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The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate

In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

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Latest WikiLeaks Data Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008

The organization claims the CIA probably “infected” Apple’s supply chain, intercepting shipments and uploading secret software to Apple devices. 

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Publishes Thousands of Documents on Alleged CIA Hacking Techniques

The whistleblowing organization says that the “Vault 7” leak details how the CIA uses sophisticated technology to hack into smartphones and computers.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It

Democratic lawmakers demand an investigation into the former national security adviser’s talks with Russia.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE



Snowden: ‘Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated With Russian Intel’

Whistleblower Edward Snowden says a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to President Trump proves he is not a spy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Trump May Be Terrible, but Neoliberal Global Dominance Flourished Under Obama (Video)

The “Trews” host argues that for those being bombed in Yemen, or whose privacy is being invaded or who face deportation, not much will change under the new president.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Checking In With Trump Supporters

By Clara Romeo

We interviewed fans of the new president to learn what drew them to the inauguration and to discover their hopes for his administration.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Edward Snowden: ‘Faith in Elected Leaders’ Is a Mistake Americans Keep Making

Speaking via video conference from Russia, the NSA whistleblower explains how past U.S. covert actions have led to a lack of accountability today.

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

The whistleblower, originally set to be released in 2045, will now be freed on May 17.

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Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE



Snowden Leak Suggests the NSA Could Prove Identity of DNC Hackers

“If the NSA could use signals intelligence to track a specific hack of an American email account in 2005, it’s not too much to assume that, 10 years later, the agency possesses the same or better capability,” writes Sam Biddle at The Intercept.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE



Best of Truthdig’s Live Blogs 2016: First Drafts of History Bring Shock, Sadness and Hope

Republican and Democratic conventions. Primary and presidential nominee debates. The Pulse club mass shooting. The #NoDAPL fight. Some of the stories we covered in real time this year were long-scheduled. Other news was unforeseen, unfolding—some even ongoing.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE


Katie Couric Asks Edward Snowden ‘Every Tough Question Critics Come Up With’ (Video)

Responding to a 2014 comment by Donald Trump in which he called the whistleblower a “traitor,” Snowden says, “I wonder when it was that he thinks America was great, because ... we’re a country that was born from an act of treason against a government that had run out of control.”

Posted on Dec 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Publish, Punish and Pardon: How Obama Could Reveal the Nature of the National Security State

At this late date, what might a president alarmed by his successor do, if not to hamper Trump’s ability to create global mayhem, then at least to set the record straight before he leaves the White House?

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Russell Brand Sees ‘Snoopers Charter’ as Proof the ‘State Sees Us as Its Enemy’ (Video)

The “Trews” host explains why whistleblower Edward Snowden describes the British Investigatory Powers Act as a legalization of “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Five Things Obama Should Do Before Leaving Office (but Probably Won’t)

Knowing what may be ahead after his successor’s inauguration, it is the president’s duty to take what actions he still can to protect Americans from the coming “Trumpocalypse.”

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Donald Trump’s National Security Choices Are Not the ‘A’ Team in Intelligence Circles

Progressives have no reason to be optimistic about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser or Rep. Michael Pompeo as CIA director.

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United Kingdom Passes ‘Snooper’s Charter,’ Giving Tremendous Surveillance Power to Agencies

The law also requires internet and phone companies to hold on to user data for at least a year and to make it easily searchable by law enforcement.

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Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as to tell Americans, “When systems fall, when things break down ... people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE


‘Hold Fast to the Causes of the Oppressed’: Chris Hedges Speaks at Jill Stein Rally in Philadelphia

The columnist’s speech Saturday was part of a final campaign event for the Green Party presidential candidate.

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Defying the Politics of Fear

The major political parties offer us nothing but continued corruption and oppression. A simple act of citizen defiance can be a first step on a road to profound change.

Posted on Nov 6, 2016 READ MORE



Iceland’s Pirate Party Makes Strong Showing in New Election

“Like Robin Hood, because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people.”

