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June 16, 2013
NSA leaked documents reveal U.S. spied on Russian president at G20 summit
The Snowden leaks didn't just disclose the U.S. government's intentions to surveil citizens, both domestically and abroad. For the first time two weeks after the first round of leaks were published, foreign governments were also revealed to be targets.
Published by The Guardian, the U.S. was spying on former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the G20 summit in London in 2009. The NSA was able to intercept communications between Medvedev and his delegation, thanks to the U.S.' close relationship with its British counterpart eavesdropping agency, GCHQ.
Image: White House
Source: The Guardian
June 17, 2013
Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests
After denying any direct involvement in the PRISM spying scandal, three Silicon Valley technology giants released new details on U.S. government requests. Under the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), companies are barred from even acknowledging such a court order exists, let alone disclosing it to the public. The move was in efforts to be more transparent about such national security requests for their customers' data, despite gagging orders in effect.
- Read more: Apple, Microsoft, Facebook release new details on national security requests (CBS News)
Image: ZDNet; Microsoft, Google, Facebook
June 20, 2013
Secret NSA documents on data collection appear more relaxed than first told
More leaks from The Guardian disclose the reach of the NSA's ability to spy domestically. Two documents outlined how the U.S. spy agency is able to target non-U.S. residents, while the other outlined how it can minimize data collection from U.S. residents. The document shed new light on how the NSA targets individuals for monitoring and surveillance, including the "rules" in which it can acquire data on Americans, in spite of law to protect such domestic spying,
- Read more: Secret NSA documents on data collection appear more relaxed than first told (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian