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4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can’t Secure its Files

Just over four years ago, Edward Snowden blew the lid off some of the NSA’s most powerful programs and tools for monitoring global communications around the world. In the aftermath of that intelligence debacle — and whatever you think of Edward Snowden and his actions, his releases certainly qualified as a debacle for his employer and its reputation — one would have expected Booz Allen Hamilton to have dramatically overhauled its security procedures, tightened its policies, and taken some basic steps to seal its Titanic-sized leaks. But whatever BAH did ...

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It’s time to pardon Edward Snowden, and defuse Putin’s increasingly dangerous weapon

As Russian intelligence demonstrates ever more alacrity with American political and social disruption, we must remember that the great bear still has a major weapon in reserve that’s tailored for this purpose. Like many of Russia’s most destructive tools, this one is radioactive, and must be shielded to contain a field of mildly harmful emissions. It can be easily delivered between continents — and indeed, its very nature makes it a precision weapon aimed squarely at American democracy. Edward Snowden is widely believed to be one of Vladimir Putin’s more ...

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Washington Post criticized for opposing Snowden pardon

Oliver Stone: Snowden ‘deserves’ a pardon The Washington Post is facing criticism after its editorial board argued that Edward Snowden, the source of the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the National Security Agency, should accept some “criminal responsibility” for the leaks. The editorial, which was published Saturday, called on Snowden to either stand trial on espionage charges or take a plea bargain from the U.S. government. While the editorial called the issue of a presidential pardon “complicated,” it said “President Obama’s answer should continue to be ‘no.'” Related: Edward Snowden: ...

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Your guide to the ‘Shadow Brokers’ NSA theft, which puts the Snowden leaks to shame

Within the NSA, the group that does the sort of offensive hacking many people now most associate with the agency is called TAO: Tailored Access Operations. TAO is the team that uses the sorts of programs Edward Snowden revealed in 2013, the ones that get foreign leaders’ cell phone records or infect terrorists’ communications networks. It’s the group that, arguably, has given the NSA a bad name in recent years. But it’s also the group that gives the NSA the majority of its real, target-specific power to advance and protect American ...

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Snowden and colleague design ‘introspection engine’ anti-snooping mod for the iPhone 6

The trouble with drawing lines in the sand is that they’re so easily rubbed out. Edward Snowden and collaborator Andrew “bunnie” Huang participated in the MIT Media Lab’s invite-only Forbidden Research conference, with an anti-snooping hardware mod for the iPhone 6. They’re calling it an “introspection engine,” and it feels a lot like opening Pandora’s box. Snowden participated in the conference from Russia via video connection. He and collaborator Huang have never met in person; Snowden carefully obscures his physical location, but said he hasn’t “seen any indication” that interested ...

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