NSA spying and the 2013 revelations of Edward Snowden
By Richard Phillips, 17 October 2013
Labor’s response to Edward Snowden’s revelations was to stonewall while pushing to give Australian intelligence agencies wider powers.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 October 2013
New documents released by Edward Snowden have exposed yet another aspect of the US government's vast surveillance operations.
Watchdog group issues damning report on Obama administration’s war on journalists and whistleblowers
By Thomas Gaist, 14 October 2013
A report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) details the administration’s systematic intimidation of critics and reporters.
By Robert Stevens, 14 October 2013
The witch-hunt against Edward Snowden and the Guardian are a blatant attempt to criminalise any media coverage, even slightly critical of the spy agencies, as a part of overall plans to clamp down on press freedoms.
By Keith Jones, 9 October 2013
The government is seeking to contain the fallout from the revelation, arising from documents leaked by whistleblower Ed Snowden.
9 October 2013
Three photojournalists and Australian actor speak out in defence of US whistleblower.
By Sven Heymann, 7 October 2013
The Lower Saxony Intelligence Agency spied on journalists and deleted its files when the matter became public.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2013
President Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US embassy officials, charging them with financing the “sabotage” of the country’s electrical system and its economy.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 September 2013
Files released by Edward Snowden show that the NSA uses bulk communications metadata to generate maps of Americans’ personal associations and social interactions.
By Ed Patrick, 28 September 2013
The government, opposition and corporate media are determined to keep Canadians in the dark about the activities of CSEC, the Canadian counterpart and partner of the NSA.
By Sven Heymann, 25 September 2013
Germany’s domestic intelligence service cooperates closely with British and American spy agencies.
By Eric London, 24 September 2013
The panel members are for the most part Democratic Party insiders with close ties to the surveillance apparatus.
By Richard Phillips, 24 September 2013
Mehta praises American whistleblowers Snowden and Manning while denouncing the US-led assault on basic democratic rights.
By Robert Stevens, 24 September 2013
Sarah Lynn Mayhew (aka SLM) is the Manchester-based artist responsible for the street art “Truth is Coming and Cannot be Stopped,” in celebration of the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2013
An opinion published by the FISA court this week argued that mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2013
A number of documents that detail the FISA court’s interpretation of Patriot Act provisions for data collection on US citizens are set for release pending government review.
By Sven Heymann, 14 September 2013
For years the German intelligence agencies ran a secret joint operation with the CIA codenamed Project 6.
By Tom Carter, 14 September 2013
FISA court records declassified on Tuesday show that government spy agencies systematically violated court orders in order to illegally access Americans’ phone data, while lying in court as to the extent of their activities.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013
A secret memo reveals that the NSA is funneling raw intelligence data, including information from intercepted communications of US citizens, to Israeli intelligence.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013
Top secret documents released by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden have exposed the agency’s spying on Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras, the fourth largest oil company in the world.
By Andre Damon, 9 September 2013
In 2011, a secret surveillance court authorized the NSA to obtain the content of Americans’ emails and phone calls.
By Jerry White, 6 September 2013
The files show how the National Security Agency spies on the world’s population, running roughshod over privacy rights.
By Tom Carter, 4 September 2013
Law and technology blog Groklaw announced that it would close down over concerns that its emails were being accessed and monitored by the US government.
By Tom Eley, 3 September 2013
Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA specifically targeted for surveillance leaders of the two largest Latin American countries.
A letter from film producer Tony Garnett
2 September 2013
The following comment in defence of former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was submitted to the World Socialist Web Site by film producer and author Tony Garnett.
By Thomas Gaist, 31 August 2013
The secret intelligence budget summary leaked by Edward Snowden documents $52.6 billion of US government outlays to various agencies.
By Don Knowland, 30 August 2013
Facebook has issued a report showing tens of thousands of requests from governments around the world for information on Facebook users
By David Walsh, 30 August 2013
Matt Damon, one of the most popular film actors currently working, told a television host last week that he supported the whistle-blower who has lifted the lid on the criminal activities of the NSA.
By Robert Stevens, 28 August 2013
A column by Independent columnist Kim Sengupta is a naked defence of the mass spying operations of the British government.
By Keith Jones, 28 August 2013
By refusing to challenge its lies, half-truths and obfuscation, the opposition parties and the media have abetted the Conservative government’s cover-up of state spying on Canadians.
By Julie Hyland, 24 August 2013
Events of the last week provide chilling confirmation of the police state apparatus built up by successive British governments on the pretext of the “war on terror.”
By Thomas Gaist, 24 August 2013
In an interview with CNN, FBI director Robert Mueller sought to justify the NSA surveillance programs by warning of new terrorist threats around the world.
By Thomas Gaist, 24 August 2013
Obama’s panel consists of individuals whose allegiance to the national security state is unquestioned.
