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Years-old story that Edward Snowden can prove Osama bin Laden lives in Bahamas is fake news – PolitiFact

A fake news story claimed that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had proof that Osama bin Laden was still alive, living with family in the Bahamas. (AP photo)

A fake news story that said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had proof that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was enjoying a taxpayer-funded lifetime vacation in the Caribbean has resurfaced after several years.

“Edward Snowden: Osama bin Laden is still alive living in the Bahamas,” read the headline on a May 13, 2017, post on AntiNews.in, a repository of wild-eyed conspiracy stories. It was flagged by Facebook users as potentially fake as part of the social media websites efforts to combat fake news.

The post said Snowden told the Moscow Tribune that instead of killing the al-Qaida leader in May 2011, the United States set him up with a cushy retirement fund through the CIA payroll. As of 2013, it said, bin Laden is living with “five of his wives and many children” collecting more than $100,000 a month via a Nassau bank account.

“Osama Bin Laden was one of the CIAs most efficient operatives for a long time,” Snowden is allegedly quoted as saying. “What kind of message would it send their other operatives if they were to let the SEALs kill him? They organized his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret services, and he simply abandoned his cover. Since everyone believes he is dead, nobodys looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear. Without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.”

We could find no evidence that Snowden, who leaked classified information about the federal governments surveillance programs, has ever said such a thing about bin Laden. Snowden fled to Moscow to avoid espionage charges and has since given several interviews, but this post is fake.

Versions of the story have appeared on many other websites over the last several months. But it originated on WorldNewsDailyReport.com, a parody website weve identified on our list of dubious news sources, way back on Aug. 25, 2015.

The sites disclaimer noted that “WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website even those based on real people are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”

The sites stories are fabricated. As far as we can tell, the Moscow Tribune is not even a real media outlet, although there are Twitter and Facebook accounts under that name that do share news stories (the paper in Moscow, Idaho, is called the Daily News).

The version of the post on AntiNews.in also cited a Dec. 31, 2015, post on a site called NaijaPicks.com, which said it worked “to keep you informed on what’s going on in Nigeria, Africa and the world over.” The post also included real quotes from Snowden reported in The Guardian newspaper in 2013.

We attempted to reach AntiNews.in through its online contact form, the only available method of reaching the site, but did not receive a response.

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Comey hailed as ‘intelligence porn star’ by Assange, as Snowden defends ‘leak’ – RT

Published time: 8 Jun, 2017 22:03 Edited time: 9 Jun, 2017 10:20

James Comey’s revelation Thursday that he leaked information to the media received mixed reactions from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange seized the opportunity to play on the former FBI Directors own words, when he coined the term “intelligence porn” in his criticism of WikiLeaks’ activities.

READ MORE:Intelligence porn: FBI directors new nickname for WikiLeaks

Meanwhile, Snowden, reacted somewhat more empathetically, tweeting: sometimes the only moral decision is to break the rules.

Comey confirmed under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked details of a meeting with President Donald Trump to the media via a friend. The leaked memo included the claim that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials.

READ MORE: Ex-FBI chief Comey: Many news stories about Russia are just dead wrong

Weighing in on Thursdays proceedings, Snowden subtly pointed out the similarities in their situations.

The whistleblower added that he was sympathetic to Comeys reasoning for the leak but noted that the government was not convinced when the same argument was made by former CIA director General David Petraeus over his leaks.

Snowden also responded to claims by Trumps lawyer that Comey made unauthorized disclosures of privileged communications, with the former NSA contractor saying the public interest in this case is superior.

In March, Snowden called out Comeys statement on leaks to the media in which the then-FBI director suggested such releases could be deterred by locking some people up.

In June 2013, federal prosecutors, led by Comey, filed criminal charges against Snowden under the Espionage Act over the leaking of classified information regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

Two years later, Comey called Snowden a fugitive, adding, Id love to apprehend him so he can enjoy the benefits of the freest and fairest criminal justice system in the world.

However that hasnt stopped the whistleblower coming to the defense of the former FBI director in the aftermath of his firing by Trump. This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you, he tweeted last month.

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The Perils of Whistleblowing: My Interview With Edward Snowden – Entrepreneur

In 2013, Edward Snowdens life — and the world — changed forever. This former NSA contractor blew the whistle on the agencys practice of collecting private information and conducting mass surveillance on citizens when he brought evidence to the press and then left the country.

In a video chat moderated by Secret Knock conference organizerGreg S. Reid, I was able to ask him a question directly. “Do you have any regrets?” I asked.

My mission was never to change the world, he said.My mission was to return public information to public hands so you could determine whether things should change…. I regret only that I did not do more — sooner and bolder.”

In part, Snowden hoped his actions would embolden others to step forward when they saw wrongdoing. While the majority of us will never be called on to report anything of comparable national or global scale, you may be one day called on to speak up. In a 2011 poll, 45 percent of American workers stated that they had observed wrongdoing in the workplace. Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, here are my suggestions, coupled with Snowden’s experience, on how to stop being a passive observer and become a safe whistleblower.

