Snowden has to hand book profits over to US govt, judge rules


18-12-19 08:15:00,

Whatever profits Edward Snowden’s book “Permanent Record” has earned since its September release will need to be handed over to the US government, thanks to a new ruling from a federal judge.

Profits from Edward Snowden’s memoir, ‘Permanent Record,’ must be handed over to the US government, a federal judge has ruled, all because the whistleblower didn’t let intelligence agencies vet the work before its publication.

Judge Liam O’Grady ruled in federal court in Virginia this week that because Snowden did not first submit his book to the NSA or CIA for approval – something government employees with high enough security clearances are forced to do– the US government is entitled to profits from the work, as well as money earned from any paid speeches related to the book.

“The contractual language of the Secrecy Agreements is unambiguous,” O’Grady said in his ruling. “Snowden accepted employment and benefits conditioned upon pre-publication review obligations.”

It should come as little surprise that the man who stands against the US intelligence community spying on its own citizens did not want his book to come under the eyes of that same system in pre-publication.

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Snowden’s lawyer responded to the court’s decision by saying the NSA whistleblower preferred to risk losing potential book earnings in exchange for releasing his story unfiltered and untouched by US government officials.

“It’s far-fetched to believe that the government would have reviewed Mr Snowden’s book, or anything else he submitted, in good faith,” Brett Max Kaufman of the ACLU Center for Democracy said. “For that reason, Mr Snowden preferred to risk his future royalties than to subject his experiences to improper government censorship.”

The US has been trying to prosecute Snowden for espionage since he leaked details about the NSA’s mass electronic surveillance program in 2013,  revealing the government was collecting data on citizens’ phone calls without obtaining individual warrants. Snowden managed to flee the country before being apprehended, and currently resides in Moscow, where he has been granted asylum. 

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Edward Snowden Speaks Out For Julian Assange And Chelsea Manning


15-12-19 10:24:00,

Authored by Adam Dick via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks has been silenced. Assange was prevented from communicating with the outside world in his final 13 months at the Ecuador embassy in London, where he had obtained sanctuary from extradition to the United States. The silencing has continued in a British prison where Assange has been detained pending extradition to the US since British police forcibly removed him from the embassy in April.

Similarly, communication by Chelsea Manning has been much curtailed after Manning reveled United States military secrets. First, Manning served seven years in United States military prison after being convicted for the leak. Released from prison in 2017, Manning has been condemned to jail for most of the time since March of this year for refusing to testify for a grand jury involved in the US government’s effort to prosecute Assange.Manning, a whistleblower, and Assange, a publisher who through WikiLeaks helped make public revelations of government activities provided by Manning and other whistleblowers, are prevented by the US and British governments, respectively, from speaking up on their own behalf. But that does not mean that other individuals cannot speak up for them. In fact, with Assange and Manning’s ability to communicate limited, it is more important than ever that advocates for their freedom speak up on their behalf.

Last week, Edward Snowden, a whistleblower who has since 2013 escaped similar silencing via retaining sanctuary in Russia, spoke up in strong advocacy for Assange and Manning’s freedom. He did so in an interview with Democracy Now host Amy Goodman.

Snowden points out in the interview that the US cases against Assange, Manning, and himself all derive from the Espionage Act, the same Espionage Act that he notes was used against Daniel Ellsberg in the 1970s after Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to media. Pointing as an example to Ellsberg being prevented from even telling a jury at trial why he leaked the Pentagon Papers that revealed the hidden truth about US actions in the Vietnam War, Snowden emphasizes that the Espionage Act “is a special law that absolutely rules out any kind of fair trial.”

Continuing, Snowden discusses in the interview Manning’s revelations of “torture and war crimes,

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Snowden Says Don’t Use WiFi — Here’s Why


18-10-19 07:50:00,

By Naomi Brockwell

Snowden said this:

I wouldn’t use WiFi at home, because global maps of every wireless access point’s unique ID—including yours—are free and constantly updated. I would use ethernet; yes, ethernet on a phone.

Using ethernet on your phone? I explain why you shouldn’t turn your WiFi router on, and why you shouldn’t turn your phone into a hotspot. It’s shocking how unsafe it makes your location. provides an amazing resource for WiFi mapping. They also respect the privacy of anyone who requests their information to be removed from the database. To have records of your access point removed from their database send an email to: WiGLE-admin[at] (please include BSSID (MAC) in removal requests).

Also, append the tag ‘_nomap’ or ‘_optout’ to your SSID to stop other website tracking your location.

HUGE thank you to everyone on Reddit and Twitter who answered my questions about this, and the article on osintcurio which was super helpful!…

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Snowden rips MSM & US politicians for hypocrisy in ‘supporting whistleblowers’


03-10-19 07:42:00,

Surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden took a shot at US politicians, and the media outlets covering them, for failing to consistently support those who come forward with claims of official corruption or wrongdoing.

