NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden
By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014
On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.
By Keith Jones, 4 February 2014
The CSEC has declared it has the unfettered right to systematically collect and analyze the metadata from Canadians’ electronic communications.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014
The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.
By Eric London, 3 February 2014
By appointing Admiral Michael Rogers to head the NSA, President Obama will further entrench and expand the unconstitutional police state apparatus.
By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014
Among those who attacked Snowden this week was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who, as a result of the NSA leaks, has been shown to have committed perjury.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014
Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014
New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.
New report reveals
By Eric London, 28 January 2014
New revelations from Edward Snowden show that the US and UK governments are trawling data from cellphone users' "apps" to obtain detailed information on their private lives.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014
German television’s broadcast of the first extended on-air interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden was largely blacked out by the US media.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014
Those threatening to kill Snowden are themselves guilty of the massive crimes that have been exposed by the former NSA contractor.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014
“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.
By Eric London, 27 January 2014
A report published by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board reflects official fears that the spying programs are generating deep opposition amongst the public.
By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2014
Julie Bishop’s statements point to Australian imperialism’s role as the junior partner of the United States.
By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2014
In the wake of Obama’s speech on NSA spying programs, the American political establishment is escalating its witch-hunt of whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.
By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014
Leading congressmen of both parties have applauded the speech Obama gave Friday defending mass spying by the National Security Agency.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014
The real content of Obama’s “reform” of the NSA was made clear Sunday when politicians of both parties followed his lead and renewed the witch-hunt of Edward Snowden.
20 January 2014
SEP (Canada) National Secretary Keith Jones will speak Thursday, January 23 on the implications of the global police-state spying operations.
By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014
As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.
By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 18 January 2014
The Canadian state’s principal spy agencies have been found by a senior federal judge to have “systematically” omitted and concealed information in numerous warrant applications
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014
The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014
The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014
The Obama administration is not willing to forgo its spying on German government officials and extensive monitoring activities in Germany.
By Eric London, 13 January 2014
The pseudo-legal arguments used by the Obama administration to prevent the disclosure of state surveillance programs demonstrate the hostility of the political establishment to the democratic rights enumerated in the US Constitution.
By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014
In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.
By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2014
The declaration that “Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons” should be read as a confirmation of the unlimited scope of the NSA’s spying operations.
By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2014
A three-judge panel, including a new Obama appointee, agreed to keep secret the government’s legal rationale for the collection of consumer telephone data.
By Eric London, 4 January 2014
The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013
Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.
By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013
US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.
By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013
The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.
By Mike Head, 30 December 2013
The inquiry is about updating and boosting the powers of the security apparatus.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013
The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”
By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013
The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.
By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013
Canada’s foreign minister has called on US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities and face prosecution—action that Baird knows full well could result in Snowden being executed for treason.
By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2013
East Timor has asked the court to rule that the seizure of legal documents by Australia’s spy agency violated the country’s sovereignty and breached international law.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013
President Obama used an end-of-the-year press conference to deliver an Orwellian defense of the massive spying operations of the National Security Agency.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013
The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013
In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013
The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.
By John Burton, 17 December 2013
A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”
By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013
A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013
The new documents were released as the European Union agreed to allow Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link to its committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.
By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 14 December 2013
A top-secret US National Security Agency (NSA) memo leaked by Edward Snowden provides evidence of the extent to which the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) functions as an intimate partner of the NSA.
By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013
Revelations that US police agencies work with phone companies to spy on calls and track movements follow reports that the NSA collects billions of phone records daily.
By Dylan Lubao, 10 December 2013
Under legislation now before parliament, Canada’s Conservative government is seeking to greatly expand the state’s power to spy on Canadians’ use of the Internet, including authorizing warrantless investigations of Internet activity.
By Mike Head, 5 December 2013
The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.
By Eric London, 5 December 2013
New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.
By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013
British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.
By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 3 December 2013
With the support of the Communications Security Establishment Canada, the NSA spied on the 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Ontario, Canada.
By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013
Under the banner of the so-called war on terror, the mainstream media has embraced its role as an effective auxiliary arm of the state.
By Mike Head, 3 December 2013
The leaked document shows that the Australian Signals Directorate monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 November 2013
Evidence of espionage will form part of Timor’s efforts to revise a treaty sanctioning Australia’s unlawful claim to lucrative oil and gas revenues.
By our reporters, 29 November 2013
WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.
By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2013
Based on information supplied by Edward Snowden, it is clear that the US government and its global partners are the primary distributors of malware in the world.
By Mike Head, 27 November 2013
President Yudhoyono’s announcement came amid sharply rising strategic tensions across region triggered by the US “pivot” to Asia.
By John Burton, 26 November 2013
Administration lawyers used the standard “war on terror” pretext to justify the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States.
By Tom Carter, 26 November 2013
An NSA strategy document envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
By Will Morrow, 25 November 2013
The ABC faces the threat of a witch-hunt similar to that waged in Britain against the Guardian.
By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013
Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.
By Eric London, 22 November 2013
Competing bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks seek to codify NSA surveillance programs as the ruling elite prepares for popular opposition to its policies.
