NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden

Canada’s government curtly dismisses concerns over blanket spying

By Keith Jones, 6 February 2014

Canada’s Conservative government and its intelligence agencies are vigorously defending the state’s arrogation of the power to spy on Canadians’ electronic communications.

Tech company “transparency reports” reveal massive NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 5 February 2014

The data, which cover only a small portion of surveillance operations, show the NSA requested content from tens of thousands of accounts during the first half of 2013.

Guardian reveals threats of imprisonment and closure over Snowden leaks

By Robert Stevens, 4 February 2014

On July 20 last year, the British government sent two security service agents to the Guardian’s London office to oversee the destruction of hard drives and memory cards containing encrypted files from Edward Snowden.

CSEC and Harper government assert right to spy on Canadians

By Keith Jones, 4 February 2014

The CSEC has declared it has the unfettered right to systematically collect and analyze the metadata from Canadians’ electronic communications.

Australian government joins international witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2014

The attacks on Snowden by Abbott and Bishop demonstrate the utter servility of the Australian government to Washington.

Obama names advocate of cyber-warfare to head NSA

By Eric London, 3 February 2014

By appointing Admiral Michael Rogers to head the NSA, President Obama will further entrench and expand the unconstitutional police state apparatus.

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”

By Ed Hightower, 31 January 2014

Among those who attacked Snowden this week was Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who, as a result of the NSA leaks, has been shown to have committed perjury.

Australian PM denounces Edward Snowden as a “traitor”

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 January 2014

Tony Abbott’s accusations against Snowden were made in the course of a McCarthy-style attack on the ABC.

Obama administration announces new deal with tech companies on NSA spying

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2014

New rules slightly modify an existing “gag order,” allowing telecommunications companies to make limited disclosures about surveillance orders they receive from the government.

New report reveals

NSA, GCHQ mapping “political alignment” of cellphone users

By Eric London, 28 January 2014

New revelations from Edward Snowden show that the US and UK governments are trawling data from cellphone users' "apps" to obtain detailed information on their private lives.

US media blacks out Snowden interview exposing death threats

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2014

German television’s broadcast of the first extended on-air interview with NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden was largely blacked out by the US media.

Defend Edward Snowden!

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2014

Those threatening to kill Snowden are themselves guilty of the massive crimes that have been exposed by the former NSA contractor.

US officials “want to kill me,” warns Edward Snowden

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2014

“These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me,” the former NSA contractor said in an interview broadcast by Germany’s ARD television network.

Report confirms illegality of NSA bulk-collection programs

By Eric London, 27 January 2014

A report published by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board reflects official fears that the spying programs are generating deep opposition amongst the public.

Australian foreign minister slanders Edward Snowden

By Patrick O’Connor, 25 January 2014

Julie Bishop’s statements point to Australian imperialism’s role as the junior partner of the United States.

Democratic rights and the defense of Edward Snowden

By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 24 January 2014

In the wake of Obama’s speech on NSA spying programs, the American political establishment is escalating its witch-hunt of whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Snowden defends his exposure of NSA’s mass spying in online chat

By Ed Hightower, 24 January 2014

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions online Thursday posted by an audience via Twitter.

Democrats, Republicans back Obama’s police state spying

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2014

Leading congressmen of both parties have applauded the speech Obama gave Friday defending mass spying by the National Security Agency.

Apologists for NSA redouble witch-hunt of Edward Snowden

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2014

The real content of Obama’s “reform” of the NSA was made clear Sunday when politicians of both parties followed his lead and renewed the witch-hunt of Edward Snowden.

Meeting at Toronto’s York University on implications of Snowden/CSEC spying revelations

20 January 2014

SEP (Canada) National Secretary Keith Jones will speak Thursday, January 23 on the implications of the global police-state spying operations.

Obama defends police state spying

By Eric London and Barry Grey, 18 January 2014

As Obama’s speech underscored, for the US ruling elite, the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are virtually dead letters.

