- March 18, 2018
Says Snowden made sure information he took will continue getting published regardless of what happens to him
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Sunday that Edward Snowden made sure that the information he took about US surveillance programs will continue to be published regardless of what happens to the former US spy agency contractor.
Assange criticised the United States for revoking Snowden’s passport and said it would not stop the classified information taken by the 30-year-old former contractor from getting out.
However, House Speaker John Boehner said Republicans would do their “own bill”
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the US Democratic-controlled Senate passed the bill by a vote of 68-32, with 14 of the Senate’s 46 Republicans joining all 52 Democrats and two independents in support of the bill.
But any air of celebration was tempered by the US House Speaker John Boehner, who hours before the vote emphasised that Republicans would “do our own bill,” one that “reflects the will of our majority,” many of whom oppose citizenship for immigrants who are in the United States illegally.
US has become increasingly vocal about Chinese hacking, officials say
The top US military officer on Thursday dismissed comparisons of Chinese and American snooping in cyber space, saying all countries gathered intelligence on their potential adversaries but Beijing’s problematic “niche” was intellectual property theft.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said the US government was close to completing an update of its rules of engagement in cyber space and that Americans needed to understand a cyber attack could trigger a real-world military response.
Supreme Court rules same-sex married couples should get same benefits as heterosexual couples
US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (Doma) that prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people by 5-4 votes.
Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia, and 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal there.
The United States increased pressure on Russia to hand over former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who Washington believes is in Moscow waiting for news of an asylum request to Ecuador.
Snowden, charged with disclosing secret US surveillance programs, left Hong Kong for Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, starting a cat-and-mouse chase that has frayed ties between Washington and Beijing and threatens US-Russia relations.
US whistleblower reportedly on his way to Moscow
The former contractor for the US National Security Agency, charged by the United States with espionage, was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday because the US extradition request did not comply with the law, the Hong Kong government said.
Edward Snowden left for Moscow on Sunday and his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland, the South China Morning Post said, a move that is bound to infuriate Washington.
Comey would serve a 10-year term and replace Mueller
President Barack Obama nominated James Comey to be the new FBI director Friday, tapping a Bush-era Justice Department official to lead the agency as it grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics.
Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the federal government’s gag order on its Internet surveillance programme, citing what it described as a First
Amendment right, according to the US constitution, to divulge how many requests it receives from the government for data about its customers in the name of national security.
The next whistleblower of America may not have it as “easy” as Edward Snowden (relatively) may have, it seems.
United States National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander announced on Tuesday that the agency is implementing a “two-person” system in order to prevent any future leaks as the ones made by Edward Snowden, Forbes reported. Alexander made the announcement at a congressional hearing of the Intelligence Committee.
His chief of staff says the US president does not believe NSA surveillance violated privacy rights
US President Barack Obama does not believe the recently disclosed top-secret National Security Agency surveillance of phone records and Internet data has violated Americans’ privacy rights, his chief of staff said on Sunday.
A few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong on Saturday to demand protection for Edward Snowden, who leaked revelations of US electronic surveillance and is now believed to be holed up in the former British colony.
Marchers gathered outside the US consulate shouting slogans denouncing alleged spying operations aimed at China and Hong Kong, but the numbers were modest compared to rallies over other rights and political issues.
There were questions about leak probes involving The Associated Press and Fox News
FBI Director Robert Mueller is leaving the law enforcement agency that he has run every day since the week before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the same way that he entered it: being grilled about how the FBI is carrying out the most high-profile criminal investigations in the country.
Court’s ruling came in a challenge launched by medical researchers and others
A unanimous US Supreme Court on Thursday prohibited patents on naturally occurring human genes but allowed legal protections on synthetically produced genetic material in a compromise ruling hailed as a partial victory for patients and the biotechnology industry.
The ruling by the nine justices, the first of its kind for the top US court, buttressed important patent protections relied upon by biotechnology companies while making it clear that genes extracted from the human body cannot be patented.
Senators and tech companies pushed the Obama administration to be more open
The Obama administration has launched an internal review of the potential damage to national security from leaks about US surveillance efforts, as a group of senators and technology companies on Tuesday pushed the government to be more open about the top-secret programmes.
A senior US intelligence official said the review will be separate from a justice department criminal investigation into Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security Agency’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from big companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc.
He breaks the White House’s political protocols
In a rather astounding move, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sat at US President Barack Obama’s desk in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, Huffington Post reported on Friday.
“I’m going to sit at the President of the United States’ desk,” said Piñera as he sat down at the “Resolute Desk”, breaking the White House’s political protocols.
The incident took place about five kilometres (three miles) from where US President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising luncheon
A gunman with an assault-style rifle killed at least six people in Santa Monica on Friday before police shot him to death in a gunfight in a college library, authorities said.
Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told AP the rampage began at a house in the coastal city before the gunman, dressed all in black, made his way to Santa Monica College.
Seabrooks said he killed two people in the house, which caught fire, two more people as he moved several blocks toward the campus, and then two more on campus.
Others were being pulled from the rubble of the collapsed four-storey building
A building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday, killing six and injuring 14 other people under in mountains of crushed concrete and splintered wood, officials said.
Search and rescue efforts continued late in the day for more survivors of the collapse, which occurred around 10:45am when a four-story building under demolition fell onto a neighbouring two-story Salvation Army Thrift Store, said Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Rescue workers were expected to remain on the scene for 24 hours.
The American soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified information in US history, which prosecutors say put lives at risk, goes on trial Monday in a case that raises questions about the limits of secrecy and openness in the Internet era.
Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website.
After launching costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States is tiring of conflict
Twelve years after the “war on terror” began, US President Barack Obama wants to pull the United States back from some of the most controversial aspects of its global fight against Islamist militants, reports Reuters.
In a major policy speech on Thursday, Obama narrowed the scope of the targetted-killing drone campaign against al Qaeda and its allies and took steps toward closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.
No casualties immediately reported
Part of a four lane freeway bridge over a river in a rural area north of Seattle collapsed on Thursday, sending vehicles and people into the frigid water below, authorities said.
The collapse on Interstate 5 over the Skagit River happened at about 7pm local time between the towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington, 55 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Mark Francis said.
“I’ve got reports of vehicles and people in the water,” Francis said. He added that he did not know if anyone was injured.