The famed ex-National Security Agency analyst sent out the criticism in a tweet on Wednesday, arguing that a deluge of recent statements from lawmakers on the virtues of whistleblowing rang hollow in the face of their poor records on the issue. He singled out the ongoing legal case of analyst-turned-leaker Daniel Hale.

“Unbelievable that in a moment where politicians are making daily media statements about ‘supporting whistleblowers,’ the media is not pressing them on the case of Daniel Hale, who is being prosecuted RIGHT NOW for blowing the whistle on enormously controversial drone programs,” Snowden said.

Unbelievable that in a moment where politicians are making daily media statements about “supporting whistleblowers,” the media is not pressing them on the case of Daniel Hale, who is being prosecuted RIGHT NOW for blowing the whistle on enormously controversial drone programs.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 2, 2019

Hale was charged under the Espionage Act in May – which carries a possible death penalty – for his role in leaks of classified material on Washington’s drone program, believed to have been passed to the Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill. While the Department of Justice slammed the leaks as “thievery, not protected speech” earlier this week, Hale’s defense team says the material in question was improperly classified, suggesting the government may have kept it under wraps “solely to protect the Executive Branch from embarrassment.”

Snowden – who was stranded in Russia when his passport was revoked by US officials in 2013 following his own leaks of classified NSA documents – also faces charges under the Espionage Act.

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Snowden’s criticism comes on the heels of impeachment proceedings launched by House Democrats last week over allegations the president tried to coerce his Ukrainian counterpart to target an electoral rival with a corruption probe. The controversy was thrust into the spotlight by a CIA officer working in the White House,

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Edward Snowden, voor altijd ‘Onuitwisbaar’ in ons collectieve geheugen gegrift | Uitpers


27-09-19 06:56:00,

Foto Laura Poitras/CC BY 3:0

In ‘Permanent Record’, vertaald als ‘Onuitwisbaar’, legt Edward Snowden uit hoe een computernerd als hij zonder politieke inzichten of twijfels over zijn eigen land de belangrijkste klokkenluider van het internettijdperk werd. Hij heeft onze visie op het internet ‘onuitwisbaar’ veranderd. Zijn waarschuwing: de strijd voor de bescherming van onze privacy is verre van voorbij.

Vanaf de eerste dag dat zijn revelaties over alle wereldmedia werden verspreid, maakte Edward Snowden duidelijk dat het niet over hemzelf ging maar over zijn boodschap. De regering van zijn land bespioneerde met spitstechnologie niet alleen zijn eigen burgers, maar ook zowat iedereen op aarde met een laptop, een gsm of een bankkaart.

Die massaspionage gebeurde in flagrante overtreding van de eigen Amerikaanse wetgeving, zonder enig overzicht door het parlement en vooral, zonder medeweten of instemming van de bevolking.

Van Hongkong naar Ecuador?

Wekenlang domineerden zijn revelaties het wereldnieuws. Pogingen van de overheid in de VS om hem uitgeleverd te krijgen leidden er toe dat hij geblokkeerd raakte op de luchthaven van Moskou.

Permanent Record

Daar was hij voor een tussenlanding op reis van Hongkong naar Ecuador. Was het doelbewust of een misrekening van de Amerikaanse inlichtingendiensten om net dan in te grijpen en zijn paspoort ongeldig te verklaren?

Snowden ziet de reden voor die miskleun in de totale paniek van de eerste dagen. Hadden ze gewacht tot hij in eender welk vliegtuig vanuit Moskou boven het EU-luchtruim zat, dan hadden ze zijn toestel gewoon naar beneden kunnen halen.


De EU liet zich immers van zijn kleinste, slaafs onderdanige kant zien, toen een paar dagen na zijn aankomst in Moskou het toestel van president Morales van Bolivia werd gedwongen te landen in Oostenrijk omdat de VS vermoedden dat Snowden aan boord zat. Deze actie was een flagrante schending van alle diplomatieke verdragen en overeenkomsten (Morales was net in Moskou op een samenkomst van gasproducerende landen).

Zes jaar later woont Snowden samen met zijn partner Lindsay Mills op een onbekende plaats in Moskou. Het ziet er niet naar uit dat daar in de komende jaren enige verandering in zal komen. Sindsdien werkt hij daar voor bedrijven die software voor internet- en communicatieveiligheid produceren.

Over heel de wereld werden (en worden nog steeds) maatregelen genomen om de privacy van hun burgers en de veiligheid van hun communicatienetwerken beter te garanderen.