Canada’s spy agencies lied to the courts

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 18 January 2014

The Canadian state’s principal spy agencies have been found by a senior federal judge to have “systematically” omitted and concealed information in numerous warrant applications

NSA collects nearly 200 million phone text messages a day

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 January 2014

The US National Security Agency has been intercepting and permanently storing billions of messages sent by ordinary people around the world.

Obama’s NSA “reform” defends illegal spying

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2014

The Obama White House is preparing an NSA “reform” that is aimed at institutionalizing illegal spying while suppressing future whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

US government signals it will not sign no-spying agreement with Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 16 January 2014

The Obama administration is not willing to forgo its spying on German government officials and extensive monitoring activities in Germany.

Obama administration moves to freeze lawsuit challenging spying programs

By Eric London, 13 January 2014

The pseudo-legal arguments used by the Obama administration to prevent the disclosure of state surveillance programs demonstrate the hostility of the political establishment to the democratic rights enumerated in the US Constitution.

Father of slain Boston bombing witness releases letter to Obama accusing FBI of murder

By Nick Barrickman and Barry Grey, 6 January 2014

In the letter, the elder Todashev accused the FBI of murdering his son in order to prevent him from testifying in court.

NSA does not deny spying on US Congress

By Patrick Martin, 6 January 2014

The declaration that “Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons” should be read as a confirmation of the unlimited scope of the NSA’s spying operations.

US appeals court upholds suppression of legal memo approving collection of phone records

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2014

A three-judge panel, including a new Obama appointee, agreed to keep secret the government’s legal rationale for the collection of consumer telephone data.

New York Times proposes clemency for Snowden: An exercise in damage control

By Eric London, 4 January 2014

The editorial “Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower” is a belated acknowledgment of the massive popular support for the man who exposed the NSA’s totalitarian operations.

Snowden reveals massive National Security Agency hacking unit

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2013

Among the TAO’s “most productive operations” is the direct interception of new PCs and other computer accessories ordered by individuals targeted by the NSA.

The pseudo-legal arguments for a police state

By Tom Carter, 31 December 2013

US District Judge William H. Pauley’s ruling in the case of ACLU v. Clapper on December 27, which sanctions NSA surveillance of the telephone records of the entire country’s population, has immense significance for democratic rights.

Swedish intelligence service spying on Russia for US National Security Agency

By Jordan Shilton, 30 December 2013

The deepening connections of Swedish intelligence services with the US and Britain over the past decade have coincided with the country’s formal abandonment of its posture of neutrality.

Australian Greens initiate Senate inquiry to whitewash mass surveillance

By Mike Head, 30 December 2013

The inquiry is about updating and boosting the powers of the security apparatus.

Federal judge rules NSA phone data collection is legal

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2013

The court decision upheld the constitutionality of a program that, in the judge’s words, “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States.”

US government steps up attack on exposure of NSA spying

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2013

The report issued last week by a White House panel on US surveillance programs has set the stage for an intensified effort to suppress any further revelations of illegal government spying.

Canada’s foreign minister calls on Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities

By Keith Jones, 23 December 2013

Canada’s foreign minister has called on US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to surrender to US authorities and face prosecution—action that Baird knows full well could result in Snowden being executed for treason.

East Timor takes Australia to International Court of Justice over ASIO raids

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 December 2013

East Timor has asked the court to rule that the seizure of legal documents by Australia’s spy agency violated the country’s sovereignty and breached international law.

Latest Snowden revelations expose Obama’s lies on NSA spy programs

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2013

President Obama used an end-of-the-year press conference to deliver an Orwellian defense of the massive spying operations of the National Security Agency.

Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 19 December 2013

The report released Wednesday by the Obama administration’s hand-picked panel proposes minor reforms aimed at legitimizing the government’s illegal spying programs.

Edward Snowden’s open letter sparks asylum debate in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 19 December 2013

In an “Open letter to the Brazilian people,” the former NSA contractor expressed his desire to help expose the agency’s crimes and cited Washington’s efforts to silence him.

