NYC: Mike Pompeo promises to roll back Iran nuclear deal and get back the billions Obama has showered upon the Islamic Republic), this could be the Trump card in his pack – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: “Trump’s CIA nominee Mike Pompeo promises to roll back Iran deal,” by Geoff Dyer, Financial Times, November 18, 2016 (thanks to Lookmann):
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Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s nominee as CIA director, is a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear deal and wants to restore surveillance programmes stopped after the Edward Snowden revelations….

With his name circulating as a candidate for the Central Intelligence Agency post, Mr Pompeo took to Twitter on Thursday to promise action on the Iran deal. “I look forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

On Friday, he issued a statement saying it had been a difficult decision to move on from representing Kansas, “but ultimately the opportunity to lead the world’s finest intelligence warriors, who labour tirelessly to keep this nation and Kansas safe, is a call to service I cannot ignore.”

If confirmed, Mr Pompeo would replace John Brennan, who has run the CIA since 2013, after serving as President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser….

As well as opposing the 2014 nuclear deal with Iran, Mr Pompeo has sponsored a series of bills that would increase sanctions on Iran. Earlier this year, he and two other House Republicans requested visas to visit Iran to monitor the parliamentary elections in February.

In the wake of the #Snowden revelations, the Obama administration closed a surveillance programme that collected information on telephone calls by millions of Americans. Mr Pompeo has introduced a bill that would restore the National Security Agency’s access to the telephone data and could also give it access to financial and lifestyle information….

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GERMANY Obama says he ‘can’t pardon’ #Snowden unless whistleblower goes to court in interview to media in Berlin with Speigel and Ard Editor of course he would be arrested before he got to court for some charge – @AceNewServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: President Obama gave an interview to German media outlets Spiegel and ARD during his visit to Berlin, in which he discussed divisions in the US, his darkest moments as president, and whether Edward #Snowden would be pardoned.


Reflecting on Trump’s victory, Obama pointed to an “underlying division” in the US that has to do with economic growth, stagnation, and cultural and demographic issues – anxieties that Trump tapped into.

“I mean, there were probably millions of voters who voted for me and supported me and this time also voted for Donald Trump, and it just indicates that some of this is less ideological and more just an impulse towards some sort of change,” he told Spiegel.

Obama said that, while young people in America “believe in tolerance” and integration, they are less likely to vote, and consequently “sometimes the elections don’t fully reflect the views of the American population.”

“Essentially, the president-elect was supported by about 27 percent of the American population,” he pointed out.

The president believes that addressing “legitimate economic concerns of those who feel left behind by globalization” would reduce tensions and make the world less divided.

When asked if he would pardon Edward Snowden, Obama said, “I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something that I would comment on at this point.”

“I think that Mr. Snowden raised some legitimate concerns. How he did it was something that did not follow the procedures and practices of our intelligence community,” he added. “If everybody took the approach that I make my own decisions about these issues, then it would be very hard to have an organized government or any kind of national security system.”

Obama went on to highlight the need to balance privacy and security. “Those who pretend that there’s no balance that has to be struck and think we can take a 100-percent absolutist approach to protecting privacy don’t recognize that governments are going to be under an enormous burden to prevent the kinds of terrorist acts that not only harm individuals, but also can distort our society and our politics in very dangerous ways,”he said.

He went on to add that “on the other hand, it’s important to make sure that governments have some checks on what they do, that people can oversee what’s being done so the government doesn’t abuse it.”

The interviewers also asked Obama what he considered the darkest moment of his presidency, saying that in Europe people would point to “drone attacks, Guantanamo,” terrorism, and shootings.

Obama listed the economic crisis and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children were shot, as low points.

“I’m very proud of the fact that we ended torture,” he said. “It’s true that I have not been able to completely close Guantanamo, but we’ve drastically reduced the population from 700 or so to around 60 now, and I am going to continue in these two months to make every effort.”

On drones, Obama commended his administration for having “constrained their use,” and said the alternative would be “to invade these countries where there would be much greater loss of life.”

