National Security Agency

  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for US spying coverage 15-04-2014 07:19 AM

    New York: The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim...
  • Edward Snowden says 'significant threats' to his life 27-01-2014 11:03 AM

    Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that US government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA's collection of telephone records and emails. In what German public broadcaster ARD said was Snowden's first television interview, Snowden also...
  • NSA also involved in industrial espionage: Edward Snowden 27-01-2014 07:17 AM

    Berlin: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage. In the interview aired on Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the US, but had nothing...
  • US: Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying 18-01-2014 06:41 PM

    Washington: President Barack Obama's orders to change some US surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from...
  • Barack Obama likely to approve surveillance changes: officials 15-01-2014 10:53 PM

    Washington: President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific details to Congress, according to three US officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. In a highly anticipated...
  • Snowden worked at US Embassy in Delhi: report 14-01-2014 12:22 AM

    Washington: Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden worked at the US Embassy in India and took a course in "ethical hacking" in Delhi, about three years before he leaked the NSA's surveillance programmes that embarrassed the Obama administration. Snowden was in India in his capacity as a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor...
  • Apple says never worked with National Security Agency on iPhone hacks 01-01-2014 11:38 AM

    San Francisco: Apple Inc has never worked with the US National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company said in response to reports that the spy agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones. Germany's Der Spiegel reported this week that...
  • NSA phone surveillance legal, says New York judge 28-12-2013 12:27 AM

    A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism. The decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by another US district court judge,...
  • US: NSA releases more documents on surveillance records of Al-Qaida 22-12-2013 08:38 AM

    Washington: The director of national intelligence declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorised to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after the Justice Department complied with a...
  • US: NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional 17-12-2013 07:27 AM

    Washington: A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal. US District Court Judge Richard Leon, on Monday, granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry...
  • Google, Apple, Facebook push for limits on government surveillance 09-12-2013 03:11 PM

    Bangalore: Eight US web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies - Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc - issued an...
  • NSA collects 5 billion cell phone records globally per day 05-12-2013 11:21 AM

    Washington: America's secretive National Security Agency is collecting nearly five billion cell phone records a day about the precise locations of individuals, including non-US citizens, a media report said on Thursday. The startling revelations by The Washington Post are based on the classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former...
  • Edward Snowden seeks the world's help against US charges 02-11-2013 10:15 AM

    Berlin: The US refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on "automatic pilot" and went too far. Snowden made his appeal for US clemency in a letter released Friday by a...
  • Snowden writes to Germans to seek support in spy row 01-11-2013 08:49 PM

    Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has told Germany he is counting on international support to stop Washington's 'persecution' of him for revealing the scale of its worldwide phone and Internet surveillance. In an open letter to a country at the centre of the row over US spying on allies,...
  • Edward Snowden finds job with Russian website 31-10-2013 08:16 PM

    Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, has found a job with a website, The Guardian quoted his lawyer as saying on Thursday. "Edward starts work in November," Anatoly Kucherena said, according to state-run news agency RIA. "He will provide support...
  • US monitored mails, phone calls in Netherlands, says Dutch minister 31-10-2013 08:05 PM

    Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has revealed that he received a letter from the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US confirming the monitoring of mail and phone traffic in the Netherlands. After negative reactions from Spain, Germany and France, the Netherlands had so far...
  • US NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month, claims newspaper 28-10-2013 06:13 PM

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said on Monday, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Spain's government has so far said it was...
  • Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010, says newspapers 28-10-2013 12:21 AM

    A German newspaper said on Sunday that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. Germany received information this week that the US National Security Agency (NSA)...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report 21-10-2013 03:26 PM

    Luxembourg/Paris: France summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency. The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records risked turning into a diplomatic row just as US...
  • Snowden says he took no secret files to Russia: Reports 18-10-2013 12:47 PM

    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he did not bring any of the documents he took from the agency with him to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Snowden told the newspaper he gave all the documents to journalists he met in Hong Kong before flying...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown 02-10-2013 10:30 AM

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of...
  • Edward Snowden travelled to India before 2011: Report 29-08-2013 03:39 PM

    CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America's most closely guarded secrets, had travelled to India before 2011 but did not report the tripduring his background-check process. "The background checkers failed to verify Snowden's account of a past security violation and his work for the CIA, they didn't thoroughly...
  • US admits surveillance operations overstepped legal limits due to 'technical problems' 22-08-2013 11:13 AM

    The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said on Thursday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was "a result of a...
  • US Army judge to sentence WikiLeaks' Bradley Manning on Wednesday 21-08-2013 08:43 AM

    Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of giving classified US files to WikiLeaks, will be told at 10 am EDT (1400 GMT) on Wednesday how much of his life will be spent in a military prison, a US Army spokesman said on Tuesday. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, began deliberating Manning's...
  • Snowden thanks Russians for asylum approval 01-08-2013 10:13 PM

    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden left the transit zone of a Moscow airport and officially entered Russia after authorities granted him asylum for a year, his lawyer said Thursday, a move that suggests the Kremlin isn't shying away from further conflict with the United States. Snowden's whereabouts will be...
  • Obama meets lawmakers on NSA surveillance 01-08-2013 10:07 PM

    President Barack Obama is meeting with lawmakers to discuss surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. The private Oval Office meeting is to discuss concerns about privacy by lawmakers who are pushing to rein in the NSA's authority. Obama's national security team is trying to keep its surveillance powers...
  • Timeline: Edward Snowden's journey 01-08-2013 10:02 PM

    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russian soil, ending weeks of limbo. This is how the story developed: May 20: Edward Snowden, 29, arrives in Hong Kong, just after taking leave from his National Security Agency contracting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. June 5: A...
  • US NSA chief defends surveillance programmes at hacking conference 01-08-2013 03:29 AM

    Las Vegas: National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander jousted with a few hecklers as he defended the US spy agency's surveillance programmes at the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, but largely kept the crowd of cybersecurity experts and hackers on his side. "Read the Constitution!" one heckler shouted at...
  • Will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, says US 26-07-2013 08:55 PM

    Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden. In a letter dated July 23, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden faces do not carry the death penalty and that...
  • Snowden says Google, Facebook, Apple gave direct access to NSA 09-07-2013 05:01 PM

    New Delhi: In the second part of an interview with The Guardian, US whistleblower Edward Snowden's has claimed that companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft got together with the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide 'direct access' to back ends of all of communicating systems. He added the NSA...