6/27 Melting Snow-Job


U.S. charges Snowden with espionage
6/21 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-charges-snowden...

US has to back off but will use snow-job as pretext to further expand fascist measures to secure the state against mass uprisings and revolution
Obama: 'Significant Vulnerability' at US Spy Agency
6/27 http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-says-significant-vulnerability-exis...
U.S. President Barack Obama says the disclosure of clandestine US government surveillance programs by a former intelligence contractor shows there is a "pretty significant vulnerability" at the secretive National Security Agency....At a news conference Thursday in Senegal, the President said "I have not called President Xi or President Putin personally and the reason is...number one, I shouldn't have to. Number two, we've got a whole lot of business we do with China and Russia, and I'm not going to have one case of a suspect we're trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to where I've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues...I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,"" Obama said.

Snowden's Father: Son Would Return for US Espionage Trial
6/28/13 VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/snowdens-father-son-would-return-for-us-e...
Edward Snowden's father Lonnie Snowden In an interview aired on NBC's Today show Friday, said his son be willing to return to the United States to face espionage charges...that through his lawyer he told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder... if the government promises to let him be free in advance of a trial, not prohibit him from speaking publicly about the case and let him choose where he would be tried. There was no immediate response from the Justice Department. The elder Snowden said he did not believe his son committed treason. But he acknowledged that he "has in fact broken U.S. law, in a sense that he released classified information."

World leaders seek answers on US collection of communication data
6/10/13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/10/european-reaction-us-surveil...
... Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's press secretary George Charamba, said it was an unsurprising aspect of US attempts for "world domination"...

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum
Government renounces Andean Trade Preference Act even as Snowden's prospects of reaching Ecuador from Moscow dimmed
6/27/13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward...
"Ecuador gives up, unilaterally and irrevocably the said customs benefits."The waiving of preferential trade rights followed threats from members of the US congress to drop the ATPA in July, when it is due for renewal, unless Ecuador toed the line on Snowden."Ecuador does not accept pressure or threats from anyone, nor does it trade with principles or submit them to mercantile interests, however important those may be," said Fernando Alvarado, the communications secretary.
Ecuadoran officials offered $23m for human rights training in the US, a brash riposte to recent US criticism of Ecuador's human rights record at a press conference

"Latin America is not gone, and we want to keep it"
Latin America ready to defy US over Snowden and other issues
6/25/13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/25/edward-snowden-ecuad...
Any country that grants asylum to Snowden risks retaliation from the United States, including diplomatic isolation and costly trade sanctions. Several don't seem to care. The fact that Latin America has become the favored refuge for a US citizen accused of treason and espionage is an eye-popping reminder of how fully the continent has emerged from Washington's shadow. "Latin America is not gone, and we want to keep it" President Richard Nixon told aides as he was pressing the covert operation that brought down the Chilean government in 1973. A decade later, the Reagan administration was fighting proxy wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. In the 1980s the US Army invaded two Caribbean countries, Grenada and Panama, to depose leaders who had defied Washington. During the 1990s the US sought to impose the "Washington Consensus" on Latin American governments. It embodied... "neo-liberal" principles: budget cuts, privatization, deregulation of business, and incentives for foreign companies. This campaign sparked bitter resistance and ultimately collapsed... Some of the continent's most popular leaders rose to power denouncing the "Washington Consensus" and pledging to pull their countries out of the US orbit. Because Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was the most flamboyant of these defiant leaders, some outsiders may have expected that following his death, the region would return to its traditional state of submission. In fact, not just a handful of leaders but huge Latin American populations want more independence from Washington....

Holder : PRISM only aimed at targets outside US
6/14/13 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/14/prism-nsa-surveillance-europ...
Amid outrage across Europe at the vast scale of the US surveillance operations... Eric Holder, US Attorney General, said the PRISM programme was aimed at "facilitating the acquisition of foreign intelligence information on targets outside the US"... only used if it was "reasonably believed" the "foreign target" was outside the US and was suspected of being involved in terrorism, cybercrime or nuclear proliferation. Use of the surveillance programme was subject to "extensive oversight"."Everything is done consistent with the law," Holder said.

