NSA mass surveillance leaks: Timeline of events to date

NSA mass surveillance leaks: Timeline of events to date

Summary: The U.S. government mass surveillance scandal may be the biggest ongoing story of the year. In this updating timeline, you can explore the full scope of the Edward Snowden leaks, which have implicated the world's most powerful nations in the worldwide spying operation.

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  • September 12, 2013

    NSA provides Israel with raw, unchecked U.S. intelligence

    The close relationship between the U.S. and Israel is far from secret. But to what extent data is shared was outlined in further published revelations, which claimed the U.S. gives the Middle Eastern country raw, unchecked access to its collected intelligence. 

    The "raw" nature of the intelligence means that the data has not been filtered out to prevent Americans' data from being inspected by the Israeli intelligence agency..

    Image: IDF/Wikimedia Commons

    Source: The Guardian

  • September 16, 2013

    NSA snoops on credit card transactions, says report

    New light was shed on the NSA's "Follow the Money" division, which allowed the U.S. spy agency to tap into the vast amount of financial data held by Visa and other credit and debit card providers.

    While Visa told German media that it was "not aware of any unauthorized access" to its networks, the NSA was still reportedly able to collate 180 million records in a secret database -- with 84 percent of those records being credit card transactions.

    Image: StockMonkeys/Flickr

    Source: Der Spiegel

  • September 16, 2013

    Belgacom clears up after hack attempt

    The main telco in Belgium said it was dealing with the aftermath of an intrusion in its systems. The first suspect to mind was the NSA, which according to sources claimed the U.S. intelligence agency has been hacking into the telephone and Internet provider since early 2011.

    Not long after and not far along the European western coast, three Dutch ministers said they had "no evidence" to suggest that major Internet provider in The Netherlands, KPN, was targeted by foreign intelligence agencies. 

    Image: Wikimedia Commons

    (Source: Belgacom; De Standard)

Topics: Security, Government US, Government UK

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  • 79 pageloads?

    Really? No thanks. It's a shame, would have been interesting to read.
    -nihilist-
    • There's a single slide link

      If you're interested. On the first slide -- at the bottom. See? Not much, but I hate slideshows as much as anyone else.
      zwhittaker
  • 79 pageloads?

    Really? No thanks. It's a shame, would have been interesting to read.
    -nihilist-
  • Those who sacrifice liberty for security will lose both...

    And we've let the NSA and FISA trample over our civil liberties.

    At this point, we get to complain while out elected representatives lean over and hand more of our Constitutional rights to spy agencies.

    At least someone in the US Government listens...24/7...without a warrant.

    http://www.reagencydesign.com/collections/54275-all-products/products/1673274-nsa-were-still-listening-s-xl
    Ad Astra
  • What Liberty is being sacrificed?

    I've heard it said by many, yet they haven't been able to tell me what liberty they're sacrificing.
    William.Farrel
    • Freedom of speech.

      freedom of association
      freedom of travel
      freedom from unwarranted search and seizure
      freedom from secret laws
      freedom from secret arrest
      right to a speedy and public trial
      right to face your accuser

      Evidently you skipped civics class in high school.
      jessepollard
      • I didn't know that

        They stopped your freedom of association? Who did they not let you hang out with?

        They stopped your freedom of travel? Where did they stop you from going?

        They stopped your freedom from unwarranted search and seizure? What did they take from you?

        They stopped your freedom from secret laws? Who says that's something you ever had or were granted, but then again, no such thing as a secret law. That's like saying there's a secret clause in a contract you didn't know about but have to adhere to.

        They stopped your freedom from secret arrest? No such thing as a secret arrest, if you understand what an "arrest" is.

        They stopped your right to a speedy and public trial? No such thing as a secret trial. As for speedy, they don't do that in public, either.

        They stopped your right to face your accuser? That happens in the secret trial, remember?

        Nice thing about claiming all this "secret" stuff -you don't have to prove your side of the argument, claiming "well duh - it's all secret, that's why you don't hear about it".

        Evidently I didn't skip civics class in high school, but I'm wondering if you did.
        William.Farrel
        • re: I didn't know that

          > They stopped your freedom of association?

          It's called "chilling effect" and it's been used by the SCOTUS to strike down laws that don't directly prohibit the exercise of a right (like freedom of association) but do discourage people from exercising it for fear of legal repercussions.

          If you know for a fact the government is monitoring your associations, you're going to think about that before you make any new ones you have a perfectly legal right to make but which the government may not like.

          And BTW, you are correct there are no secret laws, per se. However the DoJ's interpretations of some laws are, in fact, secret and classified. So the effect is the same as secret laws.
          none none
        • They stopped freedom of travel with "watch lists"

          And once you are on one, you can't get off.
          jessepollard
        • They stopped your freedom from unwarranted search and seizure

          when you can no longer travel with laptops.

          They can seize them at any time - train, bus, plane...

          And sometimes you never get them back.
          jessepollard
          • That's weird...

            "They stopped your freedom from unwarranted search and seizure when you can no longer travel with laptops."
            -------------------------------

            That's weird... I travel with a laptop all the time.
            Hallowed are the Ori
          • Keep sucking down the coolAid until the gestapo knocks on your door.

            Are you awake or in a coma from watching to much faux fantasy?
            Reality Bites
        • No such thing as a secret trial...

          All they do is claim "national security", and there are no public views. No public review, no access to the evidence, and essentially, no representation other than what is provided for you.
          jessepollard
          • In Federal Court...

            there are even things called "sealed evidence" wherein the Judge is to rule on without even seeing it.
            SmartAceW0LF
        • They stopped your right to face your accuser?

          "That happens in the secret trial, remember?"

          No, it doesn't - at least according to the reports from the few people that managed to get out.

          Secret trial remember? - you aren't allowed to see the evidence, remember? And you certainly can't have your council interview the accuser (classified remember?).
          jessepollard
          • another one from your Federal Courts...

            you no longer have the right to face your accuser if that individual's identity needs to remain a secret pending further investigations. And all of this has nothing to do with national security whatsoever. These are the standard fare we all live under in the Federal Jurisdiction. Oh, there's plenty more the better portion of citizens of this country are clueless about in that realm.
            SmartAceW0LF
        • "Evidently I didn't skip civics class in high school"

          You must have slept through it then, as you didn't learn anything.
          jessepollard
        • lol microsoft troll doesn't give up...

          ...of course.
          he got instructions to bark.
          veryevilempire
        • You don't understand do you? Perhaps when you mature you'll get it.

          It would take much too long to break the story down to simple enough terms that you could grasp it.

          Try getting out a little more.
          Reality Bites
    • oh look, microsoft troll is algo government troll...

      ...its no wander since microsoft is in bed with government since at least 1990-is.

      it's not called "evil empire" for nothing.
      veryevilempire