Near the start of his second term, President Obama had granted clemency at a lower rate than any president in recent history. He had pardoned 39 people and denied 1,333 requests. As Obama enters the final days of his administration, he has dramatically picked up the pace.
Harold Thomas Martin, 51, who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, was taken into custody in Maryland in August, said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Booze Allen is the consulting firm that employed Edward Snowden when he revealed the collection of metadata by the NSA in 2013.
Holder was the head of the Justice Department when the leak occurred. Back then, he maintained that Snowden had to return home and plead guilty, and that the Obama White House was not willing to consider “the notion of clemency.”
The most unusual thing about the case argued in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 19, 2008, was not that the court convening it, the FISA Court of Review, had met only once before in its thirty-year history. It wasn’t the way technicians had swept the room for bugs and cut it off from the Internet, turning Courtroom 3 temporarily into a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).
Researcher Jonathon Penney looked at Wikipedia searches conducted after June 2013, when news of NSA spying programs so thoroughly dominated headlines that 87 percent of Americans became aware of them. In the wake of the story, he found “a 20 percent decline in page views on Wikipedia articles related to terrorism, including those that mentioned ‘al-Qaeda,’ ‘car bomb’ or ‘Taliban.’”
The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday that the settlement with USIS and its parent company, Altegrity Inc, will resolve claims that the firm failed to perform quality control reviews in connection with its background investigations.
A court decision Thursday that declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata to be illegal revealed a sharp split among several Republican presidential hopefuls over the scope of the surveillance.
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden said in a magazine interview published Wednesday that he is sure his former employers at the National Security Agency are tracking his communications while in exile in Russia. In a lengthy interview with Wired magazine, the 31-year-old former NSA contractor wanted on U.S. charges […]
Washington (AFP) – Edward Snowden says dishonest comments to Congress by the U.S. chief of national intelligence pushed him over the edge and prompted him to leak a trove of national security documents. In a wide-ranging interview with Wired magazine over several days from Moscow, Snowden said he had been troubled for years by the […]
By Jonathan Landay, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced on Thursday. The decision will add new fuel to Cold War-like tensions between Russia and the United States […]