NSA collected US email records in bulk over two years under Obama

NSA inspector general report on email and internet data collection under Stellar Wind – full document
Top-secret draft 2009 NSA inspector general report shows development of 'collection of bulk internet metadata' under program launched under Bush

NSA Can't Tell the Difference Between American and Foreigner
Shane Harris, a Foreign Policy senior writer, additional reporting by WIRED's Noah Shachtman.
The National Security Agency has said for years its global surveillance apparatus is only aimed at foreigners, and ordinary Americans are only captured in the driftnet by accident. There's only one problem with this contention, according to people who've worked within the system: "There is physically no way to ensure only gathering U.S. person e-mails. The system doesn't make any distinction about the nationality" of the individual who sent the message a telecommunications executive who has implemented US government orders to collect data on foreign targets
While technically true NSA is not "targeting" US the communications without a warrant, this narrow and legalistic statement belies the vast and indiscriminate scooping up of US phone calls, e-mails, and Internet communications for more than a decade under the cover of "foreign intelligence" gathering...new documents reveal NSA has deliberately gathered communications metadata it had reason to believe was associated with Americans... routinely capturing and storing vast amounts of the electronic communications of US citizens and legal residents never the subject of a terrorism or criminal investigation, according to interviews with current and former intelligence officials, technology experts, and newly released government documents..."There are U.S. persons in every country. NSA knows when it collects great gobs [of communications] there are going to be U.S. persons in that country. They know that happens" said a former intelligence official...

NSA harvests online metadata in US
Files show vast scale of current NSA metadata programs, with one stream alone celebrating 'one trillion records processed'
6/27 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/nsa-online-metadata-collecti...
Special Source Operations (SSO) directorate inside NSA is extensive.. December 26 2012, SSO announced what it described as a new capability to allow it to collect far more internet traffic and data than ever before. With this new system, NSA is able to direct more than half of the internet traffic it intercepts from its collection points into its own *repositories. One end of the communications collected are inside the US. NSA called the "One-End Foreign (1EF) solution"...codenamed EvilOlive, for "broadening the scope" of what it is able to collect legally, on "FAA Authority"..."After the EvilOlive deployment, traffic has literally doubled."...NSA's metadata collection is highlighted by references in the documents to another NSA program, codenamed ShellTrumpet. On December 31, 2012 ShellTrumpet "processed its One Trillionth metadata record"...
An SSO entry dated September 21, 2012, announced "Transient Thurible, a new British Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) managed XKeyScore (XKS) Deep Dive was declared operational"... "modified" an existing program so NSA could "benefit" from what GCHQ harvested. "Transient Thurible metadata [has been] flowing into NSA repositories since 13 August 2012," the entry states. (Ed: *do NSA drop boxes" include Dropbox, Google Drive, Cloud?)