By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2013
Indonesia’s government has already recalled its ambassador to Canberra and is threatening to downgrade diplomatic and intelligence-sharing arrangements.
19 November 2013
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the UK are holding a series of meetings in defence of Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 November 2013
The Indian government’s failure to lodge any official protest against US National Security Agency operations targeting Indian officials and diplomatic missions has drawn critical comment even from sections of India’s right-wing press.
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2013
The British government is stepping up attacks on the Guardian newspaper for its publishing of revelations of mass surveillance by US and UK spy agencies.
By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2013
The percentage of Germans who consider the United States to be a reliable partner has fallen from 50 percent in July to just 35 percent today.
By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2013
At the High Court, every attempt was made to slur whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a criminal and to tar journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2013
The report of the CIA-AT&T operation exposes a new layer of state-corporate spying that overlaps with massive NSA electronic surveillance of the population.
By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2013
The first-ever parliamentary questioning of the chiefs of all three security and intelligence services was an exercise in slavish adoration.
By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2013
The US administration has responded to the spying revelations by insisting that the programs will go forward, and intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2013
The capitalist oligarchy, terrified of popular opposition to attacks on democratic rights and its policies of obscene self-enrichment, sees press freedom as an unacceptable threat.
By Peter Symonds, 6 November 2013
Indonesia’s foreign minister questioned intelligence sharing arrangements with Canberra following revelations of electronic spying from the Australian and US embassies in Jakarta.
By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2013
The NSA surveillance operations are seamlessly connected to US preparations for cyber-war and military conflict against China.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2013
The issue of the basic democratic right to asylum plays an entirely subordinate role in the debate in Germany on the plight of Edward Snowden.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2013
The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization of Edward Snowden and his supporters.
By Alejandro López, 4 November 2013
Reports based on documents provided by Edward Snowden show that European intelligence agencies have also set up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2013
Underlying the crisis over the latest NSA revelations is a deep fear within the ruling elite over the political consequences of exposures of its global spying apparatus.
By Chris Marsden, 2 November 2013
Following UK Prime Minister David Cameron's threats against the Guardian this week, further parliamentary debate has made clear that the three main parties are intent on suppressing evidence of mass surveillance.
By Ulrich Rippert, 2 November 2013
In a statement presented Friday by German Green Party parliamentary deputy Hans-Christian Ströbele, Snowden said he had “witnessed systemic violations of law by my government that created a moral duty to act.”
By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 2 November 2013
In partnership with the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Canadian state’s eavesdropping agency conducts covert spying operations against foreign governments and diplomatic missions using clandestine listening posts housed in Canadian embassies and consulates.
By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013
The Left Party has joined official German and international political circles calling for a strengthening of Germany’s counter-intelligence capacities.
By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013
The latest NSA leaks have exposed US and Australian listening posts in diplomatic missions throughout Asia.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 November 2013
High-ranking German and European politicians are currently flocking to Washington in an attempt to limit the effects of the NSA bugging scandal.
By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2013
The latest report on NSA surveillance shatters claims by the Obama administration and American legislators that US agencies respect privacy rights and operate under strict legal oversight.
By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 31 October 2013
EU officials rejected NSA chief General Keith Alexander’s claims that the NSA relied entirely on European intelligence agencies to carry out its espionage operations.
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 October 2013
It appears that the Obama administration intervened to ensure that Beijing cannot cut across its surveillance operations in Australia.
By Barry Grey, 30 October 2013
The hearing was jointly staged by the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democrat to provide a platform for Clapper and Alexander to defend their spy agencies.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2013
Over the course of the past week, the Obama administration has been rocked by an escalating international diplomatic scandal sparked by a new series of revelations from Edward Snowden.
Amid new revelations of NSA spying on Europe
By Ulrich Rippert, 29 October 2013
The NSA reportedly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in December alone.
By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2013
Alexander’s statements underscore the prevalence within the highest echelons of the American state of a police state mentality that is utterly hostile to any conception of democratic rights.
By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2013
The surveillance is aimed above all at working populations in North America and Europe, where there is rising anger over the imperialist wars and social cuts demanded by the ruling class.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013
The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 October 2013
The German foreign minister officially summoned the US ambassador to answer charges that the NSA bugged the chancellor's cell phone.
By Robert Stevens, 25 October 2013
Tuesday’s parliamentary debate over the Guardian’s publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass state surveillance was used to threaten the newspaper with prosecution.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 October 2013
Documents obtained by Le Monde from Edward Snowden expose massive spying operations run by the NSA against US allies.
By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2013
The concerted campaign by the British government to silence the Guardian newspaper, due to its publication of the Edward Snowden revelations, is indicative of the move toward dictatorial forms of rule by the ruling elite.
By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2013
Australian spy agencies are directly involved in the “harvesting” of millions of email address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 October 2013
New documents released by Edward Snowden detail the NSA’s central role in locating targets for CIA drone strikes.
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2013
Labor’s response to Edward Snowden’s revelations was to stonewall while pushing to give Australian intelligence agencies wider powers.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 October 2013
New documents released by Edward Snowden have exposed yet another aspect of the US government's vast surveillance operations.