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Snowden claims you should blame the NSA for a 2012 Syrian Internet outage, not Assad

But experts say the former NSA contractor’s claim is hard to independently verify.

That time Edward Snowden and Gen. Michael Hayden took a photo together — wearing smiles and tuxedos

The photo is included in Wired’s massive profile of Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.


For kitchen staff at federal agencies, background checks are a must-order item

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

In the post-Snowden era, the need for background checks in the kitchens of federal agencies is slowing hiring.


Russia grants Edward Snowden residency for three more years

(Maxim Shemetov / Reuters)

The decision promises to further strain U.S.-Russian relations that have deteriorated to Cold War lows.

Are we getting fooled on surveillance reform? The ACLU responds

Civil libertarians should support Sen. Leahy’s USA Freedom Act -- it makes huge improvements to the surveillance status quo.


DHS contractor suffers major computer breach, officials say

(Eric Gay / AP)

Officials say employees’ personal information likely taken as FBI launches investigation.


Senate bill strikes a balance between core intelligence needs and civil liberties

(Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA)

A Senate bill strikes a balance between core intelligence needs and civil liberties.

Obama should fire John Brennan

Confirmation that the CIA illegally accessed Senate computers should lead to accountability.

Authors group pushes for NSA reform, while there’s still time

Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN American Center, said writers must speak out against overreaching surveillance.