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Edward Snowden: All Criminal Charges Should Be Dropped, Votes EU Parliament

Edward Snowden: All Criminal Charges Should Be Dropped, Votes EU Parliament

In a very close vote, the EU Parliament has decided to recommend member states drop any and all charges against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The body called on countries to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights …

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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter

Edward Snowden Joins Twitter

With a “Can you hear me now”, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined Twitter. “I used to work for the government, Now I work for the public,” reads his bio. Can you hear me now? — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 He’s already making some high-profile Twitter buddies: .@neiltyson Surveillance never sleeps, and secret projects @FreedomofPress are keeping me …

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Edward Snowden Crayfish Now Exists, Thanks to Admiring Scientist

Edward Snowden Crayfish Now Exists, Thanks to Admiring Scientist

Edward Snowden doesn’t have many fans in the US government, but he certainly has one in the research community. A German researcher named Christian Lukhaup discovered a new species of crayfish (crawdad, crawfish). It lives in freshwater tributary creeks to the Oinsok River, Sawiat District in the central part of the Kepala Burung Peninsula in West Papau, Indonesia. It’s a …

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Edward Snowden Vetters Settle Fraud Case with DOJ

The contractor tasked with performing background checks for the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been fined $30 million for not really completing their background checks. U.S. Investigations Services Inc. (USIS) will forego the money, which they were to collect from the OPM, after “failing to perform required quality control reviews on contracts for background investigations.” Specifically: The government …

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The White House Just Responded to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition – Two Years Later

It only took two years, but the White House has finally gotten around to providing a response to a petition asking for the pardon of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Official answer: nope. “As the President said in announcing recent intelligence reforms, ‘We have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the world, …

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‘Snowden’ Trailer Shows “One Nation, Under Surveillance”

The first official teaser for Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden movie just hit the web. The film, simply titled Snowden, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former NSA contractor and whistleblower. The film is based on two different books, to which Stone acquired the rights – The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, by journalist Luke Harding …

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Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on …

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Google Maps Exposes Snowden’s Snow Den Inside the White House

One minute he’s in Russia – the next he’s set up shop inside The White House. This Edward Snowden sure is a character. If you check out the White House on Google Maps right now, you’ll see an interesting listing nestled between the Rose Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. Tucked inside the front of the Presidential home is a …

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Edward Snowden on Your Laughably Bad Passwords

“The best advice here is to shift your thinking from passwords to passphrases. Think about a common phrase that works for you that’s too long to brute force and also make them unlikely to be in the dictionary,” says American living in exile Edward Snowden. The famed NSA contractor who exposed America’s massive surveillance empire sat down with HBO’s John …

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Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Start Filming ‘Snowden’

Shailene Woodley and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were both spotted on location in Washington, D.C. on Monday, when filming began for Snowden. The biopic stars Gordon-Levitt as SNA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Shailene Woodley plays his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills. Edward Snowden first made headlines back in 2013 for releasing documents detailing two NSA surveillance programs that were authorized by Congress. He strongly believed …

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Shailene Woodley Uses a Surprising Source as Her Go-to Lipstick

Shailene Woodley says she uses a surprising source to keep her lips looking luscious. The actress is known to be a health nut, using all-natural products as part of her nutrition plan, as well as a source for her beauty secrets, some of which are, well, quite surprising. For example, she has been on record saying she used Vitamin D …

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John Oliver, Edward Snowden Talk Surveillance, Hot Pockets, Dick Pics

On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, HBO’s John Oliver took a long, hilarious, but ultimately frightening look into the Patriot Act, government surveillance, and the man who revealed it all a couple summers ago – Edward Snowden. But the show wasn’t your typical show. Oliver actually flew to Russia to conduct an interview with the former NSA contractor. Oliver offered a …

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People Aren’t That Concerned About Government Surveillance, Even Post Snowden

Pew has just published a new report on Americans and how they protect their privacy in the post-Edward Snowden era. Long story short – most don’t do much of anything to even attempt to keep out the prying government eyes. Most people have heard at least something about Edward Snowden’s leaks, and the massive government surveillance programs he exposed to …

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Here’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden

Today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted the very first photo of him as NSA leaker Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film Snowden. Filming has just begun on the project. “I was surprised when I first learned this about Snowden–that he enlisted in the US Army in 2004. He wanted to go fight in Iraq, but during basic training at Fort Benning, …

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Edward Snowden: I Wish I Would Have Come Forward Sooner

