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Partner of Journalist Responsible for Reporting on NSA Leaks Was Held at London Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

David Miranda, the partner of the journalist who exposed the NSA’s surveillance program through records from Edward Snowden, found himself detained at a London airport for nine hours, The New York Daily News reports.

Miranda lives in Brazil with journalist Glenn Greewald, whose reports on NSA surveillance has stirred controversy around the globe.

Miranda was at Heathrow Airport returning from meeting one of Greenwald’s collaborators when he was held for nine hours under a terrorism law, the Daily News reported.

Greenwald called the detainment “a failed attempt at intimidation.”

“It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources,” he said,” It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic.”

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Microsoft Helped NSA, FBI Access Personal User Information

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Microsoft Corp has helped U.S. intelligence service intercept users’ communication, Reuters reports.

The software company also permitted the NSA to circumvent email encryption to gain access to users.

The information comes from documents released to the Guardian by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Among the communication collected was conversations on Skype, an online chat service.

Microsoft denied the reports.

“To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype or any Microsoft product,” the company said in a statement on its website. 

WikiLeaks Hints That NSA Leaker Snowden Is on Verge of Being Granted Asylum

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA leaker Edward Snowden may soon be granted asylum, and the “obvious choice” is Venezuela, WikiLeaks hinted Wednesday, the USA Today reports.

If true, that would end weeks of an international stalemate that left Snowden in legal limbo at a Moscow airport.

WikiLeaks, which has advocated for Snowden’s asylum, tweeted on Wednesday: “The first phase of Edward Snowden’s ‘Flight of Liberty’ campaign will be launched.”

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who revealed NSA’s widespread surveillance following meetings with Snowden, said the leaker’s best chances for asylum are Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

British Newspaper to Generate More Stories About Surveillance Breaches from NSA Whistleblower

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reporter involved with exposing the federal government’s massive surveillance programs said more “significant revelations” are ahead, Fox News reports.

The Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald said the British newspaper will be releasing stories based on documents from 29-year-old former government contractor, Edward Snowden, who faces decades in prison.

“We are going to have a lot more significant revelations that have not yet been heard over the next several weeks and months,” Greenwald said.

He estimates dozens of stories could be written based on the documents.

NSA Leaker Said He Had Civic Obligation to Reveal Surveillance


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who leaked a massive effort by the National Security Agency to monitor e-mails, texts and other Internet traffic of virtually all Americans is a 29-year-old high school dropout, CNN reports.

Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source during an interview with the British newspaper, The Guardian, saying he regrets nothing and was driven by a moral obligation to break the news.

“I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building,” said Snowden, who went into hiding.