US 'Shape-shifts' Snowden story with help of conveniently just disclosed, non-archived chat logs
Talking Points Memo PMDC
6/26/ Hunter Walker http://talkingpointsmemo.com/hunter_walker.php> June 26, 2013, 3:22 PM
The most eye-opening chat log published by Ars Technica featured TheTrueHooHa discussing a 2009 New York Times article describing covert U.S. operations to target Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The article was based on information from anonymous sources. Though Snowden would later release classified NSA documents to the press, TheTrueHOOHA blasted the people who apparently leaked information to the Times. “[W]ho the fuck are the anonymous sources telling them this?” asked TheTrueHOOHA. “those people should be shot in the balls.”Along with the leakers, TheTrueHOOHA criticized the Times itself, comparing the paper to Wikileaks, the organization that would later advise and aid Snowden. “WTF NYTIMES … Are they TRYING to start a war? Jesus christ they’re like wikileaks,” TheTrueHOOHA wrote. “They’re reporting classified shit … about an unpopular country surrounded by enemies already engaged in a war and about our interactions with said country regarding planning sovereignity violations of another country you don’t put that shit in the NEWSPAPER.”
Along with his thoughts on leaks, TheTrueHOOHA discussed presidential politics in the Ars Technica chat logs. Snowden told the Guardian he voted for a third party candidate in the 2008 presidential election. At the time, TheTrueHOOHA told his fellow chatters he could back then-Sen. Barack Obama if he teamed up with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). TheTrueHOOHA praised McCain as a “guy with real values” and said of an Obama presidency, “We need an idealist first and foremost.” One 2008 candidate, Hillary Clinton, did not have the approval of TheTrueHOOHA, who said she “would be a pox on the country” in the White House. TheTrueHOOHA also praised libertarian darling Ron Paul, who apparently received a donation from Snowden last year, as “dreamy.” Along with complimenting Paul, TheTrueHOOHA expressed support for other libertarian policies including the gold standard and the elimination of social security.
“[S]ave money? cut this social security bullshit,” wrote TheTrueHOOHA. “Somehow, our society managed to make it hundreds of years without social security just fine.”[...]

Snowden v. Manning
Q: What would you say to others in a position to leak classified information that could improve public understanding of USA intelligence apparatus and its effect on civil liberties?
Snowden: This country is worth dying for.
(ed: how Snowden distinguished himself from Pvt. Bradley Manning who revealed US crimes via documents and video he called 'Collateral Murder' as Manning's trial began with little pres)
"I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is." http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/edwardsnowden-nsa-files-whis...

In 2009, Ed Snowden said leakers “should be shot.” Then he became one
6/26/13, 6:00am PST by Joe Mullin, http://arstechnica.com/author/joe-mullin-2/
The Ars IRC server doesn't log conversations, and there are no official transcripts of any discussions on that server. However, after learning that Snowden appeared to be an Ars user, we received chat logs from multiple longtime users who recalled IRC conversations with the user known as TheTrueHOOHA. That IRC user claimed he was the registered Ars user TheTrueHOOHA, who posted nearly 800 posts in Ars forums, including biographical information and photos that match Snowden.Any handle can be adopted in IRC. However, such "identity theft," while theoretically possible, is unheard of...TheTrueHOOHA has not participated in site chats in over four years. (ed: FYI Ars Technica, owned by Conde Nast since 2008 )

"....emerging portrait of a shape-shifting young man... 'Those people should be shot in the balls' "
Edward Snowden Reportedly Had A Change Of Heart About Leaking
Snowden voiced disdain for data leakers in newly disclosed chat logs
6/26/13 National Security http://www.ibtimes.com/edward-snowden-demanded-south-china-morning-post-...

CIA contractor BoozAllen owned by Carlyle Group, McLean, Virginia; CIA Headquarters, McLean, VA
NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton hired Snowden despite resume discrepancies
6/20/13 http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/21/us-usa-security-snowden

TOM FUENTES, FORMER FBI ASSt. DIRECTOR: The State Department can immediately revoke his U.S. passport and then send a certified copy of the revocation to the authorities in Hong Kong basically notifying them this individual is no longer traveling on a valid U.S. passport.
6/11/13 http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1306/11/cnr.03.html

US revokes Snowden's passport as he waits in Moscow terminal for possible asylum destination
6/23/13 BREAKING STORY http://www.tweaktown.com/news/31258/us-revokes-snowden-s-passport-as-he-...

Whistleblower Snowden escapes arrest in Hong Kong thanks to US errors
6/23/ 14.05 EDT http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/23/edward-snowden-gchq

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage
6/21 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-charges-snowden...

Snowden, and his in-person news interview, electronic communications, credit cards, and contents of his 4 computere must be the only invisible objects in the world to NSA -
which Snowden said collected info on, could find and get anyone anywhere it wanted
Mystery of Snowden’s whereabouts deepens still nowhere to be seen at Moscow airport
6/26/ AP http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/wikileaks-says-ex-nsa-contrac...