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Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services.

Snowden downloaded more than 1.7 million secret files from security agencies in the United States and Britain in 2013, and leaked details about…

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Connection Between Flight 370 and Snowden NSA Smartphone Leak!

ok, this is me using common sense here with Snowden and flight Flight 370, the missing Malaysian flight. Now Snowden said “They can turn on an App and tap into your Smart phone even when the BATTERY IS OUT” He said it, the video below is a reminder of the interview. Now, if the NSA for example can track you or I 10,000 miles away, 20,000 miles away with a phone powered off or with no battery in it, HOW ON EARTH CAN’T THEY TRACK FLIGHT 370! What Snowden said and using common sense and logic, we see clearly, 100% that this flight, crashed or not could and would have been monitored till it crashed or till it landed. I think it’s a VERY fair assumption to say, flight 370 is a black ops operation, we are being lied to. There is a video at the very bottom explaining all this, but check what Snowden said about smart phones

Edward Snowden’s recent revelation that the NSA can bug cell phones even when they are turned off left some experts split on whether it is true or not. But a group of hackers claim that at least there is a way to protect your phone from spies’ ears. Snowden, who exposed the American government’s secret mass surveillance program, has been making headlines in the media for almost a year with shocking details about the scale of snooping by the National Security Agency (NSA). In last week’s interview with NBC, the former CIA employee yet again added to the spreading privacy panic when he said the NSA can actually eavesdrop on cellphones even when they are turned off. “Can anyone turn it on remotely if it’s off?” Williams asked Snowden referring to the smartphone he used for travel to Russia for the interview. “Can they turn on apps? Did anyone know or care that I Googled the final score of the Rangers-Canadiens game last night because I was traveling here?” “I would say yes to all of those,” Snowden replied. “They can absolutely turn them on with the power turned off to the device,” he added.

It is not news that American (and possibly not only American) special services have been able to use mobile phones as a spying tool for at least a decade. Back in 2006, media reported that the FBI applied a technique known as a “roving bug” which allowed them to remotely activate a cell phone’s microphone and listen to nearby conversations. Pinpointing a person’s location to within just a few meters has not been a problem either thanks to a tracking device built into mobile phones. This option, a party-spoiler for criminals, has also been helpful in finding people who have gone missing or got into trouble. The general belief has been that removing a battery would make tracking impossible. In July last year, Washington Post wrote that “By September 2004, a new NSA technique enabled the agency to find cellphones even when they were turned off.” The agency used it to help American forces in Iraq. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) called the method “The Find,” and “it gave them thousands of new targets, including members of a burgeoning al-Qaeda-sponsored insurgency in Iraq,” the paper wrote.

The video below explains it with the use of a real iPhone.

There are easier ways to enter a complete shutdown, according to Wired. You can hold the home and power buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds without the DFU button sequence. This will put the phone in too low level a state for anything to able to interact with its baseband.

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Snowden says U.S Gov Had All Info Needed To Detect 9/11 Plot – NBC censors it


WOW! America, wakey, wakey

Ok, coming from the Story I have been following here, I have the proof the USA Media are censored by thee Government, the USA is turning more and more fascist by the week, this is not a free press I live in, Here is the full story with the interview NBC had aired, missing the 9/11 part, that part is in the video below this paragraph https://acenewsservices.com/2014/05/30/nsa-releases-single-snowden-e-mail-as-kerry-tells-him-man-up-before-interview-with-us-media/

Last June, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News that he was “glad” that his data was being collected and analyzed. “I’m a Verizon customer,” he added. “I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States,” Graham said. In an unaired clip of NBC News’ interview with Edward Snowden, he explains that mass surveillance isn’t making us safer and is just taking our rights and privacy away.

Here is this clip!

“I take the threat of terrorism seriously, and I think we all do. I think it’s really disingenuous for the government to invoke and sort of scandalize our memories to sort of exploit national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and that our Constitution says we should not give up.”

In the allegedly censored clip, Snowden also reveals that the U.S. had all of the intelligence regarding the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 but we unable to connect the dots.

