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On 6 June 2013, Britain's The Guardian newspaper began publishing a series of revelations by an as yet unknown American whistleblower, revealed several days later to be ex-CIA and ex-NSA-contracted systems analyst Edward Snowden. Snowden gave a cache of documents to two journalists: Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, Greenwald later estimated that the cache contains 15,000 – 20,000 documents, some very large and very detailed, and some very small. In over two subsequent months of publications, it became clear that the NSA had operated a complex web of spying programs which allowed it to intercept internet and telephone conversations from over a billion users from dozens of countries around the world. Specific revelations were made about China, the European Union, Latin America, Iran and Pakistan, and Australia and New Zealand, however the published documentation reveals that many of the programs indiscriminately collected bulk information directly from central servers and internet backbones, which almost invariably carry and reroute information from distant countries [TO BE CONTINUED]

Leading supplier of computer security software had secret deal with
NSA to put security flaws in software tools it sold.

Reuters, December 20, 2013

US journalist with ties to Snowden claims his Berlin apartment was

RT, December 21, 2013

NSA program stopped no terror attacks, says White House panel.
NBC News, December 20, 2013

New documents reveal massive scope of NSA spying in 60 countries,
targeting regulators, aid organizations and many others with no
connection to terrorist or illegal activities.

Washington Post, December 20, 2013

Lawyer who won NSA ruling claims spy agency put him under
surveillance and hacked his email account.

The Examiner, December 18, 2013

New evidence that NSA head misled in statements about oversight of spy
agency employees.

The Atlantic, December 16, 2013

NSA mass collection of phone data is unconstitutional, federal judge rules.
But the surveillance continues pending government appeal.

CNN, December 16, 2013

By cracking cellphone code, NSA has capacity for decoding private

Washington Post, December 13, 2013

NSA Director tells Senate committee he needs everybody’s phone records to
maintain national security.

The Guardian, December 11, 2013

NSA uses Google cookies to determine targets for hacking.  
Washington Post, December 10, 2013

NSA snoops online video games.
Time, December 9, 2013

Local police now want access to massive data dumps of cell phone
info comparable to what the NSA routinely acquires.  

Washington Post, December 8, 2013

NSA keeps track of most of the world’s cell phones, collecting
billions of records every day.

Washington Post, December 5, 2013

NSA explored ways of spying on citizens and communication systems
of Canada, Australia and New Zealand without the knowledge or
consent of those nations.

The Guardian, December 4, 2013

NSA spied on foreign leaders at the G20 summit in Canada.
CBC, November 27, 2013

NSA collected details of online sexual activity of radicals—none
connected to terror plots—to find ways of discrediting them.

The Guardian, November 27, 2013

NSA put malware on more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide.
CNET, November 23, 2013

NSA created a secret 4-year strategy plan to increase its powers and
expand its surveillance.

New York Times, November 22, 2013

US and UK struck secret deal allowing NSA to track personal data of
British citizens.

The Guardian, November 20, 2013

NSA shared email and web date with other government agencies, in
violation of court-ordered procedures.

The Guardian, November 19, 2013

NSA refuses to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests from
citizens asking if the agency is spying on them.

USA Today, November 18, 2013

Senate committee passes bill strengthening NSA’s ability to make
warrantless searches.

The Guardian, November 15, 2103

The FBI is helping the NSA spy, but senators don’t want to know about it.
Foreign Policy, November 14, 2013

US software and computer companies see a sudden chill in sales to China
due to NSA concerns.

Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2013

NSA wants to block sales of T-shirt that ridicules government spies.
Voice of America, November 14, 2013

NSA spied on OPEC.
Der Speigel, November 11, 2013

Editor of The Guardian will be interrogated by Parliament over NSA

The Guardian, November 9, 2013

NSA codebreaker who protested government surveillance abuses in
2007 was raided by the FBI.

CBS, November 5, 2013

After reviewing Snowden documents, NY Times declares that the “N.S.A.
seems to be listening everywhere in the world, gathering every stray electron.”

New York Times, November 3, 2013

National Security Agency secretly broke into the main communications links
that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world.

Washington Post, October 30, 2013

NSA eavesdropped on Vatican phone calls, possibly spying on conclave
that selected Pope Francis.

Chicago Tribune, October 30, 2013

White House signed off on spying of foreign leaders, according to
intelligence agency officials.

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2013

Administration source claims the President never approved NSA tapping
phones of foreign leaders because “the NSA has so many eavesdropping
programs, it would not have listed all of them for the president.”

CNN, October 28, 2013

NSA recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month.
Reuters, October 28, 2013

NSA monitored phone calls of 35 world leaders.
The Guardian, October 24, 2013

German government claims it has information that the US may have
monitored cell phone conversations of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Reuters, October 23, 2013

NSA spent $652 million to implant spyware on tens of millions of computers.
BBC, October 22, 2013

NSA collected more than 70 million French phone records in a single month.
Washington Post, October 21, 2013

NSA hacked Mexican President Felipe Calderon's email account.
Der Spiegel, October 20, 2013

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in killer drone program.
Washington Post, October 16, 2013

NSA collects contacts from an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on live chat
services each day.

Washington Post, October 14, 2013

NSA Director defends the organizations mass surveillance programs, but
believes the spies need to do a better job of explaining them to the public.

New York Times, October 12, 2013

Despite increasing controversy and criticism, secret court renews NSA’s
authorization to continue sweeping phone data.

Office of the Director of Natational Intelligence press release, October 11, 2013

NSA’s computer HQ, bigger than Google’s largest data center, has
experienced 10 electricity meltdowns and repeated loss of equipment
in the last year.

Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2013

NSA targeted Tor network, relied upon by dissidents and activists for
anonymous communication.

The Guardian, October 4, 2013

Newly unsealed document reveal that email provider used by Edward
Snowden ordered to hand over encryption codes for Snowden’s messages
(and those of all 400,000 other users) or pay $5,000 per day fine.

Wired, October 2, 2013

NSA chief admits misleading the public with figures on terror plots foiled
by spying.

Washington Times, October 2, 2013

In 2010 and 2011 the NSA conducted a secret test of a program to collect
bulk data about the cellphone locations of Americans.

New York Times, October 2, 2013

Privacy activist who initiated protest letter to NSA refused entry to the US
—and officials refuse to tell him why.

The Guardian, October 1, 2013

NSA ‘Marina’ project tracks users browser activity and contact info for the
last year, and can be used to create lifestyle profiles of millions of people—
including US citizens who aren't suspects.

The Guardian, September 30, 2013

CEO imprisoned after he wouldn't spy for NSA wasn't allowed to mention
this during his trial, or to present evidence that his prosecution may have
been in retaliation for his refusal.

Washington Post, September 30, 2013

Since 2010, the NSA has tracked the social network connections of US

New York Times, September 28, 2013l

NSA employee made unauthorized intercepts of the phone calls of
numerous women over a period of six years without it being detected.

The Guardian, September 27, 2013

Director of NSA tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that there is no
legal limit to how much phone date the government can collect.

Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2013

Senator Feinstein admits NSA is collecting Internet data upstream through
secret agreements with telco companies—in direct contradiction to NSA
public statements.

C-Span, September 26, 2013

Newly released documents show the NSA spied on Muhammad Ali, Martin
Luther King, Frank Church, Howard Baker and others.

The Guardian, September 26, 2013

NSA spy center in Utah has an estimated data capacity of 5 zettabytes—
the equivalent of 1.25 trillion DVDs.

NPR, September 23, 2013

NSA gathers 13.5 billion pieces of information on India over the course of
just 30 days.

The Hindu, September 23, 2013

NSA pays around $300 million dollars to AT&T, Verizon and other
telecom companies in exchange for access to phone calls.

Forbes, September 23, 2013

Secret court that authorized NSA spying contradicted the US Supreme
Court on constitutional rights
The Guardian, September 22, 2013

Justice Department internal ethics watchdog never probed judges’ concerns
about NSA surveillance.

USA Today, September 19, 2013

Department of Justice tried to stop USA Today from running the above

Cryptome.org, September 19, 2013

USA telecommunications companies have never challenged NSA demands
to hand over bulk metadata.  

Wired. September 17, 2103

NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions — sometimes in apparent
violation of national laws and global regulations.

Der Spiegel, September 16, 2013

NSA spent taxpayer dollars to build a war room modeled to look like the
USS Enterprise from Star Trek.

PBS, September 13, 2013

NSA disguised itself as Google to spy.
CNET, September 12, 2013

NSA shares raw intelligence, including private information of American
citizens with Israel.  Secret deal places no limits on how Israel uses this data.

The Guardian, September 11, 2013

Yahoo CEO announces that she would have face prison if she told the truth
about her company’s participation in NSA spying.

The Guardian, September 11, 2013

NSA violated laws on phone spying for years and misled the secret court
that oversaw its operations.

Bloomberg News, September 11, 2013

NSA violations led judge to consider viability of surveillance program.
The Guardian, September 10, 2013

NSA used its influence to undermine vital web security standards.
Boing Boing, September 8, 2013

NSA can access private data on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices.
Washington Post, September 8, 2013

The NSA invested billions of dollars in a program code-named Bullrun to
hack the encryption that protects banking data, medical records, etc.  

New York Times September 5, 2013

NSA hacks “tens of thousands” of private computers every year.
Wired, September 4, 2013

NSA spyed on private emails of the Presidents of Brazil and Mexico.
NBC News, September 2, 2013

NSA spied on news broadcaster Al Jazeera.
Der Spiegel, August 31, 2013

NSA believes it has the right to turn any private business into mass
surveillance operation.

USA Today, August 27, 2013

NSA bugged the United Nations.
The Atlantic, August 25, 2013

NSA employees used surveillance technology to spy on their lovers.
Washington Post, August 24, 2103

NSA paid millions to Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other companies to
fund their help in surveillance.

The Guardian, August 22, 2013

NSA program traced more than email metadata, but also included
online communications—covering 75% of all web traffic.

Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2013

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year.
Washington Post, August 15, 2013

Members of Congress denied acces to basic information about the NSA.
The Guardian, August 4, 2013

NSA tool collects “nearly everything a user does on the internet”
The Guardian, July 31, 2013

Low-level NSA analysts could access information on private citizens with
little or no supervision or court oversight.

ABC News, July 28, 2013

Microsoft gave NSA tools to unlock Outlook encryption even before
official launch.

The Guardian, July 12, 2013

NSA head James Clapper lied to Congress under oath.
Washington Post, June 30, 2013

Misleading NSA fact sheet on surveillance program pulled from
web after senators’ criticism.

Washington Post, June 25, 2013

Secret court has authorized broad orders allowing NSA to use information
"inadvertently" collected from US citizens.

The Guardian, June 20, 2013

NSA swaps data with thousands of firms.
Bloomberg, June 14, 2013

NSA program code-named Boundless Informant gathered 3 billion pieces
of intelligence in a single 30-day period.

The Guardian, June 11, 2013

Secret court authorizes 99.9% of surveillance requests from the NSA.
Mother Jones, June 10, 2013

NSA’s new Utah spy center will cover1.5 million square feet and use
enough electricity to power 65,000 homes.

NPR, June 10, 2013

AT&T, Sprint also provide user information to the NSA.
Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2013

NSA Prism program taps into user data of Apple, Google, Facebook
and others.

The Guardian June 6, 2013

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily.
The Guardian, June 5, 2013