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Documents Show Feds Tried to Discredit Snowden Using His Own Email

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly declassified documents show that Edward Snowden first raised concerns with the NSA before he leaked the information.

In one letter, Snowden questioned whether an presidential executive order allowing the spying program could supersede federal law, the Daily Mail reports.

 “I’m not entirely certain, but this does not seem correct, as it seems to imply Executive Orders have the same precedence as law,” Snowden wrote in the e-mail. “My understanding is that EOs may be superseded by federal statute, but EOs may not override statute. Am I incorrect in this? Between EOs and laws, which have precedence?”

The new documents lend credibility to Snowden’c claims that he repeatedly tried to raise concerns about the NSA’s surveillance of Americans.

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FBI Director Comey: NSA Leader Snowden Is No Hero or Whistleblower

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey can think of a few adjectives to describe NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but “whistleblower” and “hero” are not among them.

NPR reports that Comey can’t understand why Snowden would be held up as a hero when all three branches of the U.S. government have approved surveillance of phone records.

“I see the government operating the way the founders intended,” Comey said, “so I have trouble applying the whistleblower label to someone who basically disagrees with the way our government is structured and operates.”

That’s not good news for Snowden’s supporters, who are calling on President Obama to grant Snowden clemency or leniency.

Burglar Recounts Reason She, Others Broke Into Philadelphia’s FBI Office in 1971

 

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Bonnie Raines 
The Guardian

I vividly remember the eureka moment. It was the night we broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in March 1971 and removed about 1,000 documents from filing cabinets. We had a hunch that there would be incriminating material there, as the FBI under J Edgar Hoover was so bureaucratic that we thought every single thing that went on under him would be recorded. But we could not be sure, and until we found it, we were on tenterhooks. 

A shout went up among the group of eight of us. One of us had stumbled on a document from FBI headquarters signed by Hoover himself. It instructed the bureau’s agents to set up interviews of anti-war activists as “it will enhance the paranoia endemic in these circles and will further serve to get the point across there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.”

That was the first piece of evidence to emerge. It was vindication.

Looking back on what we did, there are obvious parallels with what Edward Snowden has done releasing National Security Agency documents that show the NSA’s blanket surveillance of Americans.

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U.S. Blasts Russia for Granting Asylum to NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government has expressed deep disappointment over Russia’s decision to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, the BBC reports.

The White House is considering a number of moves to express that disappointment, including canceling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We’re extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step despite our very clear and lawful requests in public and in private to have Mr Snowden expelled to the United States to face the charges against him,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “We’re evaluating the utility of a summit in light of this and other issues.”

Snowden walked out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Thursday with a gray shirt and a dark backpack, the Guardian reported.

“The Snowden story has exposed the impotence of 21st-century US power,” the Guardian wrote.

Ex-CIA Chief Compares NSA Leaker Snowden to Boston Marathon Bombers

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the ways to describe Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden may have come up with the most incendiary.

In an interview with Financial Review, an Austrian publication, Hayden compared Snowden to the Boston Marathon bombers.

“I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue,” Hayden said.

“It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?”

Just in case you’re keeping score, the Boston bombers terrorized the country, tried to kill a massive amount of people with a bomb and led police on a deadly, dangerous pursuit.

Snowden, on the other hand, leaked records because he believed in transparency.

 

Congress to Consider Restricting NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Programs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The growing controversy over NSA’s domestic surveillance programs is likely to spark legislative debates that could change the extent to which feds can snoop on Americans, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

Elected officials have been growing increasingly concerned about the NSA since Edward Swowden leaked information about the surveillance last month.

“People at the NSA in particular have heard a constant public drumbeat about a laundry list of nefarious things they are alleged to be doing to spy on Americans — all of them wrong,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican, said last month. “The misperceptions have been great, yet they keep their heads down and keep working every day to keep us safe.”

Members of Congress said they are getting inpatient, McClatchy Newspapers wrote.

“I think the administration and the NSA has had six weeks to answer questions and haven’t done a good job at it,” said Rep. Rick Larsen, a Washington Democrat.

NSA Takes Steps to Strengthen Security of Sensitive Information Following Leak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hoping to strengthen its security to avoid another leak, the NSA is examining how former contractor Edward Snowden was able to access and remove sensitive information, The Los Angeles Times reports.

“This failure originated from two practices that we need to reverse,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a security forum at the Aspen Institute.

“In an effort for those in the intelligence community to be able to share with each other, there was an enormous amount of information concentrated in one place,” he said. “That’s a mistake. Loading everything onto a server creates a security risk.”

The second problem, he said, “You had an individual who was given very substantial authority to access that information and move that information.… We’re acting to reverse both of those things.”

Carter said the NSA was converting to a system that would have prevented a single person from accessing the information, The LA Times reported.

NSA Leaker Snowden May Leave Moscow Airport in Next Few Days

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA Leaker may have plans to soon leave the Moscow airport where he has been stuck in legal limbo, the USA Today reports.

A lawyer assisting Snowden is helping him apply for temporary asylum in Russia. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Snowden has been advised not to do anything that would jeopardize Russian-U.S. relations, the USA Today wrote.

“We have warned Mr. Snowden that any actions by him connected with harming Russian-American relations are unacceptable,” Putin said.

It’s unclear where Snowden plans to go once he leaves the airport.

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