“You know this is a key question that the 9/11 commission considered, and what they found in the postmortem when they looked at all the classified intelligence from all the different intelligence agencies, they found that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community, as a classified sector, as the national defense of the United States, to detect this plot,” Snowden said.

“We actually had records of the phone calls from the United States and out. The CIA knew who these guys were. The problem was not that we weren’t collecting information, it wasn’t that we didn’t have enough dots, it wasn’t that we didn’t have a haystack, it was that we did not understand the haystack that we had.”

And all of this haystacking is a problem: “The problem with mass surveillance is that we’re piling more hay on a haystack we don’t understand. And this is the haystack of the human lives of every American citizen in our country.”

Snowden said that we’re taking money away from successful investigation tactics and investing in these needle-in-a-haystack-type situation.

“If these programs aren’t keeping us safe and they’re making us miss connections, vital connections on information we already have. We’re taking resources away from traditional methods of investigation from law enforcement operations that we know work.

“If we’re missing things like the Boston Marathon bombings where all of these mass-surveillance systems, every domestic dragnet in the world, didn’t reveal guys that the Russian intelligence service told us about by name, is that really the best way to protect our country or are we trying to throw money at a magic solution that’s actually not just costing us our safety, but our rights and our way of life,” Snowden said.

Makes you wonder what else are we missing and why these shocking revelations weren’t included in NBC’s prime time broadcast.

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NSA releases single Snowden e-mail as Kerry tells him ‘MAN UP’ before interview with US media

The National Security Agency said Thursday that Edward Snowden sent supervisors only one e-mail when he worked there, and it did not protest the nature of NSA surveillance programs. In the e-mail to the Office of General Counsel, Snowden posed a legal question about a training program. “There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations,” the NSA said in a statement. “We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.”

In an interview with NBC News, Snowden said he told the NSA about his concerns about its widespread methods of intelligence gathering.

“I actually did go through channels, and that is documented,” Snowden said. “The NSA has records, they have copies of emails right now to their Office of General Counsel, to their oversight and compliance folks, from me raising concerns about the NSA’s interpretations of its legal authorities. … The response more or less, in bureaucratic language, was, ‘You should stop asking questions.'”

Snowden — who remains in Russia, which has granted him temporary asylum — faces espionage charges in the United States.

Email:

This comes on the day John Kerry 68th United States Secretary of State said “‘Man Up And Come Home'”

US Secretary of State John Kerry has challenged Edward Snowden to “man up and come back to the United States”, after the whistleblower admitted he wanted to return home. Mr Kerry’s comments follow the former National Security Agency contractor’s interview with NBC, his first for US media since he fled the country after leaking a huge volume of classified documents. Now living in Russia on a temporary grant of asylum, Mr Snowden told the network he took action in the belief that he was serving his country in exposing the surveillance programs of the NSA. “I don’t think there’s ever been any question that I’d like to go home,” Snowden said in a segment of the interview. “Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say. That’s a debate for the public and the government to decide. But, if I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home.” And Mr Kerry, speaking before NBC aired that portion of the interview, said: “If Mr Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we’ll have him on a flight today. A patriot would not run away.


Susan Rice has denied Mr Snowden’s recent claims

“He should man up and come back to the United States. If he has a complaint about what’s the matter with American surveillance, (he should) come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case. “If he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice.” Mr Snowden had also said in an earlier part of his interview that he worked undercover and overseas for the CIA and the NSA. He claimed he had a far more important role in US intelligence than the government has acknowledged. “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas,” he said. National security adviser Susan Rice insisted in a CNN interview that Mr Snowden never worked undercover. Mr Snowden said he never intended to end up in Russia but was forced to go there because Washington decided to “revoke my passport.” In response, Mr Kerry said: “Well, for a supposedly smart guy, that’s a pretty dumb answer, after all. “I think he’s confused. I think it’s very sad. But this is a man who has done great damage to his country.”