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The Snowden Conundrum


20-09-19 10:31:00,

Have you ever had the pleasure of dealing with an agent of the Federal government? For example, have you been audited by the IRS? Did you notice what the “Agent” does to gain access to his (or her) computer—by inserting a “Smart ID” into a slot? Did you ask how your personal information is protected from disclosure or theft? What is to prevent the Agent from copying files to a thumb drive and taking them home?

Regarding the Smart ID, the “HSPD-12” is discussed in this publicly available article; please note the following:

HSPD-12, FIPS 201 and the PIV Card

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), issued by President George W. Bush on August 27, 2004, mandated the establishment of a standard for identification of Federal government employees and contractors. HSPD-12 requires the use of a common identification credential for both logical and physical access to federally controlled facilities and information systems. The Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were tasked with producing a standard for secure and reliable forms of identification. In response, NIST published Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 201 (FIPS 201), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) of Federal Employees and Contractors, issued on February 25, 2005, and a number of special publications that provide more detail on the implementation of the standard.

Both Federal agencies and enterprises have implemented FIPS 201-compliant ID programs and have issued PIV cards. The FIPS 201 PIV card is a smart card with both contact and contactless interfaces that is now being issued to all Federal employees and contractors…

Additional information about FIPS 201 can be found on the Government Identity/Credentialing Resources page, from NIST, and from the Secure Technology Alliance Access Control Council.

If you engage the IRS employee in conversation, remembering the adage you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, you’ll learn the computer cannot be compromised—all data on the device are encrypted; the only access to it is via the Smart ID. Data can be copied to an external “thumb drive” but everything copied will be encrypted; any file on that thumb drive is only readable by that specific device. Wouldn’t this be true of NSA devices as well? Why does Snowden never discuss dealing with such encryption: how would it be possible?

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EVERYONE is on the list: Snowden says no ‘innocents’ in mass surveillance world


18-09-19 08:42:00,

Asked if buying his memoir would get one on a spy list, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden chillingly replied that everyone in the world is on the “list” and there are no innocents in the age of mass surveillance.

Responding to a reader who joked that buying Snowden’s book ‘Permanent Record’ might have put him on a list of people to be spied on, the exiled former intelligence contractor said in all seriousness that everyone is being spied on regardless.

“Systems of mass surveillance strive to record all people, in all places, at all times. The question is no longer ‘Am I on the list?’ it is ‘What’s my rank on the list?’,” Snowden tweeted on Wednesday.

Today, everyone is on the list, no matter how innocent. Systems of mass surveillance strive to record all people, in all places, at all times. The question is no longer “Am I on the list?,” it is “What’s my rank on the list?” #PermanentRecord

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 18, 2019

The former NSA and CIA contractor became a household name in 2013, when he revealed the extent of surveillance by the ‘Five Eyes’ network of US and its allies. He fled to Hong Kong ahead of being charged with espionage and eventually found asylum in Russia.

The US government reacted to the publication of his memoir by filing a civil lawsuit seeking to confiscate all proceeds from it, on grounds that it violates his nondisclosure agreement with the NSA and the CIA. This only helped the book become an instant best-seller.

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Snowden has repeatedly made the case that everyone is being spied on regardless of whether they were actually engaged in any wrongdoing.

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say,” he said during a discussion on Reddit in May 2015. 

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Edward Snowden und die Medien: Benutzt, gepriesen, totgeschwiegen


16-09-19 01:59:00,

Der US-Whistleblower Edward Snowden hat aktuell zahlreiche Interviews gegeben. Das lenkt den Blick auf den Umgang großer Medien mit Info-Aktivisten wie Snowden oder Julian Assange – dieser Umgang ist von Widersprüchlichkeit geprägt: Einerseits werden Snowden und Assange für die Steigerung der Auflagen genutzt, andererseits wird ihnen die Solidarität und das Asylrecht verweigert. Von Tobias Riegel.

Der Umgang westlicher Medien und Politiker mit dem US-Whistleblower Edward Snowden offenbart die Heuchelei um die westliche Pressefreiheit und um die Beurteilung der US-Geheimdienste – so, wie dies auch die Fälle Julian Assange und Chelsea Manning tun. Snowden hat sich aktuell in einer bemerkenswerten Offensive in zahlreichen Interviews geäußert. Am morgigen Dienstag wird er sein Buch „Permanent Record“ in zwanzig Ländern veröffentlichen, darunter in Deutschland beim Fischer Verlag. Aus diesem Anlass hat der Ex-Analyst des US-Geheimdienstes NSA Gespräche geführt, unter anderem mit dem „Deutschlandfunk“, dem ZDF, der „Welt“ (Paywall) und dem „Spiegel“. Da das „Spiegel“-Interview ebenfalls hinter der Bezahlschranke liegt, sollen weiter unten im Text einige zentrale Aussagen Snowdens daraus zitiert werden.

