With Snowden now free in Russia, U.S. has few options

The world’s most closely watched layover ended on Thursday as Russia granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the accused intelligence leaker who’d been holed up in a Moscow airport’s transit lounge since June 23. | 08/01/13 19:03:46 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Senators want advocate for Constitution added to secret FISA court hearings

Three key members of the Senate introduced legislation Thursday that would change the way the country’s secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court functions and how its members are selected, the latest sign that the uproar over leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is likely to have a lasting impact on the country’s intelligence practices. | 08/01/13 18:15:22 By - By Ali Watkins and Lesley Clark

Bid to rein in NSA snooping goes down in the House

The House of Representatives on Wednesday tried mightily but fell short in its bid to send a tough, pointed message to the Obama administration: Put limits on the National Security Agency’s ability to collect personal data. | 07/24/13 19:54:17 By - By David Lightman

Poll: Back off the snooping, public tells Washington

Americans are fed up with the federal government collecting information on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what can be monitored, majorities say in a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 07/24/13 15:29:15 By - By David Lightman

House may vote today to limit massive NSA surveillance program

A senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urged fellow legislators Tuesday to rein in sweeping data collection programs before they become an irreversible part of American society. | 07/23/13 22:32:32 By - By Ali Watkins

Skeptical Congress turns its spycam on NSA surveillance

In an unusually critical oversight hearing Wednesday, lawmakers from both parties warned national security officials that they must change their use of sweeping National Security Agency surveillance programs or face losing the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that have allowed for the agency’s mass collection of telephone metadata. | 07/17/13 20:09:51 By - By Ali Watkins

Boycott Sochi Olympics? Sen. Lindsey Graham’s idea not too sporting, athletes say

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., touched a nerve in athletes and Olympic officials alike Wednesday by floating the possibility of boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. | 07/17/13 19:02:14 By - By Ben Kamisar

Edward Snowden reportedly vows no more leaks as he seeks asylum in Russia

Acknowledging that he’s trapped in a Moscow airport by the ability of the United States and its European allies to force to the ground nearly any aircraft he boards, fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asked Russia on Friday to grant him temporary asylum, promising, apparently, that he was finished leaking information about U.S. government programs. | 07/12/13 19:07:17 By - By Matthew Schofield

Latin American complaints over U.S. spying ignore their own wiretap programs

Several Latin American presidents have complained bitterly following recent revelations about U.S. electronic surveillance, but there’s a bit of hypocrisy in some of their griping. | 07/11/13 17:17:20 By - By Tim Johnson

Trapped: An air escape from Moscow unlikely for NSA leaker Snowden

Beginning a third week holed up in a Moscow airport’s transit zone, Edward Snowden finds himself far enough away to evade U.S. authorities, but also too far from any of the sympathetic nations willing to shelter him. | 07/10/13 19:56:33 By - By Hannah Allam and Matt Schofield

Experts: Obama’s plan to predict future leakers unproven, unlikely to work

In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents. | 07/09/13 15:29:39 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor

How the hunt for Edward Snowden, and bad information, stranded Bolivian president

The diplomatic row between the U.S. and Bolivia began before Friday, when Bolivian President Evo Morales started talking about kicking out the U.S. Embassy. It began before airspace was closed to Morales’ jet, forcing him to spend 13 hours in Vienna during a trip home from Moscow. According to Russian news reports, it began when a U.S. official failed to notice that the target of the hunt – former NSA contractor Edward Snowden – was at one airport and the Bolivian presidential jet was taking off from another, about 35 miles away. | 07/05/13 21:09:24 By - By Matthew Schofield

Denial of European airspace for Bolivian president’s flight causes turbulence

The assertion by Bolivia’s president that his plane was denied rights to fly across four European nations because of suspicions that fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden might be on board set off a bitter diplomatic battle Wednesday that did little to illuminate what actually had happened. | 07/03/13 19:19:43 By - By Matthew Schofield

European anger growing over extent of alleged U.S. electronic surveillance

In the pages the German tabloid Bild, President Barack Obama on Tuesday had been renamed OHRbama (Ohr is the German word for ear). He was pictured leaning over to listen to German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a grossly oversized ear. | 07/02/13 18:22:30 By - By Matthew Schofield

