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Oct 18, 2013

NSA delayed anti-leak software at base where Snowden worked -officials

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security
Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software
at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to
work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified
documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last
spring and was assigned to the NSA site as a systems
administrator, other U.S. government facilities had begun to
install software designed to spot attempts by unauthorized
people to access or download data.

Oct 16, 2013

U.S. eavesdropping agency chief, top deputy expected to depart soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The director of the U.S. National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Barack Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency.

Army General Keith Alexander’s eight-year tenure was rocked this year by revelations contained in documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s widespread scooping up of telephone, e-mail and social media data.

Oct 15, 2013

Greenwald exits Guardian for new Omidyar media venture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Glenn Greenwald, who has made headlines around the world with his reporting on U.S. electronic surveillance programs, is leaving the Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, according to people familiar with the matter.

Greenwald, who is based in Brazil and was among the first to report information provided by one-time U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that he was presented with a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity” that he could not pass up.

Oct 15, 2013

Exclusive: Greenwald exits Guardian for new Omidyar media venture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Glenn Greenwald, who has made headlines around the world with his reporting on U.S. electronic surveillance programs, is leaving the Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, according to people familiar with the matter.

Greenwald, who is based in Brazil and was among the first to report information provided by one-time U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday that he was presented with a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity” that he could not pass up.

Oct 15, 2013

Qaeda suspect’s shipboard fast, poor health halted U.S. interrogation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An elite U.S. interrogation team gave up questioning an al-Qaeda militant who was snatched in Libya after he stopped eating and drinking regularly, exacerbating pre-existing health problems, U.S. officials familiar with the matter said.

One official said that U.S. interrogators had little success in extracting intelligence from the suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Liby, before they stopped questioning him while he was detained on board a U.S. Navy ship.

Oct 15, 2013

Qaeda suspect’s shipboard fast brings halt to U.S. interrogation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An elite U.S. interrogation team abandoned its questioning of an al-Qaeda militant who was snatched in Libya after he stopped eating and drinking regularly on board a U.S. Navy ship where he was being held, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said.

As his health deteriorated, U.S. authorities decided to fly the suspect known as Abu Anas al-Liby to New York last weekend, where he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Oct 14, 2013

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces earlier this month has been brought to the United States to face arraignment on federal terrorism charges, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.

Oct 12, 2013

Lawyers say NSA eavesdropping on U.S. citizen may have led to strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence officials may have used National Security Agency data collected by eavesdropping on U.S. citizens or residents to target a Somali militant leader in a lethal missile strike, defense lawyers in a California terrorism-funding case said.

Questions about whether the data may have been collected illegally could fuel fresh controversy over NSA spying on U.S. citizens and residents and the way data it collects is used. Defense lawyers assert there may be legal grounds for a new trial for four men convicted in the case.

Oct 11, 2013

Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong, Russia were a ‘diversion’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The four laptop computers that former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden carried with him to Hong Kong and Moscow were a “diversion” and contained no secrets, according to an ex-CIA official who met with Snowden in Russia this week.

The classified documents that Snowden had downloaded from the U.S. National Security Agency were stored on smaller devices, such as hard drives and thumb drives, and they have not been turned over to the Russian or Chinese authorities, said Ray McGovern, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst.

Oct 7, 2013

Elite U.S. team questions seized al Qaeda leader on Navy ship

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An elite American interrogation team is questioning the senior al Qaeda figure who was seized by special operations forces in Libya and then whisked onto a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name Abu Anas al-Liby, is being held aboard the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship, the officials said.