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As End Of Russia Visa Approaches, Edward Snowden Seeks Extension

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Fugitive national security contractor Edward Snowden has filed the paperwork to extend his refuge in Russia as the July 31 expiration of his asylum grant approaches, his lawyer told Russian media on Wednesday. Snowden has indicated in interviews during his yearlong stay in Russia that he would like […]

July 9, 2014

Germany Opens Criminal Probe Into U.S. Tapping Of Merkel’s Phone

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff BERLIN — Almost a year after news surfaced that the United States had been spying on German communications, Germany’s top prosecutor announced Wednesday that he has launched a criminal investigation into the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. “Let me be clear: Espionage is a crime in Germany regardless […]

June 4, 2014

Snowden: NSA Leaks Fueled Debate On Spying

Washington (AFP) – Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Monday he has no regrets over his leaks about mass surveillance programs, saying they sparked a needed public debate on spying and data collection. Snowden, who spoke via video link from Russia to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, said he revealed the programs of the […]

March 10, 2014

Snowden: U.S. Officials ‘Want To Kill Me’

Berlin (AFP) – Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden voiced fears that U.S. “government officials want to kill me”, in a TV interview to be broadcast in Germany Sunday. The comment comes just days after Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the American feared for his life, following a report by BuzzFeed of explicit threats against him […]

January 26, 2014

Fugitive Leaker Snowden ‘Fears For His Life’

Moscow (AFP) – The Russian lawyer of Edward Snowden said Tuesday that the fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker has feared for his life since reading of explicit threats against him by unnamed Pentagon officials. “There are real threats to his life out there that actually do exist,” Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Russia’s state-run Vesti 24 […]

January 21, 2014

House Intelligence Chairman Says Russia Might Have Helped Snowden

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday that former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden may have received help from Russian intelligence in stealing and leaking thousands of classified files, many of which the lawmaker said compromised U.S. military operations. “He is likely […]

January 20, 2014

Obama Says Snowden Leaks Caused ‘Unnecessary Damage’

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Friday he welcomed a debate on the role of the National Security Agency, but that leaks by Edward Snowden had caused “unnecessary damage” to U.S. intelligence capabilities. Obama refused to be drawn at a year-end press conference on the possibility of amnesty or a presidential pardon for the […]

December 20, 2013