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Over the last three weeks, several Twitter users have been detained by Venezuelan authorities for making online comments that police allege tie them to the murder of 27-year-old Socialist Party deputy Robert Serra, who was stabbed to death in his home on Oct. 1, 2014.

Serra’s assassination shook the country’s increasingly embattled political leadership and further stoked the already-high tensions between authorities and opposition party members. Although two men, both reportedly Serra’s bodyguards, have been detained as suspects in his killing, numerous other citizens have been detained in connection with the incident. [Read more]

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One of the most accidentally revealing media accounts highlighting the real meaning of “democracy” in U.S. discourse is a still-remarkable 2002 New York Times Editorial on the U.S.-backed military coup in Venezuela, which temporarily removed that country’s democratically elected (and very popular) president, Hugo Chávez. Rather than describe that coup as what it was by definition – a direct attack on democracy by a foreign power and domestic military which disliked the popularly elected president – the Times, in the most Orwellian fashion imaginable, literally celebrated the coup as a victory for democracy:

With yesterday’s resignation of President Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator. Mr. Chávez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona. [Read more]

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The Coat of arms of Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Three Venezuelan diplomats were ordered out of the United States on Tuesday in response to their government’s decision to boot three U.S. officials from Venezuela, including the highest-ranking U.S. envoy in the country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of U.S. charge d’affaires Kelly Keiderling and two other diplomats Monday, accusing them of conspiring with “the extreme right” to sabotage the South American country’s economy and power grid. [Read the full article]

kindergarten is fun

As Washington loses its grip on the world, defied by Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and now Russia, the US government resorts to public temper tantrums. The constant demonstration of childishness on the part of the White House and Congress embarrasses every American.

Washington’s latest outburst of childish behavior is a response to the Russian Immigration Service granting US whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in Russia for one year while his request for permanent asylum is considered. Washington, having turned the US into a lawless state, no longer has any conception of legal procedure. Law is whatever serves Washington. As Washington sees it, law is nothing but Washington’s will. Any person or country that interferes with Washington’s will is behaving unlawfully. [Read the full article]

State flag of Venezuela.

State flag of Venezuela. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demanded the United States apologize on Thursday after the Obama administration’s nominee for envoy to the United Nations said there was a crackdown on civil society in the South American country.

Maduro has often clashed with Washington since winning an April election following the death of his mentor, socialist leader Hugo Chavez. He said Samantha Power’s comments to a Senate confirmation hearing had been aggressive and unfair. [Read the full article]

 

 

Three surveillance cameras on the corner of a ...

Three surveillance cameras on the corner of a building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | The Guardian

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. [Read the full article]

Americans turn against government as poll shows a majority SUPPORT Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower, not a traitor | DailyMail

A majority of Americans see NSA leaker Edward Snowden favorably and consider him a whistle-blower who exposed a government surveillance program that has gone too far, according to national poll numbers released Wednesday.

The poll of more than 2,000 registered voters, conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute showed that 55 per cent call Snowden a whistle-blower, while just 34 per cent call him a traitor. [Read the full article]

What America thinks of Edward Snowden | The Week

As Edward Snowden presumably prepares for life in Venezuela or some other South American country, a new Quinnipiac University poll has some welcome news for the fugitive NSA leaker.

In the survey, released Wednesday, 55 percent of respondents said Snowden is “more of a whistle-blower” than a traitor, while only 34 percent viewed him as “more of a traitor.” The public’s “verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation’s political establishment,” says Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown. And surprisingly, it transcends party, gender, income, education, age, and income group. [Read the full article]

PRISM: An International Relations Disaster? | Huffington Post

Across the pond, our European press has kept us fully appraised on all known developments in the increasingly weird Edward Snowden road-show and the serious ramifications of his disclosure about PRISM. Europeans know that Americans are being comprehensively spied on by the U.S. government; that National Intelligence Director James Clapper had to apologize to Congress last Tuesday for being “erroneous” when he told them in March that the NSA did not spy on millions of Americans; and that law abiding American citizens are viewing the revelations about PRISM as the hottest constitutional potato in decades. [Read the full article]

