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June 21, 2013
U.S. files espionage charges against NSA leaker
Just two weeks after the NSA surveillance scandal broke, the U.S. government brought charges against Edward Snowden, whose whereabouts at the time were unclear. Believed to be holed up in Hong Kong, the whistleblower becomes one of the handful of those ever charged under the Espionage Act for leaking what may amount to hundreds of thousands of classified documents.
- Read more: U.S. files espionage charges against NSA leaker (CBS News)
Image: Dept. of Justice
June 24, 2013
Edward Snowden on the run, reportedly in Russia
As the global manhunt for Edward Snowden continues, the plane carrying the NSA leaker touches down at a Moscow airport. Everyone from U.S. authorities to the members of the media were guessing as to where his final destination would be. Russian authorities however did not say whether or not Snowden had formally entered Russian territory.
- Read more: Edward Snowden on the run, reportedly in Russia (CBS News)
Image: Ian Geldard/Twitter
June 24, 2013
Skype's Project Chess: Supernodes ditched for scalability or surveillance?
Skype's principal architect explained why the company redesigned its backend infrastructure, which many have claimed made it easier for governments to wiretap calls. Following the acquisition of Microsoft, some claimed the infrastructure change to datacenters would make it easier for the NSA to tap into calls.
It follows claims by The New York Times that a small handful of Skype employees established "Project Chess," a system designed to explore the legal and technical issues behind handing over Skype user data to law enforcement agencies..
- Read more: Skype's Project Chess revealed: Peer-to-peer supernodes ditched for scalability or surveillance? (ZDNet)
Image: Microsoft via CNET
Source: The New York Times