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The line between a whistleblower and a leaker is fine and hotly debated. The general distinguishing mark tends to be the avenues taken to release information to the public. Whistleblowers are those who follow legally established procedures for exposing wrongdoing; they work within the system, reporting to the proper authorities so that matters can be handled internally. The leaker is one who bypasses the system altogether and goes directly to the press. The former is protected and guided by law; the latter is not.

To this day, Snowden maintains he did everything he could to work within the system. I still made tremendous efforts to report these programs to co-workers, supervisors, and anyone with the proper clearance who would listen, he said in a 2014 live Q&A. The reactions of those I told about the scale of the constitutional violations ranged from deeply concerned to appalled, but no one was willing to risk their jobs, families, and possibly even freedom to go to through what [Thomas] Drake did.

It was only after facing this internal resistance that he turned to journalists to help get his message out. Even then, he was careful. As a condition of access to archive, I required journalists to go to the government in advance and tell them what they were going to be writing so the government had a chance for rebuttal, he said. In every case, process has been followed.

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For those who would follow Snowdens example, the single greatest obstacle is fear. Snowdens colleagues were intimidated by the example of Thomas Drake, former NSA executive who revealed unethical acts committed by the NSA and subsequently endured raids by the FBI and prolonged prosecution. Similar examples are often enough to deter any would-be whistleblower.

The greatest threat to fear is knowledge. Take time to investigate whistleblower protection programs. Research and understand your rights. Identify those groups that can support you while working.

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Protection aside, once youve blown the whistle, youre in for a rough ride. Snowden had no misunderstandings. Though he never intended to end up in Russia, he did expect to end up in a jumpsuit in Guantanamo Bay. He understood that calling attention would mean an end of his life as hed been living it. I realized I had to come forward, light a match, burn my life to the ground if this was really going to work.

As Snowdens case has demonstrated, whistleblowing isnt as simple as identifying a problem and accepting a reward. Be ready for backlash from within and without your organization as you stand by your principles. Since 2009, retaliation has increased 83 percent, while whistleblowing incidents have only increased by 12 percent.

If youre not willing to be called bad names, . . . you dont really believe in anything that much, he says. Being criticized is the price of admission for achieving change. The most common thing in the world of politics is that change is never comfortable.

Intimidation isnt the only route that businesses and governments will take to silence whistleblowers. Many will offer hush money, effectively turning you from an opponent into an accomplice. Dont take that risk. Too many examples show when the coverup is revealed, both the company and the silenced party are worse off.

On the one hand, hotlines are a powerful asset. Calls are made and recorded are proof the employee has performed their due diligence in reporting wrongdoing.

On the other hand, the hotline is a conflict of interest on the companys part. In his book, The Whistleblowers Handbook, Stephen Kohn advises caution. Hotline programs are under no duty to help whistleblowers, Kohn writes. They are voluntary programs, and the nature and extent of their investigations are outside of the control of the employee. There is no requirement that these programs offer employees complete or accurate information about their legal rights. In other words, the programs exist for the benefit of the government/corporation; they are not legal service programs for whistleblowers.

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When asked, Snowden said he only regrets how long it took him to come forward.

I would do it again, he said. Despite everything that has happened to him, he believes firmly that the good in the world outweighs the bad. Investigation incited by Snowdens revelations revealed that the NSAs mass surveillance tactics had done nothing to stop terror attacks. Despite condemning Snowdens actions in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for reform within the NSA and Congress. None of that would have happened if Snowden hadnt taken the risk and come forward.

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Vladimir Putin reveals his views on women, gays and Edward Snowden – Zee News

London: Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have bad days because he is “not a woman”, and would rather not shower next to a gay man because he wouldn`t want to “provoke him”.

The Russian President`s comments came in series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone on topics ranging from geopolitics to gay rights and Edward Snowden.

“The Putin Interviews”, a documentary comprised of conversations with the Russian president that took place between July 2015 and February 2017, show Putin musing on life and philosophy.

“Do you ever have a bad day?” Putin was asked during a tour of the Throne Room, and he said, “I`m not a woman so I don`t have bad days.” He then doubles down on the misogyny, explaining that, “There are certain natural cycles which men probably have as well, just less manifested. We are all human beings.

It`s normal. But you should never lose control,” the Guardian quotes Putin, as saying.On the question whether gays can serve in the military in Russia, Putin said, “If you`re taking a shower in a submarine with a man and you know he`s gay, do they have a problem with that?

“Putin even denied that there was any persecution of gay people in Russia, despite a law being passed against the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” and recent reports of a “gay purge” in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

When asked whether he would be comfortable showering next to a gay man, he said no.”I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I`m a judo master,” said Putin laughing.In the interview with Stone, Putin reveals that he once suggested to former U.S. president Bill Clinton that Russia may consider joining a Washington-led military alliance.

Commenting on U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Russian President said, “Snowden is not a traitor. He did not betray the interests of his country.

Nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or to his own people. The only thing Snowden does, he does publicly.”Putin also appeared to change the story of how Snowden ended up in Moscow.”Our first contact with Snowden was in China.

We were told back then that this was a person who wanted to fight against violations of human rights,” Putin said.At the time, however, Putin and other Russian officials gave the impression that the first Russia knew of Snowden was when he arrived in Moscow with the intention to transit to Latin America.