Hints surface that NSA building massive, pervasive surveillance capability

Despite U.S. intelligence officials’ repeated denials that the National Security Agency is collecting the content of domestic emails and phone calls, evidence is mounting that the agency’s vast surveillance network can and may already be preserving billions of those communications in powerful digital databases. | 07/02/13 17:40:34 By - By Greg Gordon

Image of NSA leaker Edward Snowden evolves with each revelation

More than three weeks since his revelations about U.S. spying sent ripples around the world, a more nuanced portrait is emerging of Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who initially was viewed in extremes – either a hero in the fight against government secrecy or a traitor who jeopardized national security. | 06/30/13 08:56:27 By - By Hannah Allam

Obama says he will not personally speak to China, Russia about Snowden

President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has not spoken to his Russian and Chinese counterparts about leaker Edward Snowden, who remains as a fugitive, because he does not want to damage larger relationships with the nations. | 06/27/13 15:24:11 By - Anita Kumar

Memories of Stasi color Germans’ view of U.S. surveillance programs

Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany. Peering out over the city that lived in fear when the communist party ruled it, he pondered the magnitude of domestic spying in the United States under the Obama administration. A smile spread across his face. “You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,” he said, recalling the days when he was a lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police, the Stasi. In those days, his department was limited to tapping 40 phones at a time, he recalled. | 06/26/13 15:08:54 By - By Matthew Schofield

Experts: U.S. has little hope of moving Putin, an ex-spy, to expel Snowden

Russia’s confirmation Tuesday that fugitive contractor Edward Snowden is using the Moscow airport as a pit stop on his global search for a haven leaves American authorities seemingly powerless to stop him from traveling onward with top-secret files that detail extensive U.S. surveillance programs. | 06/25/13 19:25:47 By - By Hannah Allam

Rubio defends surveillance, predicts Senate will pass immigration bill

Sen. Marco Rubio on Tuesday defended the government’s aggressive surveillance of phone records and Internet use, saying the program has saved lives and Congress has sufficient oversight to prevent abuses. | 06/25/13 17:40:56 By - By James Rosen

White House lashes out at China over Snowden, presses Russia to expel him

A frustrated White House blasted China on Monday for allowing leaker Edward Snowden to depart Hong Kong for Russia, warning that the decision would have a detrimental effect on the already-tense relationship between Washington and Beijing. | 06/25/13 11:49:41 By - By Anita Kumar

Whistleblower Snowden asks for asylum in Ecuador, may be headed to the nation

U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden is reportedly being hustled across the Atlantic, perhaps through Cuba, as he tries to make his way to Ecuador where he hopes to fight extradition to the United States on espionage charges. | 06/25/13 13:19:11 By - Jim Wyss

In 3 weeks, Snowden’s revelations have roiled the globe

Edward Snowden, the former defense-contractor-turned-classified-document-leaker, has received most attention in the United States for revealing wide-ranging government snooping into phone and Internet records. But the activities Snowden has exposed are not limited to inside the United States. His leaks also have made waves in Hong Kong, China and Great Britain. Here’s a look at what he’s alleged. | 06/25/13 11:49:30 By - By Ali Watkins

Anger at U.S. complicates efforts to capture Snowden

Edward Snowden, the fugitive American contractor who revealed details of the U.S. government’s extensive spying network, so far has evaded capture by hop-scotching around the world with the help of nations that have their own beefs with the United States. | 06/25/13 11:49:06 By - By Hannah Allam and Tim Johnson

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. | 06/25/13 13:19:46 By - By Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay

Contractor responsible for Snowden’s security clearance investigated for inadequate background checks

The private company responsible for vetting Edward Snowden for a security clearance is under criminal investigation for systemic failure to adequately conduct background checks. | 06/25/13 13:19:29 By - By Lindsay Wise

Government could use metadata to map your every move

If you tweet a picture from your living room using your smartphone, you’re sharing far more than your new hairdo or the color of the wallpaper. You’re potentially revealing the exact coordinates of your house to anyone on the Internet. The GPS location information embedded in a digital photo is an example of so-called metadata, a once-obscure technical term that’s become one of Washington’s hottest new buzzwords. | 06/25/13 13:20:22 By - By Lindsay Wise and Jonathan S. Landay

Spy data disclosures show anew that executive branch holds all the cards

Disclosures about National Security Agency cyber-spying on millions of Americans vividly illustrates how the federal government’s check-and-balance system is out of balance. | 06/25/13 13:20:47 By - By David Lightman

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