Tag: Barton Gellman

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

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Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple

Who Can Respect a System That Helps the CIA to Behave This Way?

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If a Senate or CIA employee decides to leak an unredacted copy of the 6,000-page report on the brutal torture of numerous human beings under President George W. Bush, there will be dismay among many national-security officials, D.C. think-tank employees,

Latest NSA revelations show global reach of U.S. surveillance

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The latest revelation to come from the documents obtained by Edward Snowden may not be the kind that gets average Americans angry, but it shows the true breadth of the U.S. government’s electronic spying apparatus, a web of surveillance that

Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials

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Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden responded to questions from The Washington Post following the release of an e-mail he had sent while working for the National Security Agency. Q: How do you respond to today’s NSA statement and the release

NSA recording ‘100 %’ of another country’s phone calls

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A secret spy program developed by the National Security Agency and reported publically for the first time on Tuesday has given the United States the ability to digitally record the contents of each and every phone call occurring across entire

Why Snowden Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Get Clemency

Woman holds a portrait of former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden in front of her face as she stands in front of the U.S. embassy during a protest in Berlin in this file photo

I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news

Former NSA chief: ‘Morally arrogant’ Snowden will probably become an alcoholic

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Gen. Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA chief, shared a lot of opinions during a discussion at a Washington church Sunday, beyond his thoughts on terrorists' love for Gmail and the U.S. government's approach to the Internet. Discussing the