“Snowden arrived in Moscow, which was completely unexpected for us. He came as a transit passenger, so he didn`t need a visa or other documents,” Putin said then.When asked if he was worried about assassination attempts, Putin said “They say those who are destined to be hanged are not going to drown.

“Putin, an ex- KGB Foreign Intelligence Officer for 16 years, said “I remember one of our last meetings with President Clinton, when Clinton was still in office. He visited Moscow and during a discussion I said, `So, what if [we] consider an option of Russia maybe joining NATO.

“While Clinton replied that he “didn`t mind,” the rest of the American delegation became visibly nervous, Putin recalled with a smile.Putin called NATO “an instrument of America`s foreign policy,” saying that the US-led alliance “has no allies, but only vassals.

“According to the Russian leader, some member states find it hard to resist Washington`s pressure, and thus, “anything can be easily placed” on their territories, including both anti-missile and offensive systems.

“And what are we supposed to do? Due to that, we have to take counter measures,” Putin told his American interviewer. Promoted as “the most detailed portrait of Putin ever granted to a Western interviewer,” it will feature interviews between the director and the Russian leader that were made during several encounters over two years.

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A 25-year-old government contractor was arrested Tuesday after providing a top secret NSA document to the news website The Intercept, reports NBC News. The document is from May 5.

The document is an analysis of Russian intelligence efforts to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It doesnt detail a direct link to any votes being changed, but does outline a concerted and deeper effort than previously known. The analysis describes a technique called spear phishing, where spoof e-mails invite user to click on links or open attachments that contain malicious software. The attacks targeted an election software company and 122 local election officials.

Read:Edward Snowden Reacts To WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Dump, Calls CIA Documents ‘Authentic’

This is in direct opposition to what Russian President Vladimir has claimed, saying that the Russian state has not been involved in any kind of hacking.

The leaker, a government contractor named Reality Leigh Winner, was charged with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information in U.S. District Court in Georgia. The federal complaint accuses Winner of unlawfully transmit(ing) the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.

Winner worked for Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia. CNN reportedThursdaythat her mother said she had never praised past leakers such as Edward Snowden and wasnt particularly political. She also spent six months in the military.

Winner had a top secret clearance for documents and faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Snowden case differs from Winner in several key components.

While we dont know if Winner took more than the one document, Snowden took thousands, at least seven thousand of which have been published, according to Business Insider.

Snowden was also careful to leave his job as a contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii and flee to China before releasing the documents, putting him out of reach of authorities. Both are charged with violating the espionage act.

Read:Why The US Wants To Arrest Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, A Matter Jeff Sessions Called ‘A Priority’

Both leakers, however, are working with journalist Glenn Greenwald. The Intercept was founded in 2013 by Greenwald. Snowden worked with Greenwald while he was reporting for British newspaper The Guardian. Both leakers took information related to the NSA, but Snowdens had far greater reach and impact.

President Donald Trump has been very vocal about his disdain for leakers, especially on Twitter. He often parlays news stories by going after leakers as the real story.

Reality Winner poses in a photo posted to her Instagram account Photo: REUTERS

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Edward Snowden: Prosecuting NSA Leaker Threatens The Free Press – HuffPost

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is speaking out in support of Reality Winner, who was arrested by the FBI onSaturday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Winner, 25, a federal contractor with Pluribus International Corp. in Augusta, Georgia, is accused ofremoving classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The arrest came after The Intercept releaseda classified National Security Agency reportabout Russian military intelligence officers alleged attempt to carry out a cyberattack on a voting software company and on local election officials days before the 2016 U.S. election.

Snowden can relate to Winners experience, as he was charged in 2013with stealing government property and violating the Espionage Act.The former Central Intelligence Agency employee and NSA contractor has been living under asylum in Russia ever since he fled the United States that year.

Winner is currentlybeing held in a federal detention center in Lincolnton, Georgia. Her attorney Titus Nichols fears shes being questioned when hes not present.

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Snowden, who is president of the board for the Freedom of the Press Foundation, described the Espionage Act as a fundamental threat to the free press in a statement on Tuesday.

He wrote that the World War I era law meant for spies explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the publics benefit.

Snowden says thats especially chilling because Winner was allegedly a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance, and not a spy.

This often-condemned law provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interestwhistleblowing from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen.

Snowden said that if America truly values free trials, Winner deserves to be released on bail.

No matter ones opinions on the propriety of the charges against her, we should all agree Winner should be released on bail pending trial. Even if you take all the government allegations as true, its clear she is neither a threat to public safety nor a flight risk. To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all.

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Vladimir Putin on Edward Snowden’s NSA Leak: He Shouldn’t Have Done It – Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putinbelieves Edward Snowdens decisionto leaktop-secret information from the National Security Agency was wrong.

Yet speaking in an interview with Oliver Stone for a series called The Putin Interviews,which airs onShowtime on June 12, the Russian president also defended Snowden, a former NSA contractor who is currently living in exile in Moscow.

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As an ex-KGB agent, you must have hated what Snowden did with every fiber of your being? Stone asks Putin through a translator in a clip from the show.