Endlich Asyl für Snowden in Deutschland?

Für die deutsche Debatte besonders interessant sind Snowdens aktuelle Versuche, in Deutschland Asyl zu erhalten, über die etwa „Telepolis“ berichtet. Demnach sagte Snowden der „Welt“:

“Ich glaube, dass jeder, der einigermaßen objektiv auf die Geschichte blickt, erkennen wird, dass, wenn Deutschland mich aufnehmen würde, es inzwischen nicht mehr als ein feindlicher Akt gegen die USA aufgefasst würde. Asyl in der Europäischen Union würde bedeuten, dass Europa für die Vereinigten Staaten eintritt, auch in Augenblicken, wenn diese gerade nicht für sich selbst und ihre Werte einstehen können.“

Keine Gnade für „Verräter“

Die Reaktionen aus Teilen der Politik auf diese zutreffende Analyse sind so erwartungsgemäß wie fragwürdig. So sagte der außenpolitische Sprecher der Unionsfraktion im Bundestag, Jürgen Hardt, der „Verrat“ von Staatsgeheimnissen sei in jedem Land strafbar, „selbst wenn der Verräter ehrenwerte Motive damit verbindet, gefährdet er die Sicherheit seines Landes und in unabsehbarer Weise auch das Leben von eigenen Agenten und Informanten“.

Ähnlich argumentiert der innenpolitische Sprecher der Fraktion, Mathias Middelberg (CDU). Er sehe „nach wie vor keine Gründe für eine Aufnahme von Herrn Snowden in Deutschland“ und habe „keinen Zweifel,

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Snowden: “Most Effective Means Of Social Control In The History Of Our Species” Now In Place


01-06-19 03:50:00,

Authored by Andrea Germanos via Common Dreams

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.

Snowden appeared at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia via livestream from Moscow to give a keynote address for the Canadian university’s Open Dialogue Series.

Right now, he said, humanity is in a sort of “atomic moment” in the field of computer science. “We’re in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability,” Snowden said.

Image source: Laura Poitras

“It’s related to influence that reaches everyone in every place,” he said. “It has no regard for borders. Its reach is unlimited, if you will, but its safeguards are not.” Without such defenses, technology is able to affect human behavior.

Institutions can “monitor and record private activities of people on a scale that’s broad enough that we can say it’s close to all-powerful,” said Snowden. They do this through “new platforms and algorithms,” through which “they’re able to shift our behavior. In some cases they’re able to predict our decisions—and also nudge them—to different outcomes. And they do this by exploiting the human need for belonging.”

“We don’t sign up for this,” he added, dismissing the notion that people know exactly what they are getting into with social media platforms like Facebook.

“How many of you who have a Facebook account actually read the terms of service?” Snowden asked. “Everything has hundreds and hundreds of pages of legal jargon that we’re not qualified to read and assess—and yet they’re considered to be binding upon us.”

“It is through this sort of unholy connection of technology and sort of an unusual interpretation of contract law,” he continued, “that these institutions have been able to transform this greatest virtue of humanity—which is this desire to interact and to connect and to cooperate and to share—to transform all of that into a weakness.”

“And now,” he added, “these institutions, which are both commercial and governmental, have built upon that and…

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Snowden: “Kriegserklärung an den Journalismus”


24-05-19 07:27:00,


Das US-Justizministerium beschuldigt Assange zusätzlich mit 17 Straftaten mit jeweils einer Höchststrafe von 10 Jahren Gefängnis. Es soll ein Exempel statuiert werden

Es war zu erwarten, dass das US-Justizministerium Julian Assange nicht nur wegen Verschwörung zum Einbruch in die Computersysteme anklagen würde, wie bislang bekannt geworden ist. Darauf stünde eine Höchststrafe von 5 Jahren Gefängnis. Zu vermuten war, dass man es Großbritannien oder Schweden erleichtern wollte, Assange auszuliefern. Verwunderlich ist, dass nun schon vor der Auslieferung 17 weitere Anklagen nachgeschoben werden. Assange, so wird gesagt, sei beteiligt an einer der größten Verletzung von Geheimdokumenten in der amerikanischen Geschichte.

Eine Grand Jury hat gestern Assange angeklagt, 18 unterschiedliche Straftaten begangen zu haben, 17 der Straftaten sind neu, meist mit dem Spionagegesetz aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg verbunden. Jede der neuen Straftaten kann mit 10 Jahren Gefängnis bestraft werden. Assange habe als Komplize mit Chelsea Manning kooperiert, um als geheim eingestufte Dokumente gesetzeswidrig zu erhalten und zum Schaden der USA oder zum Vorteil einer ausländischen Macht zu veröffentlichen. Assange habe in Echtzeit mit Manning bei der Übermittlung der Daten kommuniziert und Manning bestärkt, in das Pentagon-Netzwerke zu hacken.

Als Vorwurf wird Assange gemacht, dass mit den Dokumenten auch die Namen von Quellen veröffentlicht wurden, die Informationen an die US-Streitkräfte gegeben haben, was die nationale Sicherheit der USA und die Informanten gefährdet habe. Beteuert wird, dass Assange als unschuldig gilt, solange seine Schuld nicht bewiesen wurde. Die rhetorische Formulierung müsste sich dann eigentlich auch auf die Auslieferung auswirken. Kann man Unschuldige ausliefern? Müssten die USA also die Beweise nicht vorlegen? Vermutlich soll diese Chelsea Manning liefern, die als Zeugin in Beugehaft genommen wurde (Chelsea Manning erneut in Beugehaft, um Aussage gegen Assange zu erzwingen). Über die Beugehaft hinaus muss sie nach dem Richter ab dem 30. Tag, an dem sie nicht aussagt, pro Tag 500 US-Dollar zusätzlich an Strafe zahlen. Nach 60 Tagen wird die Strafe auf 1000 US-Dollar pro Tag erhöht.

Wenn Assange verurteilt würde, müsse er nach dem US-Justizministerium pro Anklage mit einer Höchststrafe von 10 Jahren Gefängnis rechnen, nur für die erste Anklage der Verschwörung zum Eindringen in ein Computersystem wäre die Höchststrafe 5 Jahre. Das würde bedeuten, dass Assange zwar nicht zum Tode verurteilt,

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Edward Snowden: Assange Arrest “Dark Moment For Press Freedom” – One For “The History Books”


12-04-19 06:22:00,

“Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom,” NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden wrote on Twitter in reaction to seeing WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange dragged by UK police from his seven year asylum captivity at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. 

Via Ruptly/Reuters

A bearded, disheveled-looking Assange was filmed being roughly escorted out of the embassy by British police and loaded into a police van. Assange can be seen shouting:

“The UK must resist this attempt by the Trump administration.”

The arrest came, as WikiLeaks predicted, a mere days after the organization was tipped off that Ecuador was preparing to swiftly end Assange’s asylum and hand him over the UK authorities, after which it’s further believed the WikiLeaks founder will be extradited to the United States. 

As we reported Assange’s lawyer has confirmed that he was arrested not solely on charges stemming from skipping bail in the UK, but in connection with an extradition request from the US.

Snowden tweeted that the dramatic images of UK authorities dragging Assange out of the embasy were a “dark moment for press freedom.”

He further commented that a publisher of “award-winning journalism” being arrested and thrown into a security van would “end up in the history books.”

Images of Ecuador’s ambassador inviting the UK’s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of–like it or not–award-winning journalism out of the building are going to end up in the history books. Assange’s critics may cheer, but this is a dark moment for press freedom.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) April 11, 2019

Notably Snowden pointed to the presence of UK “secret police” as part of the operation, some of which had been filmed staking out near the front door of the embassy in the days leading up to the arrest. 

Snowden referenced a video of a journalist approaching what was believed to be a pair UK plain clothed secret police, who staged themselves as disinterested civilians casually smoking on a street corner. 

For the folks reflexively saying “there weren’t any secret police!”, here’s the reporter who was on the ground saying some of the arresting officers had been staking out the embassy in plain clothes for days.

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‘Never forget what they did here’: Snowden vents dismay at EU copyright reform


26-03-19 02:08:00,

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has decried the EU’s decision to pass highly controversial copyright reform in a move that critics argue clamps down on free speech.

Shortly after the European Parliament voted to adopt Article 13 on Tuesday, Snowden, who currently resides in Russia, tweeted his disgust at the decision to pass a directive that will shift responsibility onto web platforms to enforce copyright law more stringently.

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Tweeting in German, Snowden took aim at Germany’s ruling CDU/CSU alliance, urging people to punish the parties at the ballot box.

“Never forget what they did here. Since @CDU_CSU_EP voted for never more internet freedom, the internet must never vote for more @CDU_CSU_EP. #nieMehrCDU,” he wrote.

The US government fugitive also took the opportunity to aim a barb at the EU for standing by the US and effectively exiling the whistleblower.

My German would be better if I could live there. ;]

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 26, 2019

For the most part, Snowden received widespread support for his criticism of Germany’s ruling parties, which despite at least alluding to an attempt at postponing the Article 13 vote, failed to prevent it from passing.