“Almost Orwellian”: US Judge indicts NSA spying

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2013

The ruling by Judge Richard Leon, while doing nothing to curb the NSA’s mass spying operations, nonetheless acknowledges that they embody the methods of a police state.

Federal judge holds NSA telephone surveillance unconstitutional

By John Burton, 17 December 2013

A federal judge in Washington, DC has ruled that the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

White House-backed panel to call for cosmetic changes to illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 14 December 2013

A hand-picked panel is due to submit recommendations to the White House this weekend, part of efforts to ensure the continuation of mass spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden.

New documents expose more NSA programs

By Robert Stevens, 14 December 2013

The new documents were released as the European Union agreed to allow Edward Snowden to give evidence by video link to its committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs.

Canadian spy agency set up covert sites worldwide at NSA’s request

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 14 December 2013

A top-secret US National Security Agency (NSA) memo leaked by Edward Snowden provides evidence of the extent to which the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) functions as an intimate partner of the NSA.

Millions caught in cell phone tracking by US police agencies

By Joseph Kishore, 10 December 2013

Revelations that US police agencies work with phone companies to spy on calls and track movements follow reports that the NSA collects billions of phone records daily.

Canadian Conservatives’ cyber-bullying bill—a pretext for expanding police surveillance

By Dylan Lubao, 10 December 2013

Under legislation now before parliament, Canada’s Conservative government is seeking to greatly expand the state’s power to spy on Canadians’ use of the Internet, including authorizing warrantless investigations of Internet activity.

Australian government threatens lawyer with charges over Timor spying revelations

By Mike Head, 5 December 2013

The extraordinary threat underscores how far the government will go to prevent further exposures of the vast US-Australia surveillance network.

US tracks billions of cell phone location records daily

By Eric London, 5 December 2013

New revelations from Edward Snowden reveal that the US government collects five billion pieces of data per day on the exact location and movement of cell phone users across the globe.

Facing threat of prosecution, Guardian editor testifies before UK parliament

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

British officials are threatening the Guardian over its decision to publish exposures of intelligence agencies’ electronic spying against the people.

Canada facilitated NSA spying on 2010 G8 and G20 summits

By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 3 December 2013

With the support of the Communications Security Establishment Canada, the NSA spied on the 2010 G8 and G20 summits held in Ontario, Canada.

Australian media denounces exposure of Indonesia spying operations

By Will Morrow, 3 December 2013

Under the banner of the so-called war on terror, the mainstream media has embraced its role as an effective auxiliary arm of the state.

Snowden document confirms US-backed mass surveillance in Australia

By Mike Head, 3 December 2013

The leaked document shows that the Australian Signals Directorate monitors the domestic population, as well as the people and governments of many Asian countries.

East Timorese government prepares legal case over Australian spying

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 November 2013

Evidence of espionage will form part of Timor’s efforts to revise a treaty sanctioning Australia’s unlawful claim to lucrative oil and gas revenues.

Indian workers and students defend Edward Snowden

By our reporters, 29 November 2013

WSWS supporters in India campaigned over the past month in support of Snowden in Chennai, Neyveli and Bangalore.

New Snowden document reveals NSA’s international malware operation

By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2013

Based on information supplied by Edward Snowden, it is clear that the US government and its global partners are the primary distributors of malware in the world.

Indonesia maintains suspended relations with Australia as spying allegations widen

By Mike Head, 27 November 2013

President Yudhoyono’s announcement came amid sharply rising strategic tensions across region triggered by the US “pivot” to Asia.

Obama administration defends NSA against civil liberties lawsuit

By John Burton, 26 November 2013

Administration lawyers used the standard “war on terror” pretext to justify the NSA’s collection of telephone data on virtually every person in the United States.

NSA strategy document envisions unrestrained global surveillance

By Tom Carter, 26 November 2013

An NSA strategy document envisions spying on “anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

Australian public broadcaster threatened over Indonesia spying revelations

By Will Morrow, 25 November 2013

The ABC faces the threat of a witch-hunt similar to that waged in Britain against the Guardian.

