The German Intelligence Agency chief says Berlin is dependent on the NSA, not vice versa, as US presence is vital to protect the country. Gerhard Schindler even laid the blame on his own organization for allowing the NSA to spy on European companies.
The NSA and its spying partners wanted to hack into smartphones via Google and Samsung App stores and infect them with spyware. The revelations came from a top secret document released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
A handful of US senators used a series of speeches to denounce the NSA’s ability to collect mass amounts of Americans phone data. The White House joined them in pushing for NSA reform while also advocating the renewal of key Patriot Act provisions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her staff’s conduct amid the BND/NSA spying scandal, following reports that her administration had purposely misled the public about Washington’s willingness to negotiate a “no-spy agreement” with Berlin.
The US government is prosecuting whistleblowers for sharing information with journalists as the latest Jeffrey Sterling case shows, retired NSA analyst and whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe, told RT. Often, government witch hunts are driven by cash, he added.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden accused Australia of undertaking mass surveillance of its citizens and passing laws on the collection of metadata that he says do not protect society from acts of terrorism.
Collectors of action figures, rejoice – for the more politically-inclined out there, an 8-inch, 3D-printable version of the famed 4-foot tall, illegal Edward Snowden bust has now been made available online, to spread the word about surveillance.