center), also known as "Long Hair," speaks outside the US Consulate during a rally organised by Socialist Action and League of Social Democrates calling for a presidential pardon for US whistleblower Edward Snowden and better rights for refugees in Hong Kong on September 25. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP  Activists and refugees staged a protest on September 25 calling for the pardon of US whistleblower Edward Snowden, calling often suppressed refugees in the city ???heroes??? for helping Snowden evade authorities in 2013. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Snowden was a 'disgruntled' employee – House committee report

Sep 16, 2016 - 8:58 AM

UPDATED Edward Snowden is no hero – he s a traitor who willfully betrayed his colleagues and his country says Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes

INVESTIGATION. The US investigated Edward Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant, after he leaked details of Washington's secret Internet and telephone surveillance programs. Photo by The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

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Sep 15, 2016 - 11:08 PM

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Rights groups launch campaign for Snowden pardon

Sep 15, 2016 - 1:50 PM

But the White House quickly said it had no intention of pardoning Snowden

PARDON? Edward Snowden in Russia. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Fugitive Snowden hid among Hong Kong refugees – report

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:00 PM

A report reveals he had been given shelter by the city s 11 000 asylum seekers

An undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Channel 4/AFP

Edward Snowden releases song with Jean-Michel Jarre

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Exit features Snowden discussing digital surveillance to the backdrop of electronic music created by Jarre

'EXIT.' Edward Snowden releases a song with French electronic artist Jean-Michel Jarre. Photo by JAKUB KAMINSKI/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS/EPA

Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:20 AM

His Twitter account @Snowden is certified by the San Francisco based company which has more than 300 million active users worldwide

SNOWDEN ON TWITTER. Images from Edward Snowden's Twitter account.

Snowden attacks Russia rights curbs as 'fundamentally wrong'

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden calls Moscow s restrictions on the web a mistake in policy and fundamentally wrong as he accepted a Norwegian freedom of expression prize by videophone from Russia

File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Empty chair for Snowden prize ceremony

Aug 28, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Norwegian authorities could not guarantee that he could come without the risk of being extradited to the United States an official from the Newth Nouri of the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression says

File photo of Edward Snowden

Journalist rebuts claim that Snowden files breached

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:29 PM

Edward Snowden who has been granted asylum in Russia is being sought by Washington which has branded him a hacker and a traitor

Britain pulls spies as Moscow cracks Snowden files – reports

Jun 14, 2015 - 5:07 PM

The UK s Sunday Times says other government sources claim China has also accessed the documents which reveal US and British intelligence techniques leading to fears that their spies could be identified

SEAT OF POWER. General view of the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, February 6, 2015. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Edward Snowden: World is rejecting mass surveillance

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Snowden: Though we have come a long way the right to privacy – the foundation of the freedoms enshrined in the United States Bill of Rights – remains under threat

SNOWDEN. A recent, undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. AFP PHOTO / CHANNEL 4

US Congress curbs NSA surveillance; Obama signs into law

Jun 03, 2015 - 5:26 AM

UPDATED The US Senate passes landmark legislation that ends the government s bulk telephone data dragnet reining in the most controversial surveillance program since the 9 11 attacks of 2001

FILIBUSTER. Senator Rand Paul (C) speaks to the media after speaking on the Senate Floor on 31 May 2015. The US Senate convened a special session on 31 May afternoon to take up intelligence legislation that includes reforms to the National Security Agency (NSA) just hours before existing legislation is to expire, amid warnings from President Barack Obama and the intelligence community. Photo by Pete Marovich / EPA

Snowden awarded freedom of expression prize in Norway

Jun 03, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Former security contractor Edward Snowden wins a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression and receives yet another invitation to receive the award in person

KEEP OUT. Members and supporters of 'Stop Watching Us' protest against the NSA in Washington DC in 2013. The NSA has been at the center of controversy since fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden began releasing information about its surveillance capabilities and practices. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA

With US Senate in knots, spy provisions expire

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:12 AM

UPDATED Despite the Senate advancing a reform measure the USA Freedom Act it fails to get the Patriot Act over the finish line in time

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US Senate blocks bill that would end bulk data dragnet

May 23, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Efforts to extend the USA Patriot Act are also rejected increasing the prospects that the legal underpinnings of the domestic surveillance program will expire by June 1

NSA HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US agents plotted to find bin Laden via meds – report