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is currently doing a reddit AMA with journalist Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the filmmaker who just won an Oscar for her Snowden documentary Citizenfour. Apart from some technical difficulties (mods accidentally banning his primary account), Snowden is giving some pretty thorough answers to users’ questions. Here are some of the best: TheJackal8: Mr. Snowden, if …

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Edward Snowden Movie Casts Nicolas Cage, Sets Premiere Date

At Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony, the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour took home a statue for best documentary feature film. But the Edward Snowden story is also getting a dramatic retelling, as Oliver Stone is currently working on a film. Today, we have some new info on the film – including a new casting decision. According to Variety, Nicolas Cage has …

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Snowden in Oliver Stone Film

Back in September it was rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been offered the role of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in an upcoming Oliver Stone film. Now, the news has been confirmed. Speaking to Russian new site RIA Novosti, Oliver Stone said that the part will indeed be played by Gordon-Levitt, who he called “a very good actor, popular with the …

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Joseph Gordon Levitt Reportedly Offered Edward Snowden Role

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s, tentatively titled, The Snowden Files. Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence analyst, released more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. A Variety source claims that Stone offered Gordon-Levitt the lead role, and he accepted it. However, they are still …

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Edward Snowden Granted More Time in Russia

Edward Snowden is likely staying in Russia for the foreseeable future. The 31-year-old former NSA analyst, who famously leaked (and continues to leak) documents and anecdotes about the US government’s massive surveillance initiative, has been granted a three-year residence permit in Russia, according to the AFP. Shortly after The Guardian published leaked documents obtained by Snowden during his stint as …

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Chelsea Manning to Begin Gender Treatments

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, born Bradley Edward Manning, the United States Army soldier convicted last July of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, is set to start a basic treatment for her gender identity condition. Manning was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment after being found guilty of 17 espionage-related charges, and is eligible for parole after eight years served. …

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The NSA Is Getting Off on Your Sexts, Says Snowden

According to NSA leaker and current resident of Russia Edward Snowden, the lovely folks at the NSA are intercepting your naked selfies and passing them around the office like adolescent boys – you know, because of course they are. Snowden recently sat down to talk to The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger in Russia, and a sneak peek of the conversation just …

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Angela Merkel Calls U.S. Spying Allegation ‘Serious’

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said in a news conference in Beijing Monday that if allegations that a German man had been working as a double agent for the U.S. are true, “it would be a serious case.” According to intelligence sources, a 31-year-old employee of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency admitted to slipping classified documents to a U.S. contact. …

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Edward Snowden On Vindication: I Can Sleep At Night

Edward Snowden remains a highly divisive figure in the American political and social landscape following his decision to leak thousands of highly classified documents to the international press in June of 2013. Some argue that Snowden’s actions exposed the dangerous levels of overreach the United States government—a government that Snowden demonstrated is spying on its own citizens—has engaged in following …

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Post Snowden, Tech Companies Are Much More Transparent and Protective of User Privacy

In May of 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published their third-ever “Who Has Your Back” report, which looks at major tech companies and how they stack up when it comes to protecting user data and privacy. In the six criteria the EFF uses to judge each company, only two received perfect six-star ratings. Many top companies, like Apple and Yahoo, …

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Edward Snowden Story Coming to Silver Screen as Sony Buys Rights to New Glenn Greenwald Book

One of the most compelling, and still unfolding stories in years will hit the silver screen in the coming years, as reporter Glenn Greenwald’s just-published book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U. S. Surveillance State, has been picked up by Sony Pictures. “Edward Snowden’s explosive revelations have raised important questions about the role of government …

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NSA MYSTIC Can Listen To Any Call, Anywhere

Contrary to what many news outlets have been saying, and many experts have been assuring Americans of, the National Security Agency does indeed have the ability to pull up the entire audio of your phone calls and listen to them whenever they please. When news of the MYSTIC and RETRO programs first broke, thanks to the leaks of Edward Snowden, …

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‘Enemies of the Internet’ List Now Features US Agency for the First Time

Operating behind its “wall of secrecy,” the National Security Agency has been put on one watchdog’s list of ‘Enemies of the Internet.’ “Identifying government units or agencies rather than entire governments as Enemies of the Internet allows us to draw attention to the schizophrenic attitude towards online freedoms that prevails in in some countries. Three of the government bodies designated …

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Edward Snowden Appears At SXSW; Calls For Better Online Security Measures

In a rare public appearance, fugitive and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the audience of the SXSW conference regarding Internet privacy and surveillance. The conference, which was held on Monday in Austin, Texas, put the controversial U.S. intelligence leaker through via Google Hangouts all the way from Russia, where Snowden currently resides. The U.S. Constitution backdrop gave a …

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