May 2014

Government Executive

Introduced by an emcee acknowledging that “some in the audience may not be comfortable” honoring him, ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden received a standing ovation on Thursday when he weighed in via video link from an undisclosed location and accepted an award for “truth-telling.” (more)

Guardian U.K.

Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put ‘grave strain’ on US-German relations (more…)


The Obama administration said it filed 1,655 applications with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2013, down from 1,856 the previous year. The court maintained its controversial record of virtually never rejecting a government surveillance request, doing so zero times in 2013. (more…)

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