National Security


Sun June 9, 2013

NSA Whistleblower Revealed

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 4:36 pm



It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Tess Vigeland.

After a steady drip, drip of leaks to the media about the secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, this afternoon, The Guardian newspapers revealed the name of their source.

EDWARD SNOWDEN: My name is Ed Snowden. I'm 29 years old. I work for Booz Allen Hamilton as an infrastructure analyst for NSA in Hawaii.

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Sun June 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Newspaper Reveals Source For NSA Surveillance Stories

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 4:32 am

In a 12-minute video on The Guardian's website, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA talks about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal that information to the public.
The Guardian
  • "Guardian" reporter Glenn Greenwald on weekends on "All Things Considered"

The Guardian newspaper has identified the source for a series of reports it's published in recent days on secret U.S. surveillance activity as a former technical assistant for the CIA who now works for a private-sector defense and technology consulting firm.

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Sun June 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Bush-Era NSA Chief Defends PRISM, Phone Metadata Collection

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:58 am

Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA and National Security Agency director, in a 2012 photo.
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Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency, tells NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday that the government's acquisition of phone records and surveillance of Internet activity is lawful and justified by the changing nature of the war on terrorism.

Hayden, who served as NSA chief from 1999-2005 and is also a former CIA director, says NSA's activities are "perfectly legal" and "an accurate reflection of balancing our security and our privacy."

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Sun June 9, 2013
NPR Story

Ex-NSA Head Hayden: Surveillance Balances Security, Privacy

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 6:39 pm



This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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Sun June 9, 2013
The Two-Way

The Latest On The NSA Surveillance Story

Originally published on Sun June 9, 2013 11:51 am

British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

In the past several days, there's been a steady flow of leaks about the National Security Agency and its secret surveillance activities, including the gathering of metadata on domestic and foreign telephone calls and the existence of PRISM, described in media reports as a top-secret data-mining program.

New developments are occurring on a daily basis. Here are a few we're watching right now:

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