America against democracy | The Economist

REVELATIONS in the wake of Edward Snowden’s civil disobedience continue to roll in. The New York Times reports that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court, serving as the ultimate arbiter on surveillance issues and delivering opinions that will most likely shape intelligence practices for years to come…” How is the FISA court like a shadow Supreme Court? Its interpretation of the constitution is treated by the federal government as law. The Times reports: [Read the full article]

France to sue NSA? Rights groups urge court to open lawsuit over US spying | RT.com

French rights groups have banded together to lodge a complaint in court over the NSA’s mass surveillance program. Activists blasted the US spying as “uncontrolled intrusion into people’s lives” disguised as the ‘War on Terror’.

The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the French League of Human Rights (LDH) rounded on the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Thursday, lodging a complaint in court. They have called on the court to open a lawsuit against the American government body and nine US firms. [Read the full article]

Latin American nations fuming over NSA spying allegations | Reuters

(Reuters) – Irate Latin American nations are demanding explanations from the United States about new allegations that it spied on both allies and foes in the region with secret surveillance programs.

A leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted most Latin American countries with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic, especially in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico. [Read the full article]

How the NSA uses PRISM in Latin America | The Daily Dot

Apparently, PRISM isn’t just for tracking terrorists.

The NSA reportedly used its Internet spy program to keep tabs on military, oil, and drug transactions in Latin America. [Read the full article]

Surf security calls for cyber situation awareness | Irish Times

As cyber concerns cross new technologies and territories it creates a need for a better understanding of the borders of “cyber-space”; a need for “cyber situation awareness”.

The ongoing saga of Edward Snowden underlines the fact that “knowledge is power and wisdom is control”. [Read the full article]

DEF CON uninvites Feds after NSA PRISM backlash | SlashGear

Organizers of DEF CON 2013, the annual hacking convention, have told the US federal government not to attend, after revelations about the NSA PRISM program and other surveillance activities have left the security community wary of the feds. In a post on the conference’s homepage, DEF CON founder Jeff Moss (aka “The Dark Tangent”) said that, while traditionally DEF CON has been open to a low-key federal presence, this year the various agencies should sit the show out. [Read the full article]

Pro-Snowden Activists Plan ‘Thank You’ Tour to D.C. Embassies of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela | US News

Activists supporting former NSA contractor Edward Snowden will visit the Washington, D.C, embassies of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela on Thursday to thank the countries for offering asylum to the fugitive whistleblower.

Snowden is currently believed to be in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. He initially fled to Hong Kong before releasing top secret documents in June that exposed massive NSA phone and Internet surveillance programs. [Read the full article]

Merkel: first I heard of ‘Prism’ was in media | The Local

In relation to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s claim that Germany was in “in bed” with the United States, Merkel told Die Zeit newspaper that “it has for decades been the responsibility of secret services in our country to co-operate [with others] in adherence with particular and narrowly defined laws and that this provides for our security.”

The chancellor said it remained to be seen to what extent reports about US spy programmes such as Prism, were true, and that she herself had only been made aware of it through media reports. [Read the full article]

Brazil May Seek to Speak With Snowden as Spy Charges Spread | Bloomberg

Brazil’s government said it may contact fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden as it probes allegations the U.S. monitored phone calls and e-mail in Latin America’s largest economy.

“Mr. Snowden’s participation in an investigation is absolutely relevant and pertinent,” Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said in Senate testimony to discuss allegations that were first reported by O Globo newspaper last week. “I don’t rule out the hypothesis of seeking out contact with Mr. Snowden, something that doesn’t need to be carried out on Brazilian territory. It can be done another way.” [Read the full article]

From COINTELPRO to PRISM, spying on communities of color | The Bay State Banner

Revelations of a massive cyber-surveillance program targeting American citizens holds particularly chilling consequences for immigrants and communities of color. Given the history of such programs, going back to the pre-digital age, these groups have reason to fear. Who is mined, who is profiled, and who suffers at the hands of an extensive regime of corporate and government surveillance raises issues of social and racial justice. [Read the full article]

5 items in the PRISM report you need to read |RStreet

Last week, the Congressional Research Service released a report on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying programs. Essentially, it is a “What You Need To Know, Mr. Representative” memo, mostly a summary of issues that have already been discussed publicly at length. It is nonetheless a useful document for the public to catch up on what is known.