All this after:
Edward Snowden: ‘I Worked As A Spy Overseas’


Snowden has received support during demonstrations in the US

Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has said he “trained as a spy” and worked “undercover overseas” for intelligence agencies. In his first interview in American media, he rejected claims he was merely a junior contractor, saying he worked “at all levels from the bottom on the ground, all the way to the top”. The 30-year-old, who has been charged in the US with espionage, was granted asylum by Russia in August, 2013, after instigating a series of leaks on mass surveillance in America and around the world. In the NBC News interview, due to air in full on Wednesday, Snowden defended himself against claims he had minimal intelligence experience before he released classified documents revealing the National Security Agency’s programme of phone and internet surveillance. “I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word in that I lived and worked undercover overseas – pretending to work in a job that I’m not – and even being assigned a name that was not mine,” he said. He said he had worked covertly as “a technical expert” for the Central Intelligence Agency and the NSA, and as a trainer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“I don’t work with people,” he said. “I don’t recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I’ve done that at all levels from, from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top. “So when they say I’m a low-level systems administrator, that I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say it’s somewhat misleading.” After the leaks, Snowden travelled to Hong Kong, then headed to Moscow, where he was holed up in the Sheremetyevo Airport for days before he was eventually granted asylum. Secretary of State John Kerry, reacting to the interview, called Snowden a “man who has done great damage to his country”. “A patriot would not run away and look for refuge in Russia,” Mr Kerry told NBC’s Today. “He can come home but he’s a fugitive from justice.” Snowden is wanted in the US on charges including espionage.

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US And China Spy Row: Diplomatic Fallout ‘Huge’


US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the charges

Now that the USA has broken ties with Russia, it is only right and was the planned time for China to be next I guess, but America going mad on ANYONE for spying is the pot calling the kettle black. Stupid really. All the USA have been doing for the last few years is Spy on her allies and others.

America’s decision to file charges against five Chinese individuals and to publish ‘wanted’ posters for them is as serious as it is unprecedented. These are allegations levelled not just against China but against the Chinese State. The United States government is, for the first time ever, accusing another nation of state-sponsored economic espionage or as they called it “21st century burglary”.

The diplomatic fallout will be huge.

The officials from the Department of Justice not only singled out individuals from Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), but they named the unit within the PLA which they say has been doing the hacking: Unit 61398. It is not the first time the unit 61398 has been in the frame. Last February, an American internet security firm called Mandiant published the results of several years research and intelligence analysis. Working on behalf of their clients – multinational companies in both the US and in the UK – they analysed instances of hacking and commercial espionage. Using sophisticated technology and cyber forensics, Mandiant collated evidence and ‘digital crumbs’ from hundreds of investigations.


The Chinese military officials accused of spying by the US

They mapped the IP addresses from many different cyber attacks. Remarkably, they all popped up in one small neighbourhood in the Chinese city of Shanghai, and the location of the headquarters of Unit 61398. Mandiant was not able physically to prove that the hackers were inside the building but analysts were convinced that they could not be anywhere else. “Either they are coming from inside Unit 61398 or the people who run the most-controlled, most-monitored internet networks in the world are clueless about thousands of people generating attacks from this one neighbourhood,” the Mandiant’s founder Kevin Mandia said at the time the report was released.

At the time, the US government said that it was aware of Mandiant’s report. They said they were talking to the Chinese at the highest level about their concerns over cyber espionage of intellectual property. But it was also made clear that the diplomatic sensitivities were huge. The Chinese have been unusually swift with their angry response to the American move. A Foreign Ministry statement, published at nearly midnight in Beijing, said the allegations were “made up”.


US internet firm Mandiant believes some cyber attacks come from China

The Chinese cries of ‘hypocrisy’ will be deafening. After all, as Edward Snowden revealed, America has hacked China – the NSA allegedly hacked into the HQ of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. But the US says its agencies only ‘cyber spy’ when it concerns national security – and they say Huawei is a national security concern. America insists it doesn’t steal intellectual property for commercial gain. In China, the distinction is a little more blurred. America’s allegations are bound to be of concern to companies, big and small, who do business in China and those wanting to break into China. It’s the world’s second largest economy and a market to win. But it’s hard to trust who you’re working with in China.

