Edward Snowden: NSA surveillance whistleblower Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows VIDEO NSA contractor Edward Snowden braces for backlash after turning whistleblower on US data-mining operation 'I am not afraid,' says high-school dropout Edward Snowden, as he reveals his identity from a Hong Kong hotel room Bush-Era Spying 'Made Legal' Under Obama Security officials defend legality of government's top-secret surveillance system Obama Should Have Given Americans a Choice President Obama defended the government's massive surveillance programs Friday, saying they "help us prevent terrorist attacks." Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data Revealed: The NSA's powerful tool for cataloguing data - including figures on US collection PRISM: What's behind this NSA surveillance tool lurking about your Facebook page? The PRISM program has been sucking up what most people would think of as personal information on Google, Facebook, Skype, and other Internet providers. What's up with the NSA's secret surveillance effort? Obama Orders US to Draw up Overseas Target List for Cyber-Attacks Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to 'advance US objectives around the world' Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data Revealed: The NSA's powerful tool for cataloguing data – including figures on US collection Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program When government officials came to Silicon Valley to demand easier ways for the world's largest Internet companies to turn over user data as part of a secret surveillance program, the companies bristled. In the end, though, many cooperated at least a bit. Obama Administration Declassifies Details On "PRISM," Blasts "Reckless" Media And Leakers Facing a firestorm from liberals and conservatives over controversial counterterrorism surveillance programs, the Obama administration moved Saturday to declassify some details about a program to monitor foreign Internet traffic. Michael Savage: ACLU turns on Obama Liberal ally warns of 'grave threat to democratic freedoms' Assange: US rule of law suffering 'calamitous collapse' WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday that the US justice system was suffering from a "calamitous collapse in the rule of law", as Washington reeled from the sensational exposure of vast spy agency surveillance programmes. Leno: 'We Wanted a President That Listens to All Americans - Now We Have One' U.S. surveillance revelations deepen European fears Government likely to open criminal probe into NSA leaks: officials President Barack Obama's administration is likely to open a criminal investigation into the leaking of highly classified documents that revealed the secret surveillance of Americans' telephone and email traffic, U.S. officials said on Friday. UK says eavesdropping is legal, defends U.S. spy links Britain said eavesdropping by its GCHQ security agency was legal and no threat to privacy but would not confirm or deny reports it received data from a secret U.S. intelligence program. Pakistan Lodges Formal Protest Following Latest Drone Strike Government calls for an "immediate end" to the strikes after reports that nine more individuals were killed in Friday Ricin Suspect Was Tracked Via Mail Scanners Feds: Postal Service photographs every piece of mail it How Grassroots Advocates Beat the Biotech and Food Lobbies This week, Connecticut won the honor of becoming the first state to pass a law requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled. Rising Red tide: China encircles U.S. by sailing warships in American waters, arming neighbors China has been quietly taking steps to encircle the United States by arming western hemisphere states, seeking closer military, economic, and diplomatic ties to U.S. neighbors, and sailing warships into U.S. maritime zones. Swiss lawyers blast secretive US bank deal A secretive deal between Bern and Washington over Swiss banks' alleged complicity in tax evasion by Americans is "deeply worrying," according to the new head of the Swiss Bar Association. Karzai demands return of all Afghans held prisoner by the UK in Helmand President wants inmates transferred to Afghan justice system, though two-week deadline is legally impossible for UK to meet Rethinking American Exceptionalism "American exceptionalism" is perhaps the most misunderstood phrase in politics. If, like the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, we define "exceptionalism" as "the condition of being different from the norm"–then it's certainly true that America is exceptional. But we rarely stop to ask: Should we always want to be exceptional? 'Idiot' Bilderberg conspiracy theorist Alex Jones disrupts BBC politics show Bilderberg conspiracy theorist Alex Jones flew into an uncontrollable tirade live on the BBC's flagship politics programme after host Andrew Neil described him as an "idiot". Alex Jones Storms BBC, Confronts Bilderberg Member Saudi prince sues Forbes over his rank on billionaires list The magazine pegged his net worth at $20 billion. The prince claims it is closer to $30 billion. The difference? About $9.6 billion, the Guardian reported.