Today, The Intercept began the process of making the archive of documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden available to the wider public, beginning with the first three months of SIDtoday, an internal, top secret agency newsletter that began publishing 11 days after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The files are available for download here.
According to documents provided to the New York Times and ProPublica by Edward Snowden, AT&T and the NSA have maintained for decades a “highly collaborative” relationship that has facilitated the government agency’s ability to spy on enormous quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States.
Over the weekend, the Sunday Times published an article quoting British government sources claiming that China and Russia had hacked Edward Snowden’s NSA files, putting agents in danger. Where was the proof? Reporter Tom Harper appeared on CNN last night to explain: “Well, uh, I don’t know, to be honest with you.”
Two days after the sections of the Patriot Act that authorized the NSA’s phone data collection program expired in the face of a Rand Paul filibuster, the Senate passed a bill Tuesday to reinstate it, but with restrictions on what the agency can collect. President Obama, who supported the USA Freedom Act, is expected to sign it soon.
New Jersey Governor and snack gourmand Chris Christie stopped by the key primary state of New Hampshire today. At which point, Christie called for a major boost in military funding. But don’t fret over what this means for NSA snooping, because according to the bridge bandit himself, “All these fears are baloney.”
The National Security Agency’s widespread collection of telephone records is illegal and not authorized by Congress, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in ACLU v. Clapper. A New York District court had previously refused to even review the bulk collection program, saying it was “for the other two coordinate branches of government to decide.”
At least one person was killed and two were injured this morning after a driver reportedly attempted to ram the security gates outside of Fort Meade, the Army complex that houses the NSA's headquarters. Shots were reportedly fired during the attempted breach, though it's not immediately clear who fired them.
In the continued fallout of the Sony hack, a new report by the the New York Times—citing U.S. intelligence officials and documents previously leaked by Edward Snowden—puts the NSA inside North Korea's computer system as early as 2010. This previous hack, officials say, is how the United States apparently determined North Korea was responsible for the cyberattack on Sony.
According to a report published in the New York Times, British, Indian, and American intelligence agencies failed to piece together major plot details of Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba before they carried out the gruesome, three-day onslaught in Mumbai in 2008 that left 166 dead, including six Americans.
The National Security Agency's collection of foreigners' internet communication (which often also includes Americans' correspondence) has been approved as "legal and effective in protecting national security" by an independent privacy board in a new report. The same panel condemned the NSA's collection of Americans' phone metadata earlier this year.
Something big is brewing in NSA Revelation Land—a scoop from columnist and reporter Glenn Greenwald that was supposed to be published at midnight last night. But now Glenn Greenwald and fellow Intercept reporter Murtaza Hussein have delayed their story, pending new government information, and the internet is freaking out.