The NSA had claimed that Ed Snowden hadn’t contacted superiors with concerns about their illegal activity. They released an email attempting to discredit his claim that he had raised concerns, and the email proves Snowden was telling the truth.
The Washington Post has published a response from Snowden to NSA’s release of this email. He says, “Today’s strangely tailored and incomplete leak only shows the NSA feels it has something to hide,” and, “I’m glad they’ve shown they have access to records they claimed just a few months ago did not exist, and I hope we’ll see the rest of them very soon.”
More specifically, “Today’s release is incomplete, and does not include my correspondence with the Signals Intelligence Directorate’s Office of Compliance, which believed that a classified executive order could take precedence over an act of Congress, contradicting what was just published. It also did not include concerns about how indefensible collection activities – such as breaking into the back-haul communications of major US internet companies – are sometimes concealed under E.O. 12333 to avoid Congressional reporting requirements and regulations.”
“Now that they have finally begun producing emails, I am confident that truth will become clear rather sooner than later.”
An interesting ethical debate is taking place. FirstLook Media, the controversial and adversarial media outlet owned by PayPal’s inventor, has withheld the name of the 5th country the NSA collects recordings of all phone calls from. SOMALGET and MYSTIC are Top Secret programs revealed by the Snowden leaks from the NSA. Following on the earth shaking revelations of last year starting with the “metadata” gathering in the US called PRISM, MYSTIC is again changing Americans’ views of what their spy agencies are actually working toward.
I think WikiLeaks should reveal this information, and not because it’s likely to cause deaths, but because a Top Secret American program having a country name revealed more than a year after it was known to be compromised, is not a reason to redact it any longer. WikiLeaks is right, and the citizens of the violated nation have a human right to know the United States government was able to record every phone call. It wouldn’t be the first time a Top Secret American program has led to people dying, either.
People can then place the blame where it belongs for any deaths, at the feet of the NSA, and Bush/Obama, not simplistically on the WikiLeaks scapegoat.
Kinsella is right that Obama has broken hearts.
The precise moment at which Barack Obama broke many progressive hearts, however, is just as easy to ascertain: it came in June of last year, when it was revealed that the U.S. government – aided and abetted by the “Five Eyes,” the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom – were literally spying on millions of their own citizens.
So, will my former champion, Barack Obama, read this column, and its earnest plea for our constitutions to be worth the paper they are written on?
No need. The NSA likely tracked my keystrokes, intercepted my email to editors, and provided the president’s staff with a copy long before this morning’s paper hit the streets.
Welcome to the new era, where our “freedom” is gutted in the name of, you know, “freedom.”
Snowden, meanwhile, has been winning hearts ever since he eluded unjust capture last year.
Assange has also been an inspiration, in the face of American duplicity.
Most people would consider “Hack the planet” to be some sort of black-hat hacker battle cry. It might more accurately describe the unconstitutional efforts of the United States of America’s NSA spy agency.
From a comment on the story:
““The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, obtained by Snowden, lists TURBINE as part of a broader NSA surveillance initiative named “Owning the Net.””
Translation: They declared a Technology War against this world”, using our own computers against us.
TURBINE is an illegal NSA program, supported by GCHQ and who knows what other intelligence services around the world.
The big questions now, has anyone found this malware, and will AV companies provide us with protection or are they controlled by the NSA?
Some NSA efforts to destroy Assange and intimidate people supporting Wikileaks have been revealed.
ANTICRISIS GIRL was a system to spy on Wikileaks searchers.
This other item is big news too, because Matt’s been an important journalist covering Wall St. crimes.
UPDATE: and Matt’s left First Look.
I’d wondered why the USA wasn’t chasing after draft dodgers still.
My respect for Carter went up when I learned this.
Obama could redeem some of his failing popularity if he stood up to the NSA spy machine and pardoned Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, among other whistle blowers of illegal American spying programs aimed at American citizens.
It apparently doesn’t matter if the Canadian spy agencies don’t spy on Canadians. To be clear though, the Ed Snowden leaks make it clear that they do spy on us.
Canada’s intelligence agency deliberately kept the country’s Federal Court “in the dark” to bypass the law in order to outsource its spying on Canadian citizens abroad to foreign security agencies, a federal judge said.
Federal Court Judge, Richard Mosley, has slammed the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for knowingly misleading him on numerous occasions.
Why does a telephone company get charged with paying $21,000 for breaching privacy, but CSIS and CSEC continue to violate all Canadians privacy in similarly damaging manners? Why the double standard in law enforcement?
ADDED: If you need me to explain why these two privacy stories go together, let me know.
1.) Canada cloud haven? The NSA is supposed to spy on non-Americans.
2.)CSEC admits it spies on Canadians “incidentally”.