By Eric London, 24 August 2013
The American “left” exposes its contempt for democratic rights in its coverage of the Snowden revelations and the response of the Obama administration.
UK public meeting in Oxford:
The socialist answer to the assault on democratic rights
24 August 2013
The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is holding a meeting in Oxford in defence of the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 August 2013
Declassified documents from the secret surveillance court show consistent violation of regulations governing surveillance by the NSA.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 August 2013
The Department of Homeland Security's "crowd-scanning project" was tested for the first time last fall
By Thomas Gaist and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2013
A US security official has acknowledged that a central purpose of the detention of David Miranda was to send a message to all those seeking to expose evidence of government spying programs.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 August 2013
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has warned that the UK wants “to scoop up everything, to store it all, and to master the internet,” as British authorities defended the detention of David Miranda.
By Eric London, 21 August 2013
Closing arguments were made in the sentencing hearings of whistleblower Bradley Manning yesterday.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 August 2013
The detention and interrogation of the partner of Glenn Greenwald makes clear that the build-up of police powers since 9/11 has been directed not against terrorism, but against political opposition to the reactionary policies of the ruling class.
By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2013
Opposition is growing internationally to the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, under British counter-terrorism laws.
By David North, 20 August 2013
All constitutional issues are seen by Obama not as matters of legal substance but, rather, merely problems of public perception. It is not the actions of the state that need to be changed, but the perceptions of the American people.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2013
New documents published Friday by the Washington Post further expose government lies about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.
By Eric London, 17 August 2013
Friday’s statement by the chief Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge underscores the fraudulent character of the court’s supposedly “robust” oversight of NSA spying.
By Sven Heymanns and Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2013
New evidence shows that German intelligence services collaborate with the NSA in deadly drone attacks.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 August 2013
The widow of investigative journalist Michael Hastings confirmed that CIA Director John Brennan was the target of Hastings’ next exposé project.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2013
The New York Times columnist assures the former NSA contractor that the US system “will not allow an authentic whistle-blower to be unfairly punished.”
By Thomas Gaist, 15 August 2013
The fact that Obama has chosen Clapper to hand pick the members of the panel exposes as a fraud his pretense of making the programs more “transparent” and insuring against “abuses.”
By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2013
Independent filmmakers raise their voices against Washington’s witch-hunt of the former NSA contractor.
By Tom Carter and Joseph Kishore, 13 August 2013
The arguments advanced by the white paper are in conflict not only with the letter of the Constitution, but its entire spirit.
By Mark Blackwood, 12 August 2013
Malicious software, thought to have originated from the FBI and able to harvest private data, has been found in web sites hosted anonymously by the Freedom Hosting Company.
By Steve James, 10 August 2013
The persecution of Lavabit by the US government is undoubtedly connected to the fact that the company’s most well-known client is whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Barry Grey, 10 August 2013
At Friday’s press conference, President Barack Obama resorted to outright lies in his defense of the massive and illegal surveillance programs exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
By Robert Stevens, 10 August 2013
America’s National Security Agency has funded Britain’s intelligence gathering service to the tune of at least £100 million over the past three years.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 August 2013
Fresh revelations show that the NSA has been trolling through emails and text messages between Americans and individuals abroad, even when those individuals are not suspected of terrorist connections.
By Richard Phillips, 9 August 2013
The WSWS has received more statements supporting the former NSA whistle-blower.
By Joseph Kishore, 8 August 2013
It is the first time since the end of the Cold War that the US has canceled a publicly announced presidential meeting with leaders in Russia.
By Johann Muller and Lucas Adler, 7 August 2013
The Pirate Party, founded only a few years ago on the basis of demands for transparency, data protection and privacy, is responding to the exposure of the largest surveillance machinery in human history by granting political legitimacy to the secret services.
By Thomas Gaist, 7 August 2013
In an editorial published Tuesday, the New York Times gave its stamp of approval to the terror scare, calling the decision to launch a global terror alert “reasonable” and “difficult to quarrel with.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 6 August 2013
The sentencing phase of the Bradley Manning court martial continued Monday with the testimony of Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy.
By Chris Marsden, 6 August 2013
The European Union has proposed the creation of what amounts to a pan-European equivalent to the National Security Agency, armed with a European drone programme and a spy satellite network.
One day after Russian asylum for Snowden
By Thomas Gaist, 3 August 2013
The terror scare follows more evidence of broad popular opposition to the NSA spying programs and support for Snowden.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 August 2013
The asylum grant has, predictably, provoked denunciations and threats of reprisal from US officials.
By Andre Damon, 1 August 2013
The Guardian on Wednesday published an exposé of XKeyscore, the National Security Agency’s “widest-reaching” program for Internet spying.