“Snowden is not a traitor,” Putin replies. “He didnt betray the interest of his country. Nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or to his own people.

Still, the Russian president said he thought Snowden had other options.

I think he shouldnt have done it,” Putin said.

If he didnt like anything at his work, he should have simply resigned. But he went further. Thats his right. But since you are asking me whether it’s right or wrong, I think its wrong.

The four-part special from Stone will air a week after Putin’s much publicized interview withNBC’s Megyn Kelly and comes at a time when allegations continue to swirl that Russian intelligence meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possibly colluded with now-President Donald Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Oliver Stone for series called “The Putin Interviews.” Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool/Reuters

During the interview with Stone, Putin also defended the actions of his own intelligence services.

“Our intelligence services always conform to the law,” the Russian president said. “Thats the first thing. And secondly, trying to spy on your allies if you really consider them allies and not vassals is just indecent. Because it undermines trust. And it means that in the end it deals damage to your own national security.”

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‘He who is fated to be hanged won’t drown’: Vladimir Putin appears to confirm attempts to assassinate him – Telegraph.co.uk

Vladimir Putin has appearedto confirmduring an interview that he has survived multiple assassination attempts.

The Russian president made the comments in excerpts from a series of interviews with JFK director OliverStone,that will be aired later this month.

In previews of the interviews, released on Thursday evening, Mr Putin and Mr Stone discuss attitudes to death. Asked by Mr Stone about five alleged assassination attempts, Mr Putin said his security team look after him and that “up to now they haven’t done badly.”

“I trust them,” he added when asked if he feared assassins could infiltrate his security detail.

“You know what our people say: he who is fated to be hanged won’t drown,” he adds to Stone, who does not have an immediate answer.

Asked what his own fate would be, he said: “Only God knows our fate.”

In anothersegment, Mr Putin defended Edward Snowden, saying he waswas wrong to leak details US intelligence eavesdropping programs but is not a traitor to the United States.

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‘Rights are lost by cowardly laws’: Snowden says govts, not terrorists, undercut free speech – RT

Whistleblower Edward Snowden offered an impassioned argument against terrorism being used as a pretext for introducing mass surveillance in a video-linked speech to a migration conference on Tuesday night.

Speaking to the Estoril conference on global migration in Portugal via video from Moscow, where he has lived for the past four years after being granted asylum by Russia in 2013, Snowden argued that terrorists do not possess the power to destroy peoples rights or weaken a societys strength. That only happens when those in a position of power use extremists as an excuse to create laws that encroach on peoples liberties, he said.

READ MORE: WikiLeaks staff are in danger: Pilger, Kiriakou discuss Assanges ongoing legal battle

Terrorists dont hate us for our freedom, they dont even know what our freedoms are… Terrorists are incapable of destroying our rights or diminishing our society they lack the strength only we can do that.

Rights are lost by cowardly laws that are passed in moments of panic. Rights are lost to the cringing complicity of leaders who fear the loss of their office more than the loss of our liberties.

Snowden argued that governments arent using mass surveillance tools to counter terrorism, rather they are being used to discover journalists sources, specifically journalists who have written stories that were embarrassing to the government.

READ MORE: Terrorist suspects should be locked up in internment camps, says ex-police chief

The whistleblower further argued that the best way to defeat terrorist ideologies is to allow them to get a full public airing. The way to discredit terrorist ideas is not by censoring them from public spaces these ideas are not attractive, these ideas grow best in the dark Drag it out onto the stage of the world, show people why it is wrong and why we can do better.

The former NSA contractor made a similar argument when answering a question from the floor which asked him to discuss recent comments from UK Prime Minister Theresa May which made the case for regulating the internet to combat terrorism.

Snowden noted that the Investigatory Powers Act which the UK parliament passed last year and which Snowden described as the most extreme surveillance law in the history of the western world was being justified as a means of rooting out terrorists.

READ MORE: UN slams Britains Big Brother anti-terrorism strategy

Snowden said he understood the impulse, but said that there is no public evidence that these policies are effective. On the contrary, there is clear evidence that they cause harm to the public, he said.

We have seen people fall on blacklists. We have seen, again and again throughout history, political parties be hamstrung, to face resistance, be silenced by governments because of their politics, their beliefs, their ideologies, which over time are always derived from what state security agencies say is a necessary effort to protect the nation.

Im not going to so far to say this is sort of an evil plan on behalf of the United Kingdom or any other nation, Snowden said. But we need to focus on one thing, the need for speech, access to free speech, free association, a free press, the ability to pick up a phone and be able to dial someone that you love without worrying about what that looks like in government database somewhere, how that will be reviewed 10 years from now when you get on a politicians bad side. This is the foundation of any free society.