Hugo Swire, a British Foreign Office minister, is on a trade trip to China this week trying to help UK companies break into the country. But he and his staff leave their smartphones at home – UK government advice states that the chances they may get hacked into are too high to risk taking them. Some of the companies who the Americans say had intellectual property stolen are in the business of nuclear power and solar panels. It just happens that China’s nuclear power and solar panel industries are becoming increasingly successful. Is that through their own innovation or is it “21st century burglary”?


Barack Obama and Xi Jinping (China’s foreign ministry) have discussed cyber-security issues

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` Journalist’s are Honoured at ` Pulitzer Prize Awards ‘ in Difficult and Dangerous Times ‘

#AceBreakingNews – April 14 – (RT) – The Guardian US and the Washington Post are among the winners of a prestigious journalistic Pulitzer award. The newspapers shared the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Reporting for coverage of NSA surveillance and whistleblower Snowden’s leaks.

The prize is awarded “for a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources,” according to the Pulitzer Committee. This includes the use of “stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material.”

The committee stated that it was awarded to the Washington Post for “its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.”

It also awarded joint gold to Guardian US for its “revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.”

#BREAKINGNEWS: We have won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for our coverage of Snowden’s NSA leaks, along with @GuradianUS.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 14, 2014
Among Guardian US and Washington Post revelations were some of the most wide-scale and high-profile disclosures of government secrets since 1971’s Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War.

Glenn Greenwald headed up reporting at the Guardian alongside Ewen MacAskill and film-maker Laura Poitras. Poitras has also collaborated with the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman, who was also honoured.

The impact of both newspapers’ revelations has sparked global outrage at the extent of US covert surveillance of its own citizens and those of other nations. With the help of documents leaked by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, details of clandestine PRISM operations and UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) collaboration emerged.

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NSA and GCHQ : ` Targeted Private and German Companies ' Spying on 122 World Leaders '

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – The NSA’s data-base contains information obtained during the surveillance of over a hundred world leaders, new leaks by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed.

Der Spiegel has looked through a top secret presentation by NSA’s Centre for Content Extraction, which is responsible for automated analysis of all types of text data.

According to the document, the leaders of 122 states were among the high-ranked targets of the US intelligence.

However, only 12 names were revealed by the German journalists in the publication as an example – http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/gchq-and-nsa-targeted-private-german-companies-a-961444.html

ANS2014

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` Brazil Wins Victory for Net Neutrality in Brazil but Companies Win Right to still Store Information '

#AceSecurityNews – BRAZIL – March 26 – Brazil has scored big for net neutrality after its lower house of Congress approved a ground-breaking post-Snowden bill that protects its users’ privacy rights, albeit with some sacrifices.

The measure did not go as smoothly as could have. To ensure success, President Dilma Rousseff had to let it through at the cost of allowing companies such as Google and Facebook to store user information outside Brazil’s servers.

The real truth is that as before all your GMail and Private Data is still stored on Servers outside these countries and as in the case of Google and Facebook free to be used albeit, they will say with restrictions says Ace News Services.

However, other provisions, which ensured that internet providers gave equal privileges to all web traffic, were left in place. This went ahead despite contrary pleas by big local phone carriers who wanted to continue charging users higher prices for separate content, such as video streaming or Skype-like services.RT

In return for allowing Google and Facebook the freedom not to be bound by Brazilian servers, where local user information was concerned, the bill gets to strengthen legal oversight and punishment for companies not respecting local laws when storing Brazilian user data internationally.

If any transgressions are detected, or data is not made available to law enforcement on request, a company would have to pay a fine equal to 10 percent of its annual earnings from the year before.

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` NSA: ` has Spied on `Chinese Telecom Giant Huawei ' and was a `Core Target 'during a Campaign in China '

#AceSecurityNews – NSA – 23 March – The US National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on Chinese leaders and businesses, new Snowden docs indicate.

