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August 15, 2013
NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, audit finds
Additional leaked documents showed the NSA was culpable of committing serious legal violations of the Fourth Amendment. An internal audit showed serious breaches that were in some cases as a result of typos that would lead to massive unintended data collection.
The May 2012 dated audit showed there were more than 2,700 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. In one of those cases it involved the unauthorized use of data on 3,000 American citizens and green-card holders.
Read more: NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, audit finds (CNET)
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Source: The Washington Post
August 19, 2013
Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained
More controversy stirred for the U.S. and U.K. government after the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist behind The Guardian's "NSA Files" coverage, was detained at London's Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours.
David Miranda was held under the maximum allotted time under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act Schedule 7, which authorizes British security services to stop and detain those suspected of involved in terrorism. According to later reports, the White House was given a "heads up" on Miranda's detention. He was suspected of carrying important and classified documents for later publication.
U.K. lawmakers and politicians later demanded an explanation for the detention of Greenwald's partner.
- Read more: Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained (CBS News)
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August 20, 2013
U.K. gov't thought destroying Guardian hard drives would prevent NSA leaks
While intelligence may have won the British the war, the U.K. government certainly didn't score any awards for creativity when it sent intelligence officers to the basement of The Guardian's newsroom to destroy hard drives, which, naively and stupidly, the U.K. government thought contained the Snowden documents.
In a blog post, The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger described in detail how officials from the U.K. government raided its offices. According to the newspaper's editor, he was given two options: "Hand the Snowden material back or destroy it," Rusbridger said, citing the shadowy Whitehall figure:
"You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more," they reportedly said.
- Read more: U.K. gov't thought destroying hard drives would prevent NSA leaks (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian