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GOP Rep. Tells Fox News: Edward Snowden Is a ‘Whistle-Blower’

Although some in Congress have called Edward Snowden a “traitor” or accused him of treason, one elected representative is coming to the self-admitted NSA leaker’s defense.

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Putin as America’s Frenemy: The Snowden Paradox (Video)

Russia’s decision on Thursday to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum for one year and allow him freely to live and work in the Russian Federation hit Washington like a hydrogen bomb.

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‘Left, Right & Center:’ Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions and the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists touch on a court’s finding Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy as the NSA declassifies mounds of documents in preparation for congressional hearings. Also, a moderate Iranian is about to assume the office of president and Larry Summers appears ready to lead the Fed.

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NSA Declassified Documents Released

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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

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‘The Net Is Finished as a Global Network’

The story of the Obama administration’s pursuit of one man exposing unconstitutional spying is important. But the real issue we should be discussing in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations is the fate of the Internet, Open University professor John Naughton writes in The Observer.

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Edward Snowden Gains Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

The NSA whistle-blower has left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and crossed into the city upon being granted temporary asylum for one year in Russia.

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Greenwald Blows Lid Off Massive NSA Web Surveillance Operation ‘XKeyscore’

The Guardian columnist broke another major story about the NSA on Wednesday, this one detailing an Internet surveillance program that allows the powerful agency to spy on the emails, Web chats and search histories of millions of Americans without prior authorization.

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We Should Thank Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden’s renegade decision to reveal the jaw-dropping scope of the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance is being vindicated—even as Snowden himself is being vilified.

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NSA Surveillance Critic Glenn Greenwald to Testify Before Congress

The Guardian columnist, who broke the story about the extent of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, is among a handful of NSA critics who have been invited to give testimony before Congress to counter the “constant misleading information” from intelligence officials, Rep. Alan Grayson said.

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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

After years in absentia, retired CIA operative Robert Seldon Lady reappeared out of nowhere on the border between Panama and Costa Rica. And then—poof!—he vanished a second time. Not another news story was heard here in the U.S.

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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

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Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Edward Snowden Cleared to Leave Airport, Russian News Agency Says

However, the NSA leaker’s attorney says his client has received no such document and that his asylum status is still very much up in the air.

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Germans ‘Duty Bound’ in Light of ‘Shameful Past’ to Give Snowden Asylum

European governments—Germany in particular, for its role in the human atrocities of the last century—should recognize the United States’ manifesting authoritarianism and respond humanely by offering safe haven to the fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, journalist Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

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The U.S. Government Is Metamorphosing Into the Borg

Describing the U.S. government is becoming increasingly complicated: “petro–imperial,” “coal–fired,” “plutocratic,” “oligarchic,” “inverted totalitarian,” “fascist,” “propagandistic,” “Big Brother.” Things are beginning to simplify though. Soon you’ll be able to refer to the institution with a single idea from “Star Trek”: the Borg.

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Secret Court Renews Controversial NSA Surveillance Program

A top U.S. intelligence official has confirmed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court on Friday extended the National Security Agency’s authority to gather the telephone metadata of tens of millions of Americans.

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America Spies on the World

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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Lewis Black Messes With Texas, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the closure of three Texas women’s health clinics and why President Obama is reconsidering a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.

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Prometheus Among the Cannibals

Dear Edward Snowden: Billions of us, from prime ministers to hackers, are watching a live espionage movie in which you are the protagonist and perhaps the sacrifice. Your way forward is clear to no one, least of all, I’m sure, you.

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Swedish Professor Nominates Edward Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

In suggesting the NSA whistle-blower, Stefan Svallfors wrote a letter in which he explained that rewarding Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost” would start to make up for the blunder the Nobel Committee committed when it gave the prize to President Barack Obama.

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How to Be a Rogue Superpower

From the time Edward Snowden’s first leaks came out, it was obvious he was in control of how much of the NSA’s secret world would be seen. But the Obama administration went after him anyway. No thought of future embarrassment stopped officials, nor possible resentments engendered by their heavy-handed pressure on numerous foreign governments.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Senate Win, Liz Cheney to Run for Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Attorney General Eric Holder condemns “Stand Your Ground” laws and Jeremy Scahill stops by “The Colbert Report” to discuss President Obama’s drone strike policy.

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Surveillance Blowback

For well over a century, what might be called “surveillance blowback” from America’s wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus. Its future (though not ours) looks bright indeed.

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Snowden Has Sensitive NSA ‘Blueprints,’ Greenwald Says

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald said that Edward Snowden has very sensitive documents that detail how the National Security Agency operates and reveal how one could evade the NSA’s surveillance program.

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Greenwald: Snowden Holds Information That Could Cause More Damage to U.S. Than Anyone Ever Has

The U.S. should be careful in its pursuit of whistle-blower Edward Snowden because he controls information that could become the United States’ “worst nightmare,” according to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Snowden, Food Stamps and an Immigration Thunderbolt

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new Quinnipiac University poll showing that more American voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower than a traitor, by 55 to 34 percent. Should Russia grant Snowden asylum?

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Microsoft Gave NSA Access to Users’ Emails, Web Chats and Video Calls, Report Says

According to an account Thursday in The Guardian based off of top-secret documents obtained from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, Microsoft allowed the National Security Agency to access its users’ electronic communications as part of the NSA’s PRISM program.

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Snowden Says He Gave No Secrets to China or Russia

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells Glenn Greenwald that he did not reveal classified information to China or Russia, his recent hosts, or that, as was reported by The New York Times based on the speculation of anonymous sources, his laptops were “drained.”

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Poll: Snowden Is a Whistle-Blower, Not a Traitor

American lawmakers on the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden may want to take a look at the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which finds “Almost every party, gender, income, education, age and income group regards Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.”

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Perry Makes Major Announcement, Koch Brothers Try to Kill Obamacare, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an IRS mistake leaves tens of thousands of Social Security numbers exposed and Fox News rules (at least according to a depressing new Gallup poll).

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Ellsberg: Snowden Made Right Decision by Leaving America

Daniel Ellsberg was able to remain in the U.S. after leaking the Pentagon Papers because, “The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago,” he argues in an op-ed Sunday. Edward Snowden would be greeted with a much different fate, Ellsberg notes, and as a result, he disagrees with those who compare Snowden to him unfavorably because of the NSA whistle-blower’s exit from the U.S.

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Snowden Hideout

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Truthdiggers of the Week: NSA Protesters

Too many Americans lack the courage to call their leaders liars and demand that their government return their civil liberties, but not those who rallied on Independence Day, and not journalist Madiha R. Tahir.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

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Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum

After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

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Europe Spied On

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Snowden Leaks Reveal American Trojan Horse in Europe

I am surprised that in the Edward Snowden affair no one I’ve yet seen has quoted the American statesman Henry L. Stimson.

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Obama and NSA

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