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Jun 10, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme to protect world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency said he was the source who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world.”

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

Jun 10, 2013

Ex-CIA man says exposed spy scheme for better world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency revealed in an interview published on Sunday it was he who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, acting out of conscience to protect “basic liberties for people around the world.”

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, 29, said he had thought long and hard before publicizing details of an NSA program code-named PRISM, saying he had done so because he felt the United States was building an unaccountable and secret espionage machine that spied on every American.

Jun 9, 2013

U.S. spy agency seeks criminal probe into leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. intelligence agency requested a criminal probe on Saturday into the leak of highly classified information about secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, a spokesman for the intelligence chief’s office said.

Confirmation that the NSA filed a “crimes report” came a few hours after the nation’s spy chief, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper launched an aggressive defense of a secret government data collection program.

Jun 8, 2013

Spy chief strongly defends surveillance, calls it legal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. intelligence official launched an aggressive defense on Saturday of a secret government data collection program, blasting what he called “reckless disclosures” of a highly classified spy agency project code-named PRISM.

While acknowledging PRISM’s existence by name for the first time, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it had been mischaracterized by the media. The project is legal, not aimed at U.S. citizens and has thwarted threats against the country, he said.

Jun 8, 2013

Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday.

The law enforcement and security officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the agencies that normally conduct such investigations, including the FBI and Justice Department, were expecting a probe into the leaks to a British and an American newspaper.

Jun 8, 2013

U.S. likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks -officials

WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into
the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the
secret surveillance of Americans’ telephone and email traffic,
U.S. officials said on Friday.

The law enforcement and security officials, who were not
authorized to speak publicly, said the agencies that normally
conduct such investigations, including the FBI and Justice
Department, were expecting a probe into the leaks to a British
and an American newspaper.

Jun 7, 2013

U.S. NSA Internet spying foiled plot to attack New York subways: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secret U.S. intelligence program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government sources said on Friday.

The sources said Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, was talking about a plot hatched by Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born U.S. resident, when he said on Thursday that such surveillance had helped thwart a significant terrorist plot in recent years.

Jun 7, 2013

U.S. NSA Internet spying foiled plot to attack NY subways -sources

WASHINGTON June 7 (Reuters) – A secret U.S. intelligence
program to collect emails that is at the heart of an uproar over
government surveillance helped foil an Islamist militant plot to
bomb the New York City subway system in 2009, U.S. government
sources said on Friday.

The sources said Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the
House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, was talking
about a plot hatched by Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-born U.S.
resident, when he said on Thursday that such surveillance had
helped thwart a significant terrorist plot in recent years.

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, June 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday defended its collection of a massive amount of
telephone records from at least one carrier as part of U.S.
counterterrorism efforts, re-igniting a debate over privacy even
as it called the practice critical to protecting Americans from
attacks.

The admission came after Britain’s Guardian newspaper
published on Wednesday a secret court order related to the
records of millions of Verizon Communications customers.
The surveillance appears to have involved the phone records of
millions of Americans.