By Christoph Dreier, 1 August 2013
In an interview with the news magazine Der Spiegel, former SPD Interior Minister Otto Schily attack critics of mass surveillance as being paranoid.
By our reporters, 1 August 2013
In Wellington, about 1,500 people marched from Cuba Street to rally in the Parliament grounds.
By our reporters, 31 July 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—PSG) held well-attended meetings in defence of Edward Snowden in Berlin, Bochum and Frankfurt.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2013
In a letter co-written with his attorney, Lon Snowden defended his son’s actions as his “civic duty” and warned Americans against the “dynamics of the Third Reich.”
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2013
"That Snowden is being denounced by American politicians and the media is outrageous," Cox told the WSWS.
By Thomas Gaist, 27 July 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Moscow, asserting that Snowden has no legal basis for seeking asylum and promising not to torture or execute the leaker.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2013
The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.
By Richard Phillips, 26 July 2013
Father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, says Snowden is fighting to defend basic rights.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 July 2013
An amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act of 2014, which would have barred “suspicion-less collection” of phone records, was rejected by the US House of Representatives.
By Eric London, 25 July 2013
A question remark continues to hang over the asylum requests of whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Justus Leicht, 25 July 2013
Almost daily, the warnings of whistle-blower Edward Snowden are being confirmed by new reports showing the close collaboration between German and American intelligence agencies.
By Christoph Dreier, 23 July 2013
NSA documents show that the German intelligence services are among the NSA’s closest partners, spying on both foreign targets and the German people.
By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2013
The UK parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee has whitewashed allegations of mass illegal spying by GCHQ and the US National Security Agency.
23 July 2013
Dharmasiri Bandaranayke has issued a statement defending Snowden and denouncing the Obama administration’s illegal global spying operations.
By Eric London, 22 July 2013
In a blow to freedom of the press, an appeals court ruled Friday that New York Times journalist James Risen must testify against alleged leaker Jeffrey Sterling.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 July 2013
Calls by legislators to “rein in” the NSA programs are part of a calculated maneuver aiming to legitimize and further institutionalize illegal mass spying.
By Ed Patrick and Keith Jones, 22 July 2013
Most Canadians had never heard of the Communications Security Establishment prior to last month’s revelation that it has been metadata mining Canadians’ electronic communications since 2005. And Canada’s elite is determined to keep it that way.
By Robert Stevens, 22 July 2013
Under conditions in which the US has launched a global manhunt to seize Edward Snowden, Britain’s Guardian newspaper has called for him to “answer to the law.”
By Eric London, 20 July 2013
In violation of international law, John Kerry leveled a series of heavy-handed threats against Venezuela over its offer of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By Christoph Dreier, 20 July 2013
This week German police and state security officials put a young man from Griesheim under pressure because he was critical of the secret services’ surveillance methods.
By Eric London, 18 July 2013
An ACLU report published yesterday reveals that the American government has been using license plate readers to track the location and movement of a majority of people in the US.
By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 18 July 2013
In testimony before Congress, John Inglis acknowledged that FISA courts have given the NSA more sweeping spying powers than previously admitted.
By Eric London, 18 July 2013
Democrats and Republicans responded to news that whistleblower Edward Snowden formally applied for asylum in Russia with more threats.
By Sujeewa Amaranath, 18 July 2013
The Colombo public meeting unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an end to the witch-hunt against whistleblower Edward Snowden.
By our correspondents, 17 July 2013
Those who spoke to the SEP were alarmed about the magnitude of the US spying and its disturbing implications for democratic rights.
By Eric London, 16 July 2013
The Obama administration has escalated its international campaign against whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
By Christoph Dreier, 16 July 2013
The SPD and the Greens accuse the government of neglecting German economic interests regarding the NSA spying affair, but support the mass surveillance of the population.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 July 2013
The American government and intelligence agencies are working closely with giant telecommunications and technology companies to violate the democratic rights of the population.
By Peter Symonds, 15 July 2013
Telstra has given US intelligence and police agencies access to the backbone of international telecommunications—undersea fibre optic cables.
By Eric London, 13 July 2013
Edward Snowden issued a defiant statement from Sheremetyevo airport in which he defended his actions and said he would seek temporary asylum in Russia.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 July 2013
Newly released documents show that Microsoft worked with the NSA to break the company’s own encryption, ensuring the fullest possible access for the agency to its data.
By Stefan Steinberg, 13 July 2013
Angela Merkel tells Die Zeit that she stands behind the US spying in Germany and throughout the world.
13 July 2013
The WSWS asked numerous journalists, artists and academics if they would speak out publicly in defense of Edward Snowden.
By Joseph Kishore, 12 July 2013
The majority of Americans, including the vast majority of young people, support Edward Snowden despite his universal denunciation by the political establishment and the mass media.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2013
Secret National Security Agency documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden expose a massive spying operation covering all of Latin America.