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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


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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.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



‘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



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: New Pentagon Source Shows Need for Whistleblower Shield

Edward Snowden is calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections after a new source from inside the Pentagon leaked a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing by the government.

Posted on May 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Intercept Expands Public Access to the Snowden Archive With Release of SIDtoday Files

In order to make possible a fuller exploration of the U.S. government’s activities in the post-9/11 era, The Intercept on Monday began publishing more of the source material leaked by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden in the summer of 2013.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Leaker Criticizes Governments’ Inadequate Response to Revelations

The still-unidentified whistleblower behind the release of 11.5 million documents detailing the practices of international tax evaders says the release triggered debate but not enough action.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Explains What Makes Whistleblowing Permissible

In a piece published by The Intercept, the ex-CIA employee and NSA subcontractor reflects on the risky but necessary act of revealing information not intended to be publicly known.

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Panama Papers: ‘Biggest Leak in History’ Exposes Global Web of Corruption

Edward Snowden tweets: “The story behind the #PanamaPapers? Courage is contagious.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: A Conversation on Privacy With Noam Chomsky, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden

Finding the right balance between national security and individual rights has been a challenge since the Patriot Act was enacted.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE



John Cusack and an Ex-Clinton Aide Wage a War of Tweets Over Internet Freedom

The spat between the actor and former State Department staffer Alec Ross frames an issue that hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves in the presidential race.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers

The media require free-flowing information—and so does our democracy.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Human Rights Risks of Encryption ‘Back Doors’

Calls by candidates and law enforcement to undermine encryption could seriously harm many people, including sexual and gender-based rights activists, domestic violence victims, human rights defenders, psychiatrists and counselors and their clients, and journalists and their sources.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



Privacy Activists Rally Around Apple in ‘Most Important Tech Case in a Decade’

To defend users’ privacy rights, Apple is refusing to give government encrypted iPhone data in the San Bernardino shooting case.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Christmas Plea to the World From the Father of Drowned Syrian Child

“Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world.”

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History

Bernie Sanders’ campaign just beat a record set by President Barack Obama in 2011 in the runup to his 2012 re-election.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



John Cusack and Arundhati Roy: Things That Can and Cannot Be Said

This is the narrative result of an encounter between Cusack, Roy and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg. Cusack and Roy provide their own accounts and joint conversations.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Offshore-Banking Whistleblower Hervé Falciani

The leaks engineered by “the Edward Snowden of banking” have brought to light malpractice that is costing government treasuries hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The IT expert’s action has earned him a five-year prison sentence given in absentia.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



NSA Leaker Thomas Drake Praises Report Showing U.S.’ Failure Toward Whistleblowers

Drake, who in 2010 became the first American charged with espionage in almost 40 years, applauds a new report by the PEN American Center accusing the government of failing to protect whistleblowers.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Encryption’s Role in the Paris Attacks Appears Negligible

Information coming out of Paris contradicts intelligence officials’ claims that Edward Snowden’s leaks and the increased use of encrypted communications helped the attackers carry out their deadly rampage.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Scapegoating Edward Snowden Is ‘Irrational’ and Troubling, Advocates Warn

Shifting the blame to “unauthorized disclosures,” security officials seize on Paris tragedy to expand the surveillance state.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



‘Spectre’ Film Review: How James Bond Becomes Edward Snowden in the Spy Series’ New Entry (Video)

It strikes me as remarkable that the theme of electronic surveillance in “Spectre,” the latest entry in the Daniel Craig reboot of the James Bond film franchise, is seemingly being ignored by reviewers.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald: NSA Leaks Were as Much a Battle Against Establishment Media as Surveillance

At a press conference in Berlin, the co-founding editor of The Intercept explained why a crucial part of the strategy of reporting on Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents was to find ways around certain media “hurdles.”

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Calls E.U. Vote to Offer Him Protection From Extradition a ‘Game-Changer’

The former N.S.A. contractor-turned-whistleblower, who has been living in Russia, also called it “extraordinary.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Ahead of Senate Vote, Edward Snowden Speaks Out to Stop CISA Surveillance Bill

Joining privacy rights groups in opposition to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), Snowden says it is “not going to make us any safer.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

The former secretary of state attacked the NSA whistleblower without bothering to get her facts straight.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

History may smile on these guardians of the public trust, but during their lifetimes they remain outcasts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


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