Packed in its 15 pages are a number of interesting datapoints, with these being the big things you should know: [Read the full article]

Pirate Bay co-founder launches a secure messenger app for Android and iOS | The Inquirer

ONE OF THE FOUNDERS of The Pirate Bay is using the fall out from the Tempora and PRISM scandals to attract interest in Heml.is, a secure messaging system.

The word “hemlis” means secret in Swedish, and in a video Peter Sunde said that there has been no better time to start using private communications. [Read the full article]

Privacy vs government vs media | livemint

With each new revelation, sometimes on a completely different plane, the issue of privacy vs government vs media gets more complicated. Even as the proposed central monitoring system (CMS) and the sanction it will have to monitor phone calls and text messages in addition to online activity was being debated last month, the revelations about the American National Security Agency’s PRISM programme came along, followed by more revelations of it being used for spying on foreign governments. [Read the full article]

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English: Former NSA station on Teufelsberg. De...

English: Former NSA station on Teufelsberg. Deutsch: Frühere NSA-Station auf dem Teufelsberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

First we had PRISM and Boundless Informant which were swiftly joined by Tempora and now we are happy to meet Upstream. Upstream appears to be PRISM’s brother. Interesting revelations. Let’s wait and see what sexy shiny names the German BND or other intelligence services might have for their “monitoring tools”.

 

Latin American nations fuming over NSA spying allegations

(Reuters) – Irate Latin American nations are demanding explanations from the United States about new allegations that it spied on both allies and foes in the region with secret surveillance programs.

A leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted most Latin American countries with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic, especially in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico.

 

Evo Morales’ Plane Grounding Causes Uproar Throughout Latin America

The grounding of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane last week in Vienna continues to cause an uproar throughout the international community and has created a backlash over allegations that the United States ordered the move amid suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Tuesday that condemned the incident and declared solidarity with Morales, who blamed Washington for pressuring European countries to refuse to allow his plane to fly through their airspace. Bolivia asked the OAS for the measure along with both Venezuela and Nicaragua, two nations that have offered Snowden asylum.

 

Latin America no longer ‘US’ backyard’ – Ecuadorian Foreign Minister

Latin America is no longer the “US’ backyard” and the US shouldn’t be “lecturing less developed countries” on “rights and freedoms,” while breaching international law with massive surveillance campaign itself, Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patino told RT.

Patino also said the incident involving Bolivian President Morales, whose plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Austria, cannot be ignored and that if such an incident had happened to an American or European leader flying over a Latin American country it could have sparked a war.

 

 

Snowden Denies Spilling Secrets to Russia, China: Report

 

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden strongly denied that he gave secret information to the Chinese or Russian governments, a response to reported fears from current and former U.S. officials about an intelligence windfall for America’s rivals.

 

“I never gave any information to either government, and they never took anything from my laptops,” Snowden said, according to The Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald.

 

 

THE N.S.A., THE “ENCROACHING POLICE STATE,” AND THE SYSTEM

 

A lefty friend of mine writes:

 

Very sad and disappointed to read your “Snoop Scoops.” Liberal commentators are canary birds for me; they tell me about the health of trailing edge of resistance to the encroaching police state. You’re not worried about this, though. And you’re certainly not angry. I say “trailing edge” because as you’ve developed as a pundit you’ve fallen farther and farther behind in the search for justice. Alas. I was hoping that as you aged you’d get better at telling truth to power.

 

 

WikiLeaks’ Money Trail: How It’s Raising Money for Snowden & Assange

 

Julian Assange has acknowledged the irony: a group dedicated to transparency has truly murky finances. Caitlin Dickson and Eliza Shapiro report on how it’s getting funding for Snowden and more.

 

It’s not cheap to maintain the lifestyles of two international fugitives.

 

 

Rieder: Media can’t let Snowden drama overshadow substance

 

It was inevitable that as the Edward Snowden saga played out, media attention would shift from the former National Security Agency contactor’s dramatic revelations to the leaker himself.