Definitely, May 26th are european elections. We will remember how our “representatives” treated our opinions and then went to a lobby dinner the night before the vote.

— BiONiC (@Daniel_Toe) March 26, 2019

Just a kick in the face for all those 5 million people who signed the petition and those 200.000 demonstrators (including me) in Germany on Saturday. Not what you expect from a “Volkspartei” (people’s party) #NieMehrCDU

— console.log(“Mossi”); (@DerEchteMossi) March 26, 2019


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Snowden: Mit Blockchain wird die Welt zum Glashaus


24-11-18 08:16:00,

Eine Live-Schaltung mit Edward Snowden bei einer Veranstaltung in Norwegen. (Foto: dpa)

Eine Live-Schaltung mit Edward Snowden. (Foto: dpa)


Edward Snowden: Blockchains drohen die Welt zu transparent zu machen

Seit Edward Snowden nach Russland flüchtete, erschien der weltbekannte Whistleblower in zahlreichen Interviews und Gesprächen rund um den Globus. Viele haben den ehemaligen NSA-Auftragnehmer nach seinen Gedanken zur Blockchain-Technologie gefragt.

In einem längeren Gespräch mit seinem Rechtsberater Ben Wizner sprach Snowden nun vom Wert der Blockchain-Technologie. Er verglich Blockchains mit einer „neuen Form von Datenbank“ und veranschaulichte das Problem, das von Blockchains gelöst wird, mit einem einzigen Wort: Vertrauen.

„Stellen Sie sich vor, dass anders als der heutigen Welt, wo öffentlich wichtige Daten oft exklusiv aufbewahrt werden, sie sich stattdessen an tausend Orten in hundert Jurisdiktionen befinden“, so Snowden.

Es gebe dann keinen Mechanismus, die Daten zu entfernen, und um einen zu schaffen, sei es notwendig, einen globalen Konsens von mindestens 51 Prozent des Netzwerks zu erreichen, um die Regeln zu ändern.

Weiter sagte Snowden, dass „Geld natürlich das beste und bekannteste Beispiel ist, wo Blockchains nachweislich sinnvoll sind“, was ihn logischerweise zum Thema Bitcoin führte. Kryptowährungen seien das weltweit erste „freie Geld“, die ihren Wert durch die Notwendigkeit von Transaktionen ohne Vermittler erhalten.

Snowden hat seine Vorliebe für die Privatsphäre beibehalten und brachte in dem Gespräch auch die Kryptowährungen Monero und ZCash ins Spiel, wobei er Monero bevorzugt, weil die Transaktionen dort standardmäßig privat sind.

Abschließend sagte Snowden seinem Anwalt, der derzeitige Konsensmechanismus von Bitcoin sei fehlerhaft. Er fügte hinzu, dass diese Protokolle „destruktiv sind und das Spiel zugunsten der Reichen einschränken“, während der Anstieg der Blockchains in eine über-transparente Welt führen könnte, in der alles nachvollziehbar ist.

Weitere Meldungen

Börse VNX startet Partnerschaft mit Universität Luxemburg

  • Die in Luxemburg ansässige Börse VNX Exchange hat eine Partnerschaft mit der Universität Luxemburg angekündigt, um die Sicherheit digitaler Assets zu verbessern.
  • VNX Exchange behauptet, den weltweit ersten Sekundärmarkt mithilfe der Blockchain-Technologie für Venture-Capital-Investitionen aufzubauen.
  • Forscher des Interdisziplinären Zentrums für Sicherheit, Zuverlässigkeit und Vertrauen (SnT) der Universität Luxemburg wollen einen sicheren Markt schaffen, indem sie ein höheres Maß an Netzwerksicherheit für Krypto-Assets schaffen.

Krypto-Börse Bitex startet in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten

  • Bitex wurde offiziell als neustes digitales Asset Exchange der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) eingeführt.

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Edward Snowden: Saudi used Israel spyware to target Khashoggi


08-11-18 08:39:00,

US whistle-blower Edward Snowden yesterday claimed that Saudi Arabia used Israeli spyware to target murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Addressing a conference in Tel Aviv via a video link, Snowden claimed that software made by an Israeli cyber intelligence firm was used by Saudi Arabia to track and target Khashoggi in the lead up to his murder on 2 October inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Snowden told his audience: “How do they [Saudi Arabia] know what his [Khashoggi’s] plans were and that they needed to act against him? That knowledge came from the technology developed by NSO,” Israeli business daily Globes reported. Snowden accused NSO of “selling a digital burglary tool,” adding it “is not just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks, not just for saving lives, but for making money […] such a level of recklessness […] actually starts costing lives,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

Snowden – made famous in 2013 for leaking classified National Security Agency (NSA) files and exposing the extent of US surveillance – added that “Israel is routinely at the top of the US’ classified threat list of hackers along with Russia and China […] even though it is an ally”. Snowden is wanted in the US for espionage, so could not travel to Tel Aviv to address the conference in person for fear of being handed over to the authorities.