Yet it seems that China’s telecom giant, Huawei, was the core target for the NSA campaign in China.

The new portion of revelations from the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, published by Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/nsa-spied-on-chinese-government-and-networking-firm-huawei-a-960199.html and The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/23/world/asia/23nsa-docs.html?, has exposed the great interest of the US secret service in obtaining data from China.

It has been revealed that America’s NSA has multiple targets in the world’s second largest economy, among them the Chinese Trade Ministry, national banks, leading telecommunications companies and the country’s top officials, like former Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Related News: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/world/asia/nsa-breached-chinese-servers-seen-as-spy-peril.html

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` Snowden says in an interview with European Parliament ‘ US spy agency pressures allies to Spy ‘

#AceSecurityNews says that in an interview National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden answered questions before the European Parliament on Friday, and said that the United States spy agency pressures its allies to take steps further enabling widespread and indiscriminate surveillance.

“One of the foremost activities of the NSA’s FAD, or Foreign Affairs Division, is to pressure or incentivize EU member states to change their laws to enable mass surveillance,” Snowden said in a testimony delivered remotely from Russia. “Lawyers from the NSA, as well as the UK’s GCHQ, work very hard to search for loopholes in laws and constitutional protections that they can use to justify indiscriminate, dragnet surveillance operations that were at best unwittingly authorized by lawmakers.”

“These efforts to interpret new powers out of vague laws is an intentional strategy to avoid public opposition and lawmakers’ insistence that legal limits be respected,” Snowden insisted.

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` Pentagon has set-up a task force to handle `Snowden ‘ ‘Security Leaks ‘ and determine damage ‘

#AceSecurityNews says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations that were revealed in documents taken by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a top US military officer said.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey tells the House Armed Services Committee the Pentagon set up a task force to determine how the documents could be used, AP reported.

The task force will take two years due to the “magnitude of this challenge.”

The vast majority of the documents taken by Snowden reportedly related to US military capabilities.

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#Snowden : “Web-Crawler was Used to Collect #NSA Files”

#AceSecurityNews `Reports #Snowden used common Web Crawler Tool to collect #NSA files’ 

#Snowden Web-Crwler Tool

AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden used “inexpensive” and “widely available” software to gain access to at least 1.7 million secret files, The New York Times reported, quoting senior intelligence officials investigating the breach.

The collection process was “quite automated,” a senior intelligence official revealed. Snowden usedweb crawler” software to “search, index and back up” files. The program just kept running, as Snowden went about his daily routine.

“We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading this much material in sequence,” the official said.

Investigators concluded that Snowden’s attack was not highly sophisticated and should have been easily detected by special monitors. The web crawler can be programmed to go from website to website, via embedded links in each document, copying everything it comes across.

The whistle-blower managed to set the right algorithm for the web crawler, indicating subjects and how far to follow the links, according to the report. At the end of the day, Snowden was able to access 1.7 million files including documents on internal NSA networks and internal “wiki” materials, used by analysts to share information across the world.

Reportedly, Snowden had full access to the NSA’s files, as part of his job as the technology contractor in Hawaii, managing computer systems in a faraway outpost that focused on China and North Korea.

Officials added that the files were accessible because the Hawaii outpost was not upgraded with the latest security measures.

The web crawler used by Snowden was similar to, but not as advanced as the Googlebot crawler, used by Google and its search engine to access billions of websites and download their contents for fast search results.

The whistle-blower did raise some flags while working in Hawaii, prompting questions about his work, but he was able to ward off criticism successfully.

“In at least one instance when he was questioned, Mr. Snowden provided what were later described to investigators as legitimate-sounding explanations for his activities: As a systems administrator he was responsible for conducting routine network maintenance. That could include backing up the computer systems and moving information to local servers, investigators were told,” according to the report.

Snowden admitted in June to taking an undisclosed number of documents, which in the last half-year have been regularly relied on by the international media for a number of high-profile reports about the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ. He was then granted political asylum by Russia and now resides in Moscow.