 

First came the flurry of stories debating whether Snowden was a heroic whistle-blower or a traitor. In recent weeks, attention has focused on his frantic attempts to find refuge: Leaving Hawaii for Hong Kong. Washing up in Russia. Languishing in Sheremetyevo airport. Weighing offers of safe haven from Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua,

 

 

ANOTHER TOP SECRET NSA SLIDE ON DATA COLLECTION REVEALED

 

The new slide lists “Two Types of Collection”: Upstream and PRISM.

 

Upstream is described as “collection of communication on fiber cables and infrastructure as data flows past.”

 

 

 

Leaked NSA Slide Reveals PRISM’s Brother – Upstream

 

In early June, The Washington Post and The Guardian revealed through leaks provided by Edward Snowden that the NSA was in cahoots with major tech companies in a program called PRISM. In short, the leak claimed that the NSA could collect data directly from these companies’ servers, although the companies allegedly involved denied any involvement.

 

Since then, a number of new leaks have shown just how PRISM works. It doesn’t indiscriminately gather up any and all information as previously thought. Instead, it goes through a system that tries to automatically remove any information pertaining to American citizens while retaining information on potential foreign threats. Unfortunately, the system isn’t perfect, and PRISM still collects a lot of data on American citizens. Even worse, the information collected can be used under a variety of circumstances.

 

It appeared for a couple of hours that Edward Snowden had found shelter. According to the very latest state of play nothing has been decided yet. Another thing – which really annoyed and annoys me – is more or less secretely hidden somewhere in South America.

A couple of press releases indicate – and confirm more or less – that Ecuador’s President Morales’ aircraft had been grounded because the US “asked their EU-bondslaves to do so. Fair enough – but let’s think for one moment that President Obama’s aircraft would have been “diverted” due to “technical issues” on its way from Moscow to the US. I bet the US Army would have invaded these countries in question with the US Air Force playing the support role in paving the way. After the incident multiple EU-countries would have issued statements to support the American actions.

Following the incident with Morales’ aircraft and yesterday’s sentiments by Spain…what has happened? Exactly.

Digital platform shows all that PRISM knows about you

Are you curious to see how PRISM gathers all that information about millions of e-mails sent every day?

An MIT’s application, called Immersion, visualizes how the data is being stored and categorized according to the relationship within the data itself.

UN calls Bolivia plane incident ‘unfortunate’

The United Nations chief has said that the grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane in Vienna on suspicion that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was aboard was “unfortunate”.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said on Tuesday that “it was important to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.”

Bolivia asks OAS to approve declaration condemning plane row involving President Morales

Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero is denouncing what he calls an “act of aggression” when Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was rerouted to Austria amid suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was on board.

Romero on Tuesday urged the Organization of American States’ permanent council to approve a declaration demanding that such an incident never be repeated. He also called for apologies from European nations and an explanation of the July 2 incident.

Spain says U.S. tipoff led it to query Bolivian flight

(Reuters) – Spain acknowledged on Tuesday that a U.S. request had led it to delay approving an overflight by Bolivia’s president, but said it had given the go-ahead after receiving an assurance from Bolivia that U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden was not on the plane.

Bolivia has accused Spain, France, Portugal and Italy of closing their skies to President Evo Morales’ plane last week after being told it was carrying the former U.S. spy agency contractor from Moscow to Bolivia, and demanded to know who gave them that information.

Bolivia demands answers from Europe in plane spat over Snowden

Bolivia demanded France, Portugal, Spain and Italy reveal who told them that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was aboard President Evo Morales’ flight from Moscow last week.

Bolivia said it was an act of “state terrorism” by the United States and its European allies that the four countries banned Morales’ plane from their airspace on suspicions it was carrying the US fugitive to Bolivia in defiance of Washington.

WikiLeaks Denies Edward Snowden Asylum Offer

The group denies that the whistleblower has accepted political asylum in Venezuela after a Russian politician tweeted the claim.

WikiLeaks has denied a claim from a Russian politician that US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has accepted an offer of political asylum from Venezuela.

