The Switchboard: Snowden calls NSA e-mail release ‘tailored and incomplete’

In this image taken from video provided by NBC News on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, right, speaks to NBC News anchor Brian Williams, left, during an NBC Exclusive interview. (AP Photo/NBC News)

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Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials  In response to an e-mail recently released by the National Security Agency that suggested Edward Snowden is not, in fact, a whistleblower, Snowden told The Post: "If the White House is interested in the whole truth, rather than the NSA’s clearly tailored and incomplete leak today for a political advantage, it will require the NSA to ask my former colleagues, management, and the senior leadership team about whether I, at any time, raised concerns about the NSA’s improper and at times unconstitutional surveillance activities. It will not take long to receive an answer."

Broadcasters to sue FCC over resource sharing ban"The broadcast industry plans to sue the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its decision to crack down on resource-sharing deals between broadcasters," according to The Hill's Kate Tummarello. "On Friday, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will ask the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a March FCC vote that requires broadcasters to unwind many of their advertising sales resource sharing arrangements, according to a source familiar with the matter."

Dems Seek Help In Thwarting ICANN Amendment:  "Some House Democratic leaders and the Information Technology Industry Council are pushing back on an effort by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) to block any funding of the planned U.S. handoff of ICANN domain naming function oversight," reports Broadcasting and Cable's John Eggerton. "House Republicans, and even some Democrats, have been critical of that move—the House just last week passed the DOTCOM Act as a rider to another must-pass bill. DOTCOM would require a GAO study on the hand-off's impact before it is allowed to proceed. Its backers say that is just taking a 'trust but verify' approach. Opponents of the act say it is a delaying tactic."

This is SpaceX’s new Dragon V2 spacecraft. And it is gorgeous.: "On Thursday, [SpaceX co-founder Elon] Musk announced the Dragon V2, the next-generation space capsule designed to bring humans to the International Space Station," reports The Washington Post's Brian Fung. "It carries seven people, can land on the ground with the accuracy of a helicopter — or so Musk claims — and can dock with the ISS directly."

Zuckerberg, wife give $120M to CA schools"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area’s public school system," writes the Associated Press. "The couple’s gift will be spread over the next five years and is the biggest allocation to date of the $1.1 billion in Facebook stock the couple pledged last year to the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation." According to the report,$5 million of the donation will be for districts in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City to fund "principal training, classroom technology and helping students transition from the 8th to the 9th grade."

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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