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The Israeli firm to which Snowden referred – NSO Group Technologies – is known for developing the “Pegasus” software which can be used to remotely infect a target’s mobile phone and then relay back data accessed by the device. Although NSO claims that its products “are licensed only to legitimate government agencies for the sole purpose of investigating and preventing crime and terror,” this is not the first time its Pegasus software has been used by Saudi Arabia to track critics.

In October it was revealed that Saudi Arabia used Pegasus software to eavesdrop on 27-year-old Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz, a prominent critic of the Saudi government on social media. The revelation was made by Canadian research group Citizen Lab,

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Edward Snowden: 5 years in Russia and still relevant as ever

Edward Snowden: 5 years in Russia and still relevant as ever

03-08-18 05:10:00,

In writing about several projects such as the Crimea Bridge, the Russia-Sakhalin Bridge, The Sakhalin-Japan bridge, and the dreams of the Bering Strait bridge/tunnel.

I have yet to discuss the two new bridges under construction over the Amur River between Russia and China, which are now close to completion stages.

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The Chinese name for the Amur River, Heilong Jiang, means Black Dragon River, and its Mongolian name, Khar Mörön, means Black River. The eastern border section is over 4,000 kilometers long.

Presently, three railway lines cross the entire Russo-Chinese border. The two railway border crossings at Zabaikalsk/Manzhouli and Suifenhe/Grodekovo are over a century old, brought into existence by the original design of Russia’s Trans Siberian Railway that took a shortcut across Manchuria (the Chinese Eastern Railway). The third railway crossing, near Hunchun/Makhalino, operated between 2000 and 2004, was then closed for a few years, and only recently was partially reopened.

Construction has started a while ago on a cross-border Amur River railway bridge near Tongjiang/Nizhneleninskoye, which will become the fourth and the key railway border crossing of the Russian Far East. In fact, it is the only one so far in that vast region.

Not a lot has been reported in our English language press, nonetheless these bridges are key insofar as they represent the first that connect Russia and China by road and rail in what was previously an unbroken 3,000+ kilometer transportation void.

The only ways to cross along this border-defining river was either by ferries, or over the winter ice by truck at one of the few border checkpoints along that huge expanse. The choices did not leave much room for freight or serious recurring trade.

Numerous metaphors arise from the concept of bridge building, not all of which concern bricks and mortar. For example Isaac Newton famously said, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”, or Nikita Khrushchev who observed, “Politicians are the same all over.

They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers”. There are many such sayings; even fortune cookies have a “wise men build bridges but fools build walls”. Perhaps the best I heard here in Moscow is “Build a bridge and get over it” which seemed to me to be especially apt given our times and  the geopolitical reality show once called diplomacy.

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Edward Snowden: “The People Are Still Powerless… But Now They’re Aware”

Edward Snowden: “The People Are Still Powerless… But Now They’re Aware”

06-06-18 07:32:00,

Authored by Ewan MacAskill and Alex Hern via The Guardian,

Five years after historic NSA leaks, the whistleblower tells the Guardian he has no regrets…

Edward Snowden has no regrets five years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the US. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his revelations of mass surveillance have rocked governments, intelligence agencies and major internet companies.

In a phone interview to mark the anniversary of the day the Guardian broke the story, he recalled the day his world – and that of many others around the globe – changed for good. He went to sleep in his Hong Kong hotel room and when he woke, the news that the National Security Agency had been vacuuming up the phone data of millions of Americans had been live for several hours.

Snowden knew at that moment his old life was over. “It was scary but it was liberating,” he said. “There was a sense of finality. There was no going back.”

What has happened in the five years since? He is one of the most famous fugitives in the world, the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, a Hollywood movie, and at least a dozen books. The US and UK governments, on the basis of his revelations, have faced court challenges to surveillance laws. New legislation has been passed in both countries. The internet companies, responding to a public backlash over privacy, have made encryption commonplace.

Snowden, weighing up the changes, said some privacy campaigners had expressed disappointment with how things have developed, but he did not share it.

“People say nothing has changed: that there is still mass surveillance. That is not how you measure change. Look back before 2013 and look at what has happened since. Everything changed.”

The most important change, he said, was public awareness.

“The government and corporate sector preyed on our ignorance. But now we know. People are aware now. People are still powerless to stop it but we are trying.