Runaway spy Edward Snowden ‘has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela’ WikiLeaks reveals

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, WikiLeaks said today.

The anti-secrecy group made the announcement on Twitter this evening after a Russian politician tweeted earlier today that the former U.S. spy agency contractor had accepted political asylum from the South American country.

Russian tweet on Snowden asylum decision deleted

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A tweet in which a senior Russian lawmaker said former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had accepted Venezuela’s offer of asylum was deleted from his Twitter feed shortly after it was posted on Tuesday.

The lawmaker, Alexei Pushkov, later tweeted that he had seen the news on state-run Russian television channel Rossiya-24, but a representative of Rossiya-24 said it had been referring to Pushkov’s initial tweet.

Even Le Carré’s latest fiction can’t do justice to Snowden

Shocked, or not shocked? The chasm widens. The New York Times this week carried a story from a whistleblower close to Washington’s foreign intelligence surveillance court, known as the Fisa court – a secret body set up in 1978 to monitor federal phone taps. It now gives legal cover to intelligence trawling of millions of individuals, at home and abroad.

The recent revelations by another whistleblower, Edward Snowden, accused the court of breaking the fourth amendment to the US constitution. This entitles Americans “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures”. The operative word, as so often, is unreasonable.

U.S. NSA ‘spied’ on most Latin American nations – Brazil paper

(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has targeted most Latin American countries in its spying programs, with Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico ranking among those of highest priority for the U.S. intelligence agency, a leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the fugitive former American intelligence contractor, O Globo newspaper said the NSA programs went beyond military affairs to what it termed “commercial secrets.”

The Snowden video sequel and Brazil fallout

Whistleblowers are typically rendered incommunicado, either because they’re in hiding, or advised by their lawyers to stay silent, or imprisoned. As a result, the public hears only about them, but never from them, which makes their demonization virtually inevitable. With that fact in mind, we published – almost a month ago – a 10-minute video interview with Edward Snowden to enable people to hear directly from him about what he did, why he did it, and what he hoped to achieve.

For the last two weeks, Snowden has been unable to speak publicly as he attempts to secure asylum. During that time, all sorts of accusations, innuendo, and other demonization campaigns have been directed at him by political officials and various members of the US media.

Report: US spy program targets energy information in Latin America in Venezuela, Mexico

BRASILIA, Brazil — A U.S. spy program is widely targeting data on the emails and telephone calls across Latin America, and is focusing on energy issues, not just information related to military, political or terror topics, a Brazilian newspaper reported Tuesday.

The O Globo newspaper said it has access to some of the documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden; the American journalist who obtained the classified information from Snowden lives in Brazil and is helping write stories for the daily.

PRISM & ‘purity’: NSA follows Nazi tradition

The NSA in America is following in the Nazi tradition in its attempt to discriminate based on data collection, modeled around their belief system – which justifies trashing the Constitution in pursuit of ‘pure’ data.

DNA is data. Thanks to the scientific work of Watson and Crick and their discovery of the double-helix and all its component parts in the DNA strands that make up all living cells, we know that humans are made up of data. To microbiologists and bio-engineers, this information means the development of drugs and treatments for illnesses – leading to more healthy, better lives.

Online privacy tools can curtail PRISM tracking

Powerful privacy tools you can use to curtail how big tech companies — and sometimes the federal government — track your every step on the Internet have been available for years.

Thanks to whistle-blower Edward Snowden these privacy tools have emerged from the fringes of the Internet into the limelight.

Edward Snowden: GCHQ’s Tempora Snooping Programme Mines All Online Data

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said the UK’s GCHQ (General Communications Headquarters) is at the forefront of surveillance techniques and is even more advanced than its counterparts in the US.

Snowden, who is on the run from US prosecutors after lifting the lid on the US data-mining scandal, told German magazine Der Spiegel that the UK was part of the so-called “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance with the US National Security Agency, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Edward Snowden is a whistleblower, not a spy – but do our leaders care?

According to US legislators and journalists, the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden actively aided America’s enemies. They are just missing one essential element for the meme to take flight: evidence.