The leaks have unveiled a number of previously unreported NSA operations, including those involving dragnet surveillance programs that put the digital lives of millions, if not billions, of individuals across the world into the possession of the US government.

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#Edward-Snowden : ” Russia Has Said he Can Extend his `Asylum’ and even `Apply’ for Citizenship”

#AceSecurityNews says `Snowden’ can extend his asylum every year – lawyer or even apply for `Citizenship’his choice.

Published time: January 26, 2014  11:58
AFP Photo / Mandel NganAFP Photo / Mandel Ngan
Though Edward Snowden’s temporary political asylum in Russia is set to expire in August, his lawyer says the NSA whistleblower has the right to extend his status every year until he is eligible for citizenship.

Snowden will make up his mind very soon, his legal representative in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena, told Kommersant newspaper.

Meanwhile, a top Russian lawmaker has indicated that Russia will most likely extend Snowden’s asylum.He will not be sent out of Russia,” Aleksey Pushkov, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s lower house of Parliament, said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “It will be up to Snowden, The New York Times quoted him as saying.

Kucherena did not rule out that Snowden will apply for an extension of his asylum and maybe even seek Russian citizenship in the future.

In an article published by The New Yorker earlier this week, Snowden dismissed as “absurd”accusations from US lawmakers that he might have spied on behalf of Russia when taking troves of classified US government documents. Snowden insisted that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.”

Snowden asked why he would have initially fled to Hong Kong and why was he “stuck in the airport forever” – in reference to the forty days he spent stranded in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport – if he was a spy. “Spies get treated better than that,” he said.

Snowden’s statement follows accusations made by the chairs of both the House and Senate intelligence committees last Sunday, which insinuated that he might have collaborated with Russia’s special services.

Speaking to RT earlier this week, Kucherena dismissed any accusations against his client, stressing that he has spent a lot of time with Snowden since June of last year and would have been aware if he had cooperated with the Russian government.

But I assure everyone that all day-to-day issues, housing rental etc. – all these questions he resolves himself or with my help.”

The lawyer reminded that Snowden recently obtained a job after spending nearly all of his savings.

“So in this case I cannot say that there is any government involvement, because there is none. His life is modest.”

 

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#NSA : “US `Threats’ Pressure #Edward-Snowden to Ask ‘Russian Police’ for Protection”

#AceNewsServices says `Snowden to ask Russian police for protection’ after `US‘ threats – lawyer

Published time: January 21, 2014 14:13
Edited time: January 21, 2014 17:08
This tablet PC displays a photo of former CIA employee Edward Snowden and his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena leaving the Sheremetyevo airport.  (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)This tablet PC displays a photo of former CIA employee Edward Snowden and his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena leaving the Sheremetyevo airport. (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)
NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, will ask Russian law enforcers to protect him, his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, has said. The former NSA contractor is concerned about his safety after seeing death threats coming from the US.

Snowdon, who is currently living in Moscow under Russia’s temporary asylum, has been following the threats against him in various American media.

“We are concerned with the situation around Edward. We see the statements made by some US officials containing potential and implicit threats and openly calling for causing him bodily harm,” Kucherena said.

One such statement published by BuzzFeed quoted a US intelligence officer describing in detail how he would have assassinated Snowden, if he “had the chance.”

“We would end it very quickly… Just casually walking on the streets of Moscow, coming back from buying his groceries. Going back to his flat and he is casually poked by a passerby. He thinks nothing of it at the time starts to feel a little woozy and thinks it’s a parasite from the local water. He goes home very innocently and next thing you know he dies in the shower,” the chilling detailed fantasy said.

Another unnamed Pentagon official told the media he would have simply loved to “put a bullet in his [Snowden’s] head,” were he not “restricted from killing an American.”

“This is a real death threat and we are concerned about the fact it has prompted no reaction from anybody. That is why we will file a request to the police… We will ask the law enforcers to examine and investigate all such statements,” Kucherena said.

He stressed that according to Russian law, a death threat carries criminal liability.

Snowden’s refugee status makes him fully entitled to ask the police for help, the lawyer said.