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 READ MORE



AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy

Where you go, what you watch, with whom you speak, all your internet searches, gathered and “vertically integrated,” sold to police and perhaps to corporate customers—this is our future, unless we stop this merger.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails

For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Why Does Freedom of the Press Protect Newspapers but Not Whistleblowers? (Video)

Truthdig’s editor in chief talks to “Nowman Show” host Dan Niswander about how Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning were hung out to dry even as the publications that profited from their stories were protected.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Jill Stein Would Be a Blessing for the Supreme Court; Gary Johnson Would Be a Disaster

Of all the candidates, the Green Party nominee would move the judicial branch in the most progressive direction as president. But the sobering reality is that she has the least prospect of doing so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

The next president of the United States will have the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body—and redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution for a generation or more.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



Justice for Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden

A radical defense of the human and political rights of Manning and Snowden should not be limited to only the known views and statements of such whistleblowers.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: Should President Obama Pardon Whistleblowers?

The current presidential candidates have expressed opinions about the punishment of whistleblowers, with ideas ranging from execution to full pardons. In light of renewed debate over the cases of Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, we want to hear what you think.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden

The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE


Edward Snowden: Spy or Whistleblower?

The U.S. government relies on public ignorance in order to threaten the privacy of tens of millions of people around the world, and Snowden exposed that, says Naureen Shah of Amnesty International USA.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Jill Stein: ‘If Elected President I Will Immediately Pardon Edward Snowden’

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is promising, if she is elected, to pardon the NSA whistleblower, whose revelation of secret government spying ruled illegal by federal judges “was among the most important in US history.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Calls the Hack of NSA Hackers by ‘Shadow Brokers’ a Significant Turn in the Spy Wars

Calling a leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, the whistleblower says things “could get messy fast.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: The Media’s Coverage of Donald Trump Is ‘Kind of Hysterical’

Yes, the GOP’s presidential nominee “poses ... extreme dangers” to the U.S., Greenwald agrees, but the journalist also argues that the mass media is not only creating a dangerous, unblinking consensus against Trump but also failing to reach his voters.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE



Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


A WikiLeaks Editor Talks About Julian Assange, National Security and Protecting Whistleblowers

Sarah Harrison, investigations editor at WikiLeaks, gave an exclusive interview to acTVism to discuss attempts to extradite her colleague, Julian Assange, and how international law interacts with national surveillance.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



iCensor: Apple Patents a Remote ‘Kill Switch’ for iPhone Cameras

Revisions in smartphone technology could allow police and government forces to stop citizens from recording abuses of force.

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‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Convenience of Customized Advertising May Come at a High Price

Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton and Edward Snowden: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Clinton has repeatedly attacked Snowden for being careless with government information. So it is ironic that she has been found guilty of being careless with government information.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: New Russian ‘Big Brother’ Law Would Savage Privacy and Personal Freedoms

The NSA whistleblower called the law moving through Russia’s Legislature an “unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights” that would “take money and liberty from every Russian without improving safety.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Government Renews Its Assault on Privacy

And this time there’s “much less public scrutiny,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Tells Vice News All About the ‘State of Surveillance’

Vice Media founder Shane Smith traveled to Moscow to learn from the NSA whistleblower exactly what the U.S. government is able to do to bypass security on our digital devices and violate our privacy.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Declassified Documents Confirm That Edward Snowden Tried to Tell the NSA About Surveillance Concerns

Internal records obtained by Vice News show that the agency “did not tell the public the whole story about Snowden’s contacts with oversight authorities before he became the most celebrated and vilified whistleblower in U.S. history.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Building a Database to Identify Potential Whistleblowers

According to a report by Think Progress, the military is working on a data analysis system to track down government employees and contractors who may leak state secrets.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State

The former U.S. attorney general’s sudden appreciation of Snowden is hypocritical.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE


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