An op-ed by Representative Mike Pompeo (Republican, Kansas) proclaiming Snowden, who provided disclosed widespread surveillance on phone records and internet communications by the National Security Agency, “not a whistleblower” is indicative of the emerging narrative. Writing in the Wichita Eagle on 30 June Pompeo, a member of the House intelligence committee, wrote that Snowden “has provided intelligence to America’s adversaries”.

 

Venezuela and Nicaragua make Snowden asylum offers

The presidents of both Nicaragua and Venezuela have indicated their countries could offer political asylum to US fugitive Edward Snowden.

Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro said it would give asylum to the intelligence leaker, who is believed to be holed up in a transit area of Moscow airport.

 

Spain admits Snowden behind plane saga

Madrid – Spain on Friday said it had been warned along with other European countries that former U.S. intelligence worker Edward Snowden was aboard the Bolivian presidential plane this week, an acknowledgement that the manhunt for the fugitive leaker had something to do with the plane’s unexpected diversion to Austria.

The statement is important because President Barack Obama has publicly displayed a relaxed attitude toward Snowden’s movements, saying last month that he wouldn’t be “scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

 

Granting asylum to Snowden in Venezuela would be best solution – Duma deputy

Venezuela’s decision to offer asylum to former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden would be the best solution, says Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee.

 

Edward Snowden, a pawn in Venezuelan politics

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday that he was prepared to grant former NSA contractor Edward Snowden asylum “so that he can live (without) … persecution from the empire,” the Associated Press reported. Meanwhile, Reuters quoted the Venezuelan leader as saying he was extending the offer “in the name of America’s dignity.”

Obviously, Venezuela can grant asylum to anyone it chooses, just as the United States has granted asylum to hundreds of Venezuelans in recent years. But it seems to me that what Maduro is really after is less protecting Snowden from persecution and more trying to annoy the United States while invoking the fiery rhetoric of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.

 

Oliver Stone defends Edward Snowden over NSA revelations

Oliver Stone, never one to run scared from a controversy, yesterday waded into the ongoing NSA debate, defending the American whistlebower Edward Snowden and hailing him as a “hero” for exposing the US’s mass surveillance programme.

“It’s a disgrace that Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques,” the Oscar-winning director told audiences at the Karlovy Vary international film festival in the Czech Republic.

 

European firms ‘could quit US internet providers over NSA scandal’

European businesses are likely to abandon the services of American internet providers because of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal, the European commission has warned.

Neelie Kroes, the commission vice-president who speaks on digital affairs, predicted that providers of cloud services, which allow users to store and access data on remote servers, could suffer significant loss of business if clients fear the security of their material is under threat.

 

NSA surveillance: protesters stage Restore the Fourth rallies across US

The events were organised by a newly hatched organisation called Restore the Fourth, named after the constitutionally guaranteed protection against illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Rallies and marches took place in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York City, Washington DC and dozens of other US cities.

 

Audio Of NSA Recruiters Being Called Out By University Of Wisconsin Students May Give You Hope For The Future

Two recruiters for the National Security Agency (NSA), which has been facing scrutiny after documents leaked by Edward Snowden exposed that it spies on the entire world, recently visited a language program at the University of Wisconsin.

It didn’t go well for them.

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English: President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, December 2009. Dansk: Bolivias præsident, Evo Morales, december 2009. Español: Presidente de Bolivia Evo Morales, diciembre de 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Funny enough, Mr Obama said the truth. He did not send any jets so far – the US has other, more sophisticated, means. Let’s think – at least for one brief shining moment – Angela Merkel’s or David Cameron’s aircraft would have had to land in Vienna enroute to La Paz as it does not have the permission to enter a country’s airspace…

Bolivian president’s plane forced to land in Austria in hunt for Snowden

MOSCOW — Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane, forced to land in Austria because of suspicions that American fugitive Edward Snowden was on board, was permitted to fly home Wednesday, Bolivian and European authorities said.

The search for Snowden turned into a major diplomatic fiasco, with Bolivia, Venezuela and several other Latin American countries lashing out at the United States and accusing it of having strong-armed European countries into redirecting the official Bolivian presidential plane.

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