Speaking to the Russian TV channel, Vesti 24, Kucherena said Snowden is constantly accompanied by his private guards, but given the threats, this “might not be enough” to ensure his security.

The lawyer said he will demand that the US authorities look into the threatening statements published in the US media, adding that their authors should be identified.

“The people who make extremist statements do so while wearing a mask – they do not reveal their identities. We will ask for these people’s masks to come off. We must know who this NSA officer is, who issues orders about ways to eliminate Edward Snowden,” Kucherena stressed.

The US government “must take note of such statements,” the lawyer added.

On Sunday, two of the top lawmakers within the United States intelligence community have stepped up pressure on Snowden, claiming he might have been linked to the Russian intelligence agencies. The US Congress is now considering whether any officials in the Russian government influenced the actions of the whistleblower, who carried out the biggest leak in history of US security, exposing the massive surveillance program of the US National Security Agency.

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#NSA : ” Newly Declassified Memo Reveals Leaks on NSA Supplied by Edward Snowden Pushed Canada to Review its Surveillance Sharing with other Countries”

#AceWorldNews says a newly declassified memo reveals that leaks on the US National Security Agency supplied by former contractor #Edward-Snowden pushed Canada’s own spy agency to review its policies on sharing intelligence with America and other surveillance partners, Toronto Star reported. The three-page note from Communications Security Establishment Canada head John Forster says the Snowden leaks drove CSEC to examine whether the disclosures would damage its signals intelligence collecting abilities, as well as how the leaks would impact CSEC’s policies on domestic surveillance. The memo was intended for national security adviser Stephen Rigby and was prepared in mid-2013, not long after Snowden’s leaks were first published. The memo was obtained by Toronto Star under the Access to Information Act.

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RT News reported that In a strongly worded…

RT News reported that In a strongly-worded statement issued Wednesday, Angela Merkel’s spokesman shared some details of the phone call with Obama.

“She made clear that she views such practices, if proven true, as completely unacceptable and condemns them unequivocally,” the spokesman said.

Washington, which has been left at loggerheads with many of its allies due to Snowden’s revelations, deployed White House spokesman Jan Carney, who said that President Obama had done his best to reassure the German Chancellor, telling Merkel that the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications.

Carney also said that “the United States is not monitoring the communications of the [German] chancellor.”

But neither Obama nor Carney actually confirmed or denied that Merkel’s phone had been tapped previously.

“I’m not in a position to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity,” Carney said.

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How Much Control Does The US Have Over Companies That Do Not Toe The Line

How much Control has The US Got Over Companies That Do Not Toe The Line – or as it used to be called the party line! Sounds too much like we are in Red China or another such communist state! But no, this is good old ” America Land Of The Free” or so we are led to believe!

Though when good old ” Uncle Sam” says jump companies that want to remain in business or even in the country, ask how high!

So is it or should we say was it – you choose! That a company called Lavabit closed its doors!

An extract courtesy of RT.com confirms just what Ladar Levison of Dallas Texas said or was told to say- you choose! 

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations,” owner and operator Ladar Levison of Dallas, Texas wrote in the statement.I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.”

“I feel you deserve to know what’s going on–the First Amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise,” wrote Levison. “As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.”

The real coincidence is that this email service was the highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden!  And this  had gone offline – and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why.

The Global Post wrote on July 12 that the Sheremetyevo Airport press conference hosted by Snowden later that day was announced to human rights groups under the email address “edsnowden@lavabit.com” and signed by “Edward Joseph Snowden.” Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald have both since reported that Lavabit is indeed Snowdon’s email provider.

So maybe if you are like me and more people are joining this view every day – you can see government control at work, the question in my mind is not how far have they gone, but how far are they willing to go!

Leave your comments and your news and views or tweet adding #AceNewsServices or #EdwardSnowden  and we can spread the word that freedom of speech whether in digital, written or spoken word is our to express as we see fit, not to be controlled or altered to suit any government ,organisation or body! The freedom of speech is our God-given right, as in our free-will is our right to say yes or no!

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