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Jun 17, 2013

Snowden rejects suggestions he is a spy for China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government’s top-secret surveillance programs, fought back against his critics on Monday and denied allegations that he was a spy for China.

Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he revealed the programs in part out of disappointment with President Barack Obama, who he said had expanded “abusive” government programs while in office.

Jun 12, 2013

Snowden says he will stay in Hong Kong and fight extradition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Security Agency contractor who revealed the government’s top-secret monitoring of phone and Internet data says he intends to stay in Hong Kong and fight any effort to bring him back to the United States to face charges.

Edward Snowden, in his first public comments since he dropped out of view in Hong Kong on Monday, said he did not travel to the former British colony to avoid punishment for leaking details of the surveillance program.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. reviews security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
launched an internal review of the potential damage to national
security from leaks about U.S. surveillance efforts, as a group
of senators and technology companies on Tuesday pushed the
government to be more open about the top-secret programs.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the review will be
separate from a criminal investigation by the Justice Department
into Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security
Agency’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from
big companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc
.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. government weighs security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The National Security Agency
contractor who leaked top-secret details of U.S. surveillance
programs remained out of sight on Tuesday as the Obama
administration launched an internal review of the potential
damage to national security by the disclosures.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the review will be
separate from a criminal investigation by the Justice Department
into Edward Snowden’s disclosures of the NSA’s broad monitoring
of phone call and Internet data from big companies such as
Google and Facebook.

Jun 11, 2013

Contractor who leaked NSA files drops out of sight, faces legal battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A contractor at the National Security Agency who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance programs dropped out of sight in Hong Kong on Monday ahead of a likely push by the U.S. government to have him sent back to the United States to face charges.

Edward Snowden, 29, who provided the information for published reports last week that revealed the NSA’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook, checked out of his Hong Kong hotel hours after going public in a video released on Sunday by Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Jun 10, 2013

U.S. contractor who leaked NSA files drops out of sight, faces legal battle

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – A contractor at the National
Security Agency who leaked details of top-secret U.S.
surveillance programs dropped out of sight in Hong Kong on
Monday ahead of a likely push by the U.S. government to have him
sent back to the United States to face charges.

Edward Snowden, 29, who provided the information for
published reports last week that revealed the NSA’s broad
monitoring of phone call and Internet data from large companies
such as Google and Facebook, checked out of his Hong Kong hotel
hours after going public in a video released on Sunday by
Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Jun 10, 2013

U.S. whistleblower drops out of sight, faces legal battle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A contractor at the National Security Agency who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance programs dropped out of sight in Hong Kong on Monday, ahead of a likely push by the U.S. government to have him sent back to the United States to face charges.

Edward Snowden, 29, who provided the information for published reports last week that revealed the NSA’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook, checked out of his Hong Kong hotel hours after going public in a video released on Sunday.

Jun 7, 2013

Reports on U.S. surveillance of Americans fuel debate over privacy, security

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – The debate over whether the
U.S. government is violating citizens’ privacy rights while
trying to protect them from terrorism escalated dramatically on
Thursday amid reports that authorities have collected data on
millions of phone users and tapped into servers at nine internet
companies.

The White House spent much of the day defending the National
Security Agency’s secret collection of telephone records from
millions of Americans as a “critical tool” for preventing
attacks, as critics called the program – first reported by
Britain’s Guardian newspaper – a heavy-handed move that raised
new questions about the extent of the U.S. government’s spying
on its citizens.

Jun 6, 2013

Obama administration defends massive phone record collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday defended its collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans as part of U.S. counterterrorism efforts, re-igniting a fierce debate over privacy even as it called the program critical to warding off an attack.

The admission came after Britain’s Guardian newspaper published on Wednesday a secret court order authorizing the collection of phone records generated by millions of Verizon Communications customers.

Jun 4, 2013

Gallup to alter polling methods after misfire on 2012 U.S. election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gallup, one of the world’s most prominent polling groups, said on Tuesday it would adjust some of its survey methods after drawing criticism for inaccurately forecasting that Republican Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election.

Gallup officials said a review found four factors that contributed to a final 2012 pre-election poll that badly underestimated support for President Barack Obama, who won the popular vote by almost 4 percentage points. The final Gallup poll, taken just before the November 6 election, showed Romney with a 1-point lead.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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