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Years-old story that Edward Snowden can prove Osama bin Laden lives in Bahamas is fake news – PolitiFact

A fake news story claimed that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had proof that Osama bin Laden was still alive, living with family in the Bahamas. (AP photo) A fake news story that said former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had proof that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was enjoying a taxpayer-funded lifetime vacation in the Caribbean has resurfaced after several years. “Edward Snowden: Osama bin Laden is still alive living in the Bahamas,” read the headline on a May 13, 2017, post on AntiNews.in, a repository of wild-eyed conspiracy stories. It was flagged by Facebook users as potentially fake as part of the social media websites efforts to combat fake news. The post said Snowden told the Moscow Tribune that instead of killing the al-Qaida leader in May 2011, the United States set him up with a cushy retirement fund through the CIA payroll. As of 2013, it said, bin Laden is living with “five of his wives and many children” collecting more than $100,000 a month via a Nassau bank account. “Osama Bin Laden was one of the CIAs most efficient operatives for a long time,” Snowden is allegedly quoted as saying. “What kind of message would it send their other operatives if they were to let the SEALs kill him? They organized his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret services, and he simply abandoned his cover. Since everyone believes he is dead, nobodys looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear. Without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.” We could find no evidence that Snowden, who leaked classified information about the federal governments surveillance programs, has ever said such a thing about bin Laden. Snowden fled to Moscow to avoid espionage charges and has since given several interviews, but this post is fake. Versions of the story have appeared on many other websites over the last several months. But it originated on WorldNewsDailyReport.com, a parody website weve identified on our list of dubious news sources, way back on Aug. 25, 2015. The sites disclaimer noted that “WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website even those based on real people are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.” The sites stories are fabricated. As far as we can tell, the Moscow Tribune is not even a real media outlet, although there are Twitter and Facebook accounts under that name that do share news stories (the paper in Moscow, Idaho, is called the Daily News). The version of the post on AntiNews.in also cited a Dec. 31, 2015, post on a site called NaijaPicks.com, which said it worked “to keep you informed on what’s going on in Nigeria, Africa and the world over.” The post also included real quotes from Snowden reported in The Guardian newspaper in 2013. We attempted to reach AntiNews.in through its online contact form, the only available method of reaching the site, but did not receive a response. We rate this statement Pants On Fire! Share the Facts 2017-06-12 20:32:59 UTC 1 1 7 Pants on Fire “Edward Snowden: Osama bin Laden is still alive living in the Bahamas” in a headline Saturday, May 13, 2017 2017-05-13

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Comey hailed as ‘intelligence porn star’ by Assange, as Snowden defends ‘leak’ – RT

Published time: 8 Jun, 2017 22:03 Edited time: 9 Jun, 2017 10:20 James Comey’s revelation Thursday that he leaked information to the media received mixed reactions from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange seized the opportunity to play on the former FBI Directors own words, when he coined the term “intelligence porn” in his criticism of WikiLeaks’ activities. READ MORE:Intelligence porn: FBI directors new nickname for WikiLeaks Meanwhile, Snowden, reacted somewhat more empathetically, tweeting: sometimes the only moral decision is to break the rules. Comey confirmed under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked details of a meeting with President Donald Trump to the media via a friend. The leaked memo included the claim that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials. READ MORE: Ex-FBI chief Comey: Many news stories about Russia are just dead wrong Weighing in on Thursdays proceedings, Snowden subtly pointed out the similarities in their situations. The whistleblower added that he was sympathetic to Comeys reasoning for the leak but noted that the government was not convinced when the same argument was made by former CIA director General David Petraeus over his leaks. Snowden also responded to claims by Trumps lawyer that Comey made unauthorized disclosures of privileged communications, with the former NSA contractor saying the public interest in this case is superior. In March, Snowden called out Comeys statement on leaks to the media in which the then-FBI director suggested such releases could be deterred by locking some people up. In June 2013, federal prosecutors, led by Comey, filed criminal charges against Snowden under the Espionage Act over the leaking of classified information regarding the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Two years later, Comey called Snowden a fugitive, adding, Id love to apprehend him so he can enjoy the benefits of the freest and fairest criminal justice system in the world. However that hasnt stopped the whistleblower coming to the defense of the former FBI director in the aftermath of his firing by Trump. This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you, he tweeted last month.

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The Perils of Whistleblowing: My Interview With Edward Snowden – Entrepreneur