Indonesian protests over Australia spying revelations

By Peter Symonds, 22 November 2013

Indonesian president Yudhoyono has suspended military and intelligence sharing with Australia in a bid to contain widespread public anger at home.

US Congress moves to legalize unconstitutional surveillance programs

By Eric London, 22 November 2013

Competing bipartisan bills introduced in recent weeks seek to codify NSA surveillance programs as the ruling elite prepares for popular opposition to its policies.

Australian spying on Indonesian president provokes diplomatic storm

By Peter Symonds, 19 November 2013

Indonesia’s government has already recalled its ambassador to Canberra and is threatening to downgrade diplomatic and intelligence-sharing arrangements.

UK public meetings: Defend Edward Snowden! Oppose Britain’s surveillance state!

19 November 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the UK are holding a series of meetings in defence of Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor.

New Delhi downplays evidence of extensive NSA spying targeting India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 14 November 2013

The Indian government’s failure to lodge any official protest against US National Security Agency operations targeting Indian officials and diplomatic missions has drawn critical comment even from sections of India’s right-wing press.

British MP presses for criminal charges against the Guardian newspaper

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2013

The British government is stepping up attacks on the Guardian newspaper for its publishing of revelations of mass surveillance by US and UK spy agencies.

Snowden revelations lead to decline in support for US in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 12 November 2013

The percentage of Germans who consider the United States to be a reliable partner has fallen from 50 percent in July to just 35 percent today.

David Miranda challenges his detention under Terrorism Act at High Court

By Robert Stevens, 9 November 2013

At the High Court, every attempt was made to slur whistle-blower Edward Snowden as a criminal and to tar journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda.

CIA pays AT&T to spy on phone data

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2013

The report of the CIA-AT&T operation exposes a new layer of state-corporate spying that overlaps with massive NSA electronic surveillance of the population.

UK intelligence defends mass surveillance as Britain is accused of spying on Germany

By Chris Marsden, 8 November 2013

The first-ever parliamentary questioning of the chiefs of all three security and intelligence services was an exercise in slavish adoration.

Obama administration pledges to continue illegal spying programs

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2013

The US administration has responded to the spying revelations by insisting that the programs will go forward, and intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The NSA spy scandal and the attack on press freedom

By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2013

The capitalist oligarchy, terrified of popular opposition to attacks on democratic rights and its policies of obscene self-enrichment, sees press freedom as an unacceptable threat.

NSA spying revelations exacerbate Australian-Indonesian tensions

By Peter Symonds, 6 November 2013

Indonesia’s foreign minister questioned intelligence sharing arrangements with Canberra following revelations of electronic spying from the Australian and US embassies in Jakarta.

Australian spy agencies central to NSA’s “pivot to Asia”

By Peter Symonds, 5 November 2013

The NSA surveillance operations are seamlessly connected to US preparations for cyber-war and military conflict against China.

German media, political parties debate granting Snowden asylum

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2013

The issue of the basic democratic right to asylum plays an entirely subordinate role in the debate in Germany on the plight of Edward Snowden.

US, UK governments defend police-state spying

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2013

The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization of Edward Snowden and his supporters.

European agencies, NSA collaborate on mass spying against European population

By Alejandro López, 4 November 2013

Reports based on documents provided by Edward Snowden show that European intelligence agencies have also set up the surveillance infrastructure of a police state.

The political implications of the NSA exposures

By Joseph Kishore, 2 November 2013

Underlying the crisis over the latest NSA revelations is a deep fear within the ruling elite over the political consequences of exposures of its global spying apparatus.

New threats against the Guardian newspaper and Snowden in Westminster debate

By Chris Marsden, 2 November 2013

Following UK Prime Minister David Cameron's threats against the Guardian this week, further parliamentary debate has made clear that the three main parties are intent on suppressing evidence of mass surveillance.

Edward Snowden ready to provide testimony in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 2 November 2013

In a statement presented Friday by German Green Party parliamentary deputy Hans-Christian Ströbele, Snowden said he had “witnessed systemic violations of law by my government that created a moral duty to act.”