May 22, 2015 - 7:48 AM

The supply chain could possibly include International Committee of the Red Cross hospitals It remains unclear if the idea was ever acted on

MEDICINES. Undated file picture of the head of the al-Qaeda terror network Osama bin Laden at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was killed in a raid in Abottabad, Pakistan on May 2, 2011. AFP FILE PHOTO

US House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection

May 14, 2015 - 9:51 AM

The USA Freedom Act is seen as a big win for privacy and civil rights advocates

INTEL HQ. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Snowden warns US still intercepts intimate emails

Apr 06, 2015 - 11:11 PM

The good news is that there s no program named the dick pic program The bad news: they are still collecting everybody s information – including your dick pics Snowden says

RARE APPEARANCE. File photo of Edward Snowden from Wikileaks

Researchers find way to hack BIOS chips

Mar 23, 2015 - 3:32 PM

A BIOS chip boots a computer and helps load the operating system on your computer Once it is hacked someone could potentially plant malware into it

CIA worked to break Apple encryption – report

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:48 PM

Documents the report was based on did not reveal how successful the spy efforts were but at least suggest a long effort to thwart encryption

MACBOOK. Journalists test the new Apple MacBook after the presentation of the new Apple Watch in San Francisco was broadcast on a screen in the Apple Store in Berlin, Germany, 09 March 2015. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Snowden leaks: NZ spying on Indonesia, Pacific neighbors

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:17 AM

They take every single phone call every single email and they go straight off into databases

An undated handout picture received from Channel 4 on December 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Photo from AFP

Snowden filmmaker says US surveillance 'out of control'

Feb 14, 2015 - 3:45 PM

US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras believes Edward Snowden s revelations helped to boost awareness of what the government is doing to collect information and the risk they are posing

ON US SURVEILLANCE. For three years, US journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras has been working on her documentary film 'Citizenfour' about US whistleblower Edward Snowden. File photo by Britta Pedersen/EPA

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Jan 20, 2015 - 7:27 PM

Pope Francis says Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits The one percent will control more than half of the world’s wealth in 2016 Pacquiao gives Mayweather a deadline

British spy agency tapped journalists' emails – report

Jan 20, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The emails were among 70 000 gathered in less than 10 minutes in 2008 by the spy agency

The offices of the Guardian newspaper in London, England, 20 August 2013. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

German parties lose court bid to quiz Snowden in Berlin

Dec 12, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The Federal Constitutional Court says that it did not have jurisdiction in the case brought by the Greens and Left parties in October against the government and the parliamentary committee conducting the investigation

REJECTED. Germany’s top court rejects a bid by leftist opposition parties to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as a witness in a parliamentary probe of US intelligence activities. File photo by AFP/Wikileaks

Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Russia: film

Oct 11, 2014 - 10:28 PM

The film Citizenfour by Laura Poitras says Snowden s long time partner Lindsay Mills joined him in Moscow in July

SNOWDEN. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks during a video sent to be seen during the Henri Nannen Prize ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 16 May 2014. The Henri Nannen Prize awards for quality journalism will be awarded for the tenth time in this edition. Axel Heimken/EPA

Snowden, Pope tipped for Nobel peace prize

Oct 08, 2014 - 6:04 PM

Predicting the winner is even harder than usual this year as the Nobel committee is picking from a record 278 candidates

PEACE PRIZE. This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

Nobel season opens with Snowden, chili research spicing up predictions

Oct 06, 2014 - 11:49 AM

While the Nobel week begins with three science prizes most of the speculation surround the coveted peace prize to be announced Friday October 10

This picture taken on December 10, 2010 shows the front of the Nobel medal awarded to the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2010, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo. Berit Roald/Scanpix/AFP

US whistleblower Snowden wins Swedish rights prize

Sep 24, 2014 - 10:43 PM

As an honorary award winner Snowden would not receive the prize money but the foundation said it would fund legal support for him

US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over surveillance

Sep 12, 2014 - 8:28 AM

At one point the US government threatened an imposition of US 250 000 a day if Yahoo refused to comply with the government s requests

TRANSPARENCY. Background image from Wikipedia.

Turkey summons US envoy over Snowden spying claims

Sep 01, 2014 - 7:01 PM

The reported aim is to glean information about the strategic intentions of the Turkish leadership under Recep Tayyip Erdogan who was inaugurated as president after over a decade as prime minister