In 2013, Edward Snowdens life — and the world — changed forever. This former NSA contractor blew the whistle on the agencys practice of collecting private information and conducting mass surveillance on citizens when he brought evidence to the press and then left the country. In a video chat moderated by Secret Knock conference organizerGreg S. Reid, I was able to ask him a question directly. “Do you have any regrets?” I asked. My mission was never to change the world, he said.My mission was to return public information to public hands so you could determine whether things should change…. I regret only that I did not do more — sooner and bolder.” In part, Snowden hoped his actions would embolden others to step forward when they saw wrongdoing. While the majority of us will never be called on to report anything of comparable national or global scale, you may be one day called on to speak up. In a 2011 poll, 45 percent of American workers stated that they had observed wrongdoing in the workplace. Whether you’re a business owner or an employee, here are my suggestions, coupled with Snowden’s experience, on how to stop being a passive observer and become a safe whistleblower. Related:Why You Should EncourageWhistleblowingin Your Organization The line between a whistleblower and a leaker is fine and hotly debated. The general distinguishing mark tends to be the avenues taken to release information to the public. Whistleblowers are those who follow legally established procedures for exposing wrongdoing; they work within the system, reporting to the proper authorities so that matters can be handled internally. The leaker is one who bypasses the system altogether and goes directly to the press. The former is protected and guided by law; the latter is not. To this day, Snowden maintains he did everything he could to work within the system. I still made tremendous efforts to report these programs to co-workers, supervisors, and anyone with the proper clearance who would listen, he said in a 2014 live Q&A. The reactions of those I told about the scale of the constitutional violations ranged from deeply concerned to appalled, but no one was willing to risk their jobs, families, and possibly even freedom to go to through what [Thomas] Drake did. It was only after facing this internal resistance that he turned to journalists to help get his message out. Even then, he was careful. As a condition of access to archive, I required journalists to go to the government in advance and tell them what they were going to be writing so the government had a chance for rebuttal, he said. In every case, process has been followed. Related:Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Launches Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims For those who would follow Snowdens example, the single greatest obstacle is fear. Snowdens colleagues were intimidated by the example of Thomas Drake, former NSA executive who revealed unethical acts committed by the NSA and subsequently endured raids by the FBI and prolonged prosecution. Similar examples are often enough to deter any would-be whistleblower. The greatest threat to fear is knowledge. Take time to investigate whistleblower protection programs. Research and understand your rights. Identify those groups that can support you while working. Related:When the CEO Goes Bad, the Whole Company Needs a Fresh Look Protection aside, once youve blown the whistle, youre in for a rough ride. Snowden had no misunderstandings. Though he never intended to end up in Russia, he did expect to end up in a jumpsuit in Guantanamo Bay. He understood that calling attention would mean an end of his life as hed been living it. I realized I had to come forward, light a match, burn my life to the ground if this was really going to work. As Snowdens case has demonstrated, whistleblowing isnt as simple as identifying a problem and accepting a reward. Be ready for backlash from within and without your organization as you stand by your principles. Since 2009, retaliation has increased 83 percent, while whistleblowing incidents have only increased by 12 percent. If youre not willing to be called bad names, . . . you dont really believe in anything that much, he says. Being criticized is the price of admission for achieving change. The most common thing in the world of politics is that change is never comfortable. Intimidation isnt the only route that businesses and governments will take to silence whistleblowers. Many will offer hush money, effectively turning you from an opponent into an accomplice. Dont take that risk. Too many examples show when the coverup is revealed, both the company and the silenced party are worse off. On the one hand, hotlines are a powerful asset. Calls are made and recorded are proof the employee has performed their due diligence in reporting wrongdoing. On the other hand, the hotline is a conflict of interest on the companys part. In his book, The Whistleblowers Handbook, Stephen Kohn advises caution. Hotline programs are under no duty to help whistleblowers, Kohn writes. They are voluntary programs, and the nature and extent of their investigations are outside of the control of the employee. There is no requirement that these programs offer employees complete or accurate information about their legal rights. In other words, the programs exist for the benefit of the government/corporation; they are not legal service programs for whistleblowers. Related:Radical Inclusion: How Burning Man is Helping Create a New Breed of Entrepreneur When asked, Snowden said he only regrets how long it took him to come forward. I would do it again, he said. Despite everything that has happened to him, he believes firmly that the good in the world outweighs the bad. Investigation incited by Snowdens revelations revealed that the NSAs mass surveillance tactics had done nothing to stop terror attacks. Despite condemning Snowdens actions in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for reform within the NSA and Congress. None of that would have happened if Snowden hadnt taken the risk and come forward. Amy Osmond Cook, Ph.D., is the CEO of Osmond Marketing. She enjoys reading business books, playing the violin and trying new restaurants with her husband and five children. Follow her at @amyocook.

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Vladimir Putin reveals his views on women, gays and Edward Snowden – Zee News

London: Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have bad days because he is “not a woman”, and would rather not shower next to a gay man because he wouldn`t want to “provoke him”. The Russian President`s comments came in series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone on topics ranging from geopolitics to gay rights and Edward Snowden. “The Putin Interviews”, a documentary comprised of conversations with the Russian president that took place between July 2015 and February 2017, show Putin musing on life and philosophy. “Do you ever have a bad day?” Putin was asked during a tour of the Throne Room, and he said, “I`m not a woman so I don`t have bad days.” He then doubles down on the misogyny, explaining that, “There are certain natural cycles which men probably have as well, just less manifested. We are all human beings. It`s normal. But you should never lose control,” the Guardian quotes Putin, as saying.On the question whether gays can serve in the military in Russia, Putin said, “If you`re taking a shower in a submarine with a man and you know he`s gay, do they have a problem with that? “Putin even denied that there was any persecution of gay people in Russia, despite a law being passed against the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors” and recent reports of a “gay purge” in the Russian republic of Chechnya. When asked whether he would be comfortable showering next to a gay man, he said no.”I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I`m a judo master,” said Putin laughing.In the interview with Stone, Putin reveals that he once suggested to former U.S. president Bill Clinton that Russia may consider joining a Washington-led military alliance. Commenting on U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Russian President said, “Snowden is not a traitor. He did not betray the interests of his country. Nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or to his own people. The only thing Snowden does, he does publicly.”Putin also appeared to change the story of how Snowden ended up in Moscow.”Our first contact with Snowden was in China. We were told back then that this was a person who wanted to fight against violations of human rights,” Putin said.At the time, however, Putin and other Russian officials gave the impression that the first Russia knew of Snowden was when he arrived in Moscow with the intention to transit to Latin America. “Snowden arrived in Moscow, which was completely unexpected for us. He came as a transit passenger, so he didn`t need a visa or other documents,” Putin said then.When asked if he was worried about assassination attempts, Putin said “They say those who are destined to be hanged are not going to drown. “Putin, an ex- KGB Foreign Intelligence Officer for 16 years, said “I remember one of our last meetings with President Clinton, when Clinton was still in office. He visited Moscow and during a discussion I said, `So, what if [we] consider an option of Russia maybe joining NATO. “While Clinton replied that he “didn`t mind,” the rest of the American delegation became visibly nervous, Putin recalled with a smile.Putin called NATO “an instrument of America`s foreign policy,” saying that the US-led alliance “has no allies, but only vassals. “According to the Russian leader, some member states find it hard to resist Washington`s pressure, and thus, “anything can be easily placed” on their territories, including both anti-missile and offensive systems. “And what are we supposed to do? Due to that, we have to take counter measures,” Putin told his American interviewer. Promoted as “the most detailed portrait of Putin ever granted to a Western interviewer,” it will feature interviews between the director and the Russian leader that were made during several encounters over two years.

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How Does Reality Winner Compare To Edward Snowden After …

A 25-year-old government contractor was arrested Tuesday after providing a top secret NSA document to the news website The Intercept, reports NBC News. The document is from May 5. The document is an analysis of Russian intelligence efforts to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It doesnt detail a direct link to any votes being changed, but does outline a concerted and deeper effort than previously known. The analysis describes a technique called spear phishing, where spoof e-mails invite user to click on links or open attachments that contain malicious software. The attacks targeted an election software company and 122 local election officials. Read:Edward Snowden Reacts To WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Dump, Calls CIA Documents ‘Authentic’ This is in direct opposition to what Russian President Vladimir has claimed, saying that the Russian state has not been involved in any kind of hacking. The leaker, a government contractor named Reality Leigh Winner, was charged with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information in U.S. District Court in Georgia. The federal complaint accuses Winner of unlawfully transmit(ing) the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet. Winner worked for Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia. CNN reportedThursdaythat her mother said she had never praised past leakers such as Edward Snowden and wasnt particularly political. She also spent six months in the military. Winner had a top secret clearance for documents and faces up to 10 years in prison. The Snowden case differs from Winner in several key components. While we dont know if Winner took more than the one document, Snowden took thousands, at least seven thousand of which have been published, according to Business Insider. Snowden was also careful to leave his job as a contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii and flee to China before releasing the documents, putting him out of reach of authorities. Both are charged with violating the espionage act. Read:Why The US Wants To Arrest Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, A Matter Jeff Sessions Called ‘A Priority’ Both leakers, however, are working with journalist Glenn Greenwald. The Intercept was founded in 2013 by Greenwald. Snowden worked with Greenwald while he was reporting for British newspaper The Guardian. Both leakers took information related to the NSA, but Snowdens had far greater reach and impact. President Donald Trump has been very vocal about his disdain for leakers, especially on Twitter. He often parlays news stories by going after leakers as the real story. Reality Winner poses in a photo posted to her Instagram account Photo: REUTERS

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Edward Snowden: Prosecuting NSA Leaker Threatens The Free Press – HuffPost

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is speaking out in support of Reality Winner, who was arrested by the FBI onSaturday on charges of violating the Espionage Act. Winner, 25, a federal contractor with Pluribus International Corp. in Augusta, Georgia, is accused ofremoving classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The arrest came after The Intercept releaseda classified National Security Agency reportabout Russian military intelligence officers alleged attempt to carry out a cyberattack on a voting software company and on local election officials days before the 2016 U.S. election. Snowden can relate to Winners experience, as he was charged in 2013with stealing government property and violating the Espionage Act.The former Central Intelligence Agency employee and NSA contractor has been living under asylum in Russia ever since he fled the United States that year. Winner is currentlybeing held in a federal detention center in Lincolnton, Georgia. Her attorney Titus Nichols fears shes being questioned when hes not present. Reuters Snowden, who is president of the board for the Freedom of the Press Foundation, described the Espionage Act as a fundamental threat to the free press in a statement on Tuesday. He wrote that the World War I era law meant for spies explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the publics benefit. Snowden says thats especially chilling because Winner was allegedly a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance, and not a spy. This often-condemned law provides no space to distinguish the extraordinary disclosure of inappropriately classified information in the public interestwhistleblowing from the malicious disclosure of secrets to foreign governments by those motivated by a specific intent to harm to their countrymen. Snowden said that if America truly values free trials, Winner deserves to be released on bail. No matter ones opinions on the propriety of the charges against her, we should all agree Winner should be released on bail pending trial. Even if you take all the government allegations as true, its clear she is neither a threat to public safety nor a flight risk. To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all.

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Vladimir Putin on Edward Snowden’s NSA Leak: He Shouldn’t Have Done It – Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putinbelieves Edward Snowdens decisionto leaktop-secret information from the National Security Agency was wrong. Yet speaking in an interview with Oliver Stone for a series called The Putin Interviews,which airs onShowtime on June 12, the Russian president also defended Snowden, a former NSA contractor who is currently living in exile in Moscow. Related: Putin slams Trump-Russia probe Subscribe to Newsweek from $1 per week As an ex-KGB agent, you must have hated what Snowden did with every fiber of your being? Stone asks Putin through a translator in a clip from the show. “Snowden is not a traitor,” Putin replies. “He didnt betray the interest of his country. Nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or to his own people. Still, the Russian president said he thought Snowden had other options. I think he shouldnt have done it,” Putin said. If he didnt like anything at his work, he should have simply resigned. But he went further. Thats his right. But since you are asking me whether it’s right or wrong, I think its wrong. The four-part special from Stone will air a week after Putin’s much publicized interview withNBC’s Megyn Kelly and comes at a time when allegations continue to swirl that Russian intelligence meddled in the 2016 presidential election and possibly colluded with now-President Donald Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Oliver Stone for series called “The Putin Interviews.” Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool/Reuters During the interview with Stone, Putin also defended the actions of his own intelligence services. “Our intelligence services always conform to the law,” the Russian president said. “Thats the first thing. And secondly, trying to spy on your allies if you really consider them allies and not vassals is just indecent. Because it undermines trust. And it means that in the end it deals damage to your own national security.”

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‘He who is fated to be hanged won’t drown’: Vladimir Putin appears to confirm attempts to assassinate him – Telegraph.co.uk

Vladimir Putin has appearedto confirmduring an interview that he has survived multiple assassination attempts. The Russian president made the comments in excerpts from a series of interviews with JFK director OliverStone,that will be aired later this month. In previews of the interviews, released on Thursday evening, Mr Putin and Mr Stone discuss attitudes to death. Asked by Mr Stone about five alleged assassination attempts, Mr Putin said his security team look after him and that “up to now they haven’t done badly.” “I trust them,” he added when asked if he feared assassins could infiltrate his security detail. “You know what our people say: he who is fated to be hanged won’t drown,” he adds to Stone, who does not have an immediate answer. Asked what his own fate would be, he said: “Only God knows our fate.” In anothersegment, Mr Putin defended Edward Snowden, saying he waswas wrong to leak details US intelligence eavesdropping programs but is not a traitor to the United States.

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‘Rights are lost by cowardly laws’: Snowden says govts, not terrorists, undercut free speech – RT

Whistleblower Edward Snowden offered an impassioned argument against terrorism being used as a pretext for introducing mass surveillance in a video-linked speech to a migration conference on Tuesday night. Speaking to the Estoril conference on global migration in Portugal via video from Moscow, where he has lived for the past four years after being granted asylum by Russia in 2013, Snowden argued that terrorists do not possess the power to destroy peoples rights or weaken a societys strength. That only happens when those in a position of power use extremists as an excuse to create laws that encroach on peoples liberties, he said. READ MORE: WikiLeaks staff are in danger: Pilger, Kiriakou discuss Assanges ongoing legal battle Terrorists dont hate us for our freedom, they dont even know what our freedoms are… Terrorists are incapable of destroying our rights or diminishing our society they lack the strength only we can do that. Rights are lost by cowardly laws that are passed in moments of panic. Rights are lost to the cringing complicity of leaders who fear the loss of their office more than the loss of our liberties. Snowden argued that governments arent using mass surveillance tools to counter terrorism, rather they are being used to discover journalists sources, specifically journalists who have written stories that were embarrassing to the government. READ MORE: Terrorist suspects should be locked up in internment camps, says ex-police chief The whistleblower further argued that the best way to defeat terrorist ideologies is to allow them to get a full public airing. The way to discredit terrorist ideas is not by censoring them from public spaces these ideas are not attractive, these ideas grow best in the dark Drag it out onto the stage of the world, show people why it is wrong and why we can do better. The former NSA contractor made a similar argument when answering a question from the floor which asked him to discuss recent comments from UK Prime Minister Theresa May which made the case for regulating the internet to combat terrorism. Snowden noted that the Investigatory Powers Act which the UK parliament passed last year and which Snowden described as the most extreme surveillance law in the history of the western world was being justified as a means of rooting out terrorists. READ MORE: UN slams Britains Big Brother anti-terrorism strategy Snowden said he understood the impulse, but said that there is no public evidence that these policies are effective. On the contrary, there is clear evidence that they cause harm to the public, he said. We have seen people fall on blacklists. We have seen, again and again throughout history, political parties be hamstrung, to face resistance, be silenced by governments because of their politics, their beliefs, their ideologies, which over time are always derived from what state security agencies say is a necessary effort to protect the nation. Im not going to so far to say this is sort of an evil plan on behalf of the United Kingdom or any other nation, Snowden said. But we need to focus on one thing, the need for speech, access to free speech, free association, a free press, the ability to pick up a phone and be able to dial someone that you love without worrying about what that looks like in government database somewhere, how that will be reviewed 10 years from now when you get on a politicians bad side. This is the foundation of any free society.

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