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British Newspaper to Generate More Stories About Surveillance Breaches from NSA Whistleblower

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reporter involved with exposing the federal government’s massive surveillance programs said more “significant revelations” are ahead, Fox News reports.

The Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald said the British newspaper will be releasing stories based on documents from 29-year-old former government contractor, Edward Snowden, who faces decades in prison.

“We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months,” Greenwald said.

He estimates dozens of stories could be written based on the documents.

NSA Leaker Said He Had Civic Obligation to Reveal Surveillance


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who leaked a massive effort by the National Security Agency to monitor e-mails, texts and other Internet traffic of virtually all Americans is a 29-year-old high school dropout, CNN reports.

Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source during an interview with the British newspaper, The Guardian, saying he regrets nothing and was driven by a moral obligation to break the news.

“I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building,” said Snowden, who went into hiding.

Al Gore to Twitterverse: Privacy Should be a Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Vice President Al Gore launched an unusual assault on the Obama administration over the revelation that the federal government is tracking cell phone records, The Washington Post reports.

“In digital era, privacy must be a priority,” Gore tweeted Wednesday. “Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?”

The tweet follows news that the government is tracking cell phone records of millions of Americans.

Ex-NSA Analysts Says Agency Targeted Journalists and Honed in On All U.S. Communications

In the comings months we’re likely to hear more and more allegations of improper government eavesdropping. Here we go…
By Kim Zetter
WIRED

Just one day after George W. Bush left office, an NSA whistleblower has revealed that the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program targeted U.S. journalists, and vacuumed in all domestic communications of Americans, including, faxes, phone calls and network traffic.
Russell Tice, a former NSA analyst, spoke on Wednesday to MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. Tice has acknowledged in the past being one of the anonymous sources that spoke with The New York Times for its 2005 story on the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.
After that story was published, President Bush said in a statement that only people in the United States who were talking with terrorists overseas would have been targeted for surveillance.
But Tice says, in truth, the spying involved a dragnet of all communications, confirming what critics have long assumed.
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Justice Dept. Refuses to Give Obama Team Classified Legal Opinions Linked to CIA and NSA Programs

No surprise, the Bush administration is reluctant to share classified legal opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel with the Obama team. The big question is: how can they really justify it?

Joe Palazzolo
Legal Times
WASHINGTON — A senior Justice Department official said Tuesday that “99.8 percent” of the department’s work with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team has gone smoothly. The 0.2 percent snag: The department has reservations about granting the team’s request to review classified legal opinions related to secret CIA and National Security Agency programs.
In a roundtable discussion with reporters last week, Attorney General Michael Mukasey declined to discuss specific requests made by transition staff regarding opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel, the arm of the Justice Department that provides legal advice to the president and all other executive branch agencies.
The Justice official said the dispute over access to the NSA and CIA opinions has made its way up to Williams & Connolly’s Gregory Craig, who earlier this month was named to be Obama’s White House counsel. Craig was expected to meet with current White House counsel Fred Fielding to discuss the issue, the official said. It’s unclear whether such a meeting has already taken place. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Justice official said the department was reluctant to provide the opinions to Obama’s team without permission from the two intelligence agencies whose activities they address. At the roundtable, Mukasey said OLC opinions are issued at the request of other agencies with their “own equity or interest in the information.”

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