Fresh revelations of Canada’s role in NSA’s global spying network

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 2 November 2013

In partnership with the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Canadian state’s eavesdropping agency conducts covert spying operations against foreign governments and diplomatic missions using clandestine listening posts housed in Canadian embassies and consulates.

German Left Party reacts to NSA spying scandal with call for stronger secret services

By Christoph Dreier, 2 November 2013

The Left Party has joined official German and international political circles calling for a strengthening of Germany’s counter-intelligence capacities.

US, Australia face backlash over spy operations in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2013

The latest NSA leaks have exposed US and Australian listening posts in diplomatic missions throughout Asia.

NSA affair strains German-US relations

By Peter Schwarz, 1 November 2013

High-ranking German and European politicians are currently flocking to Washington in an attempt to limit the effects of the NSA bugging scandal.

Secret NSA program gains “bulk access” to Google, Yahoo data centers

By Alex Lantier, 31 October 2013

The latest report on NSA surveillance shatters claims by the Obama administration and American legislators that US agencies respect privacy rights and operate under strict legal oversight.

Diplomatic crisis grows over NSA spying in Europe

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro López, 31 October 2013

EU officials rejected NSA chief General Keith Alexander’s claims that the NSA relied entirely on European intelligence agencies to carry out its espionage operations.

Australian government maintains ban on Chinese telecommunications firm

By Patrick O’Connor, 31 October 2013

It appears that the Obama administration intervened to ensure that Beijing cannot cut across its surveillance operations in Australia.

US spy chiefs defend wiretapping of foreign leaders, mass surveillance programs

By Barry Grey, 30 October 2013

The hearing was jointly staged by the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the ranking Democrat to provide a platform for Clapper and Alexander to defend their spy agencies.

The global NSA spying scandal

By Joseph Kishore, 30 October 2013

Over the course of the past week, the Obama administration has been rocked by an escalating international diplomatic scandal sparked by a new series of revelations from Edward Snowden.

Amid new revelations of NSA spying on Europe

German press, politicians warn of rupture in US-German relations

By Ulrich Rippert, 29 October 2013

The NSA reportedly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in December alone.

NSA head demands end to spying revelations

By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2013

Alexander’s statements underscore the prevalence within the highest echelons of the American state of a police state mentality that is utterly hostile to any conception of democratic rights.

Scandal grows over NSA wiretapping of German Chancellor Merkel

By Alex Lantier, 28 October 2013

The surveillance is aimed above all at working populations in North America and Europe, where there is rising anger over the imperialist wars and social cuts demanded by the ruling class.

NSA wiretapping scandal dominates European Union summit

By Christoph Dreier, 26 October 2013

The EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday was dominated by discussion of the NSA bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

Germany charges US with tapping Chancellor Merkel’s cell phone

By Peter Schwarz, 25 October 2013

The German foreign minister officially summoned the US ambassador to answer charges that the NSA bugged the chancellor's cell phone.

UK government uses parliament to accuse Guardian newspaper of treason

By Robert Stevens, 25 October 2013

Tuesday’s parliamentary debate over the Guardian’s publication of Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass state surveillance was used to threaten the newspaper with prosecution.

New evidence of NSA spying on France, Mexico

By Thomas Gaist, 22 October 2013

Documents obtained by Le Monde from Edward Snowden expose massive spying operations run by the NSA against US allies.

The witch-hunt of Britain’s Guardian newspaper

By Julie Hyland, 22 October 2013

The concerted campaign by the British government to silence the Guardian newspaper, due to its publication of the Edward Snowden revelations, is indicative of the move toward dictatorial forms of rule by the ruling elite.

Australian agency integrated into NSA spying operations

By Peter Symonds, 21 October 2013

Australian spy agencies are directly involved in the “harvesting” of millions of email address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services.

NSA surveillance programs facilitate global drone war

By Thomas Gaist, 18 October 2013

New documents released by Edward Snowden detail the NSA’s central role in locating targets for CIA drone strikes.