Winner, a 25-year-old Air Force veteran, is accused of mailing classified material to an online news outlet. A report Monday in The Intercept details a Russian cyberattack on U.S. election systems.
The agency will scale back its collection of “about” data, messages that are not only traveling to and from a foreign target, but those that mention one.
Eric Holder, who was attorney general when the former NSA contractor leaked highly sensitive documents, said what Snowden did was illegal but that his leak brought up important conversations.
The National Security Agency’s deputy director tells NPR he expects “other shoes to drop” from ex-contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations. But “things have changed a lot” since the leaks, he says.
Ultimately, it’s impossible to know just how successful sweeping surveillance has been, since much of the work is secret. But what has been disclosed so far suggests the programs have been of limited value. Here’s a roundup of what we know.
If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a primer on the changes Congress is considering making to U.S. surveillance practices.
A three-judge panel said Congress did not intend to give the National Security Agency the authority to collect metadata about Americans’ phone records in bulk when lawmakers wrote the Patriot Act.
A tribunal in London has ruled that the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance of cellphone and online communications violated human rights.
Earlier Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took a stand against the bill. Citing the U.S. fight against extremist terrorist group ISIS.
A federal judge in Portland sentenced 23-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud to serve 30 years in prison, on Wednesday, over a 2010 plot to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony.