When Edward Snowden met journalists in his cramped room in Hong Kong’s Mira hotel in June, his mission was ambitious. Amid the clutter of laundry, meal trays and his four laptops, he wanted to start a debate about mass surveillance. He succeeded beyond anything the journalists or Snowden himself ever imagined. His disclosures about the […]

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National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wrote an open letter to the people of Brazil published in a Brazilian newspaper on Tuesday. In the letter, he said he would be willing to help the country investigate NSA spying on its soil in exchange for political asylum. Brazil, including President Dilma Rousseff, has been a major […]

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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security need to gain a sense of humor, according to a new court ruling. In 2011, both the NSA and DHS insisted that people could not sell shirts, mugs and other paraphernalia parodying the government agencies through the website Zazzle. They threatened to sue the website […]

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FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: apus011269 Though Edward Snowden says he raised Constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, White House officials say an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials. “The appropriate authorities have searched for additional […]

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The NSA whistleblower said in an interview on BBC Panorama to be broadcast on Monday night that the US justice department has made no effort to contact Edward Snowden to discuss a plea deal that would see him return from exile in Russia. Snowden, who is wanted under the Espionage Act after leaking tens of […]

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The world’s most wanted man responds to his high-profile critics. — UpFront is a new series on Al Jazeera, With the thrust and parry of rigorous debate, Mehdi Hasan cuts through the headlines to challenge conventional wisdom, highlight contradictions and uncover double standards. More from UpFront on: YouTube – http://aje.io/UpFrontYT Facebook – http://facebook.com/ajUpFront Twitter – […]

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Though Edward Snowden says he raised Constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, White House officials say an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials. “The appropriate authorities have searched for additional indications of outreach from Mr. Snowden in […]

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POOL 1. Various of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama arriving at news conference 2. SOUNDBITE (German) Angela Merkel, German Chancellor: “When the US President Barack Obama speaks at the Brandenburg Gate today, he will be speaking at an open gate. Other presidents had to ask the Berlin Wall to come down. […]

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POOL 1. Wide view of National Security Agency Director, General Keith Alexander, entering hearing room 2. Cutaway wide of hearing room 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) US Army General Keith Alexander, Director, National Security Agency: “It is a testament to the ongoing teamwork of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security […]

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SHOTLIST POOL 1. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arriving to address the press 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President “We had extensive conversations with President Karzai, both before and after the Taliban opened the office in Doha. As I think has been reported, there were some concerns about the manner […]

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Four former U.S. government officials who met former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden said on Thursday that he’s adjusting to life in Russia and has no regrets about leaking highly classified information. Coleen Rowley, Raymond McGovern, Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake have all criticised their previous employers in the US government and in […]

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. has great respect for its partners and allies. The defense leader was asked during an appearance at the Pentagon about allegations the National Security Agency has spied on some foreign leaders and citizens. “I don’t discuss conversations I have in National Security Council meetings. I certainly don’t […]

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