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Snowden über Facebook: “Überwachungsfirma, die in Social-Media umbenannt wurde”

Snowden über Facebook: “Überwachungsfirma, die in Social-Media umbenannt wurde”

30-03-18 10:15:00,

Dass Donald Trump die US-Präsidentenwahl auch dank der Hilfe von Datenanalysten gewann, war bereits bekannt. Zwar geht Facebook jetzt gegen das Unternehmen vor, das ihm dabei geholfen haben soll. Doch so unschuldig ist Facebook nicht, wie es tut.

Der ehemalige NSA-Mitarbeiter und Whistleblower Edward Snowden kritisiert Facebook scharf. In einem Tweet am Samstag schreibt Snowden:

Unternehmen, die durch das Sammeln und Verkaufen von detaillierten Aufzeichnungen über das Privatleben Geld verdienen, wurden früher einfach als ‘Überwachungsunternehmen’ bezeichnet. Ihr Rebranding als ‘Social Media’ ist die erfolgreichste Täuschung, seit das Kriegsministerium zum Verteidigungsministerium wurde.

Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) 17. März 2018

Hintergrund der Snowden-Schelte ist die Affäre um das britische Unternehmen Cambridge Analytica. Facebook hatte die Datenanalyse-Firma, der eine wichtige Rolle beim Wahlsieg von Donald Trump nachgesagt wird, ausgesperrt. Cambridge Analytica und ihre Dachgesellschaft SCL hätten entgegen früheren Zusicherungen bis 2015 gesammelte Informationen über Facebook-Nutzer nicht gelöscht, erklärte das Online-Netzwerk am Wochenende zur Begründung.

Hillary Clinton bei CNN, New York, USA, 14. April 2018.

Cambridge Analytica soll der Trump-Kampagne entscheidend dabei geholfen haben, mit als Werbung geschalteten gezielten Botschaften bei Facebook dessen Anhänger zu mobilisieren und zugleich potenzielle Wähler der Gegenkandidatin Hillary Clinton vom Urnengang abzubringen.

Umfragen-App als Datensauger

Über das Ausmaß des Datenzugriffs gibt es jedoch unterschiedliche Angaben. Die New York Times berichtete am Wochenende unter Berufung auf frühere Mitarbeiter von Cambridge Analytica, die Firma habe Zugriff auf Daten von mehr als 50 Millionen Facebook-Mitgliedern ohne deren Zustimmung erhalten. Aus den Erklärungen von Facebook geht allerdings hervor, dass beim absoluten Großteil dieser Nutzer nur Grund-Informationen zum Profil zugänglich gewesen seien.

Vertieftes Wissen erhielt Cambridge Analytica laut Facebook aber über Menschen, die eine die 270.000 Mal herungeladene Umfragen-App ausfüllten. Die scheinbar harmlose Umfrage mit dem Namen “thisisyoudigitallife” versprach Nutzern einen Persönlichkeitstest. Ihr Initiator, Professor Alexandr Kogan von der Cambridge-Universität, habe dafür von den Nutzern die Erlaubnis zum Zugriff auf ihre Informationen erhalten.

Die Umfrage war als wissenschaftliche Forschung deklariert. In weiterer Folge habe aber Kogan “uns belogen” und Daten an Cambridge Analytica und SCL sowie den Datenanalytiker Christopher Wylie weitergegeben,

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Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

24-12-17 05:17:00,

RÜCKBLICK: Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten

Dieses Interview wurde von acTVism Munich am 15. Januar 2017 in München durchgeführt und aufgrund technischer Schwierigkeiten in mehreren Teilen veröffentlicht. Daher wird es heute als vollständige Version nochmals bereitgestellt.

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Edward Snowden ist ein ehemaliger Geheimdienstmitarbeiter, der über fast ein Jahrzehnt der CIA, NSA und DIA als Fachexperte für Technologie und Cybersicherheit diente. Im Jahr 2013 enthüllte er, wie die NSA, ohne den Verdacht auf jegliches Fehlverhalten, private Aufzeichnungen von Milliarden von Menschen beschlagnahmte, was zu den erheblichsten Reformen der U.S.-Überwachungspolitik seit 1978 führte. Er hat Auszeichnungen für Mut, Integrität und öffentlichen Dienst erhalten und wurde von „Foreign Policy“ als weltweit führender Denker des Jahres 2013 bezeichnet.

Heute arbeitet er an Methoden zur Durchsetzung von Menschenrechten durch die Anwendung und Entwicklung neuer Technologien. Seit Februar 2014 ist er Teil des Vorstands der „Freedom of the Press Foundation“. Er wurde dafür mehrfach von nichtstaatlichen Organisationen ausgezeichnet und für den Friedensnobelpreis nominiert.





RÜCKBLICK: Das Edward Snowden Interview in München, dem die deutschen Medien keinerlei Aufmerksamkeit schenkten


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