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Is Edward Snowden set to be given asylum by Europe? MEPs push EU to take in whistleblower – Express.co.uk

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Representatives from the European Parliament said the former NSA analyst had fulfilled a vital democratic role by leaking a series of hugely damaging intelligence documents and that he needed protection.

His disclosures in 2013 revealed for the first time the extent to which government agencies across the globe were spying on ordinary citizens and sparked a furious backlash.

Mr Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia but European politicians fear that the Mr Trumps cosy relationship with Vladimir Putin could put him in grave danger.

But their call for him to be granted asylum within the EU will surely enrage the White House administration and comes at a tricky time for relations between Brussels and Washington.

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The Republican has previously called the whistleblower a terrible traitor and called for his immediate incarceration, pointing out that in times gone by he would have been executed for his actions.

In July last year, before his shock election victory, the billionaire tycoon said: I think he’s a total traitor and I would deal with him harshly. And if I were president, Putin would give him over.”

The Presidents pick for Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, also described Mr Snowden as a traitor in a statement last month and called more directly for him to be put to death.

Reports have already emerged in US media that the Kremlin is considering sending the former data analyst back to the US, where he is likely to face a life sentence at the very least.

The activities of Mr Snowden have greatly helped US and European citizens to finally gain access to transparent information

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Mr Putin is apparently considering handing him over as a gift to the new US President to curry favour with his administration, although Moscow has strongly denied the claims.

Brussels parliamentarians have also previously had their say on the issue, passing a resolution back in 2015 calling on Europe to protect Mr Snowden from Barack Obamas government, which was seeking his extradition.

It said member states should drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender.

And now four influential left-wing MEPs have penned an open letter to European leaders calling on them to come good on the pledge and offer Mr Snowden asylum within the bloc in spite of American objections.

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It is believed that Julian Assange chooses to live in Sweden because the country’s media laws are among the world’s most protective for journalists

They wrote: On 24 January 2017, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trumps candidate for Director of the CIA, was sworn in by the US Senate.

In February 2016 the former congressman had called for the traitor Edward Snowden to be executed.

Donald Trump had expressed similar remarks in 2013, referring to Snowden as a terrible threat and terrible traitor and pointing out that there was a time when countries would execute those considered traitors.

The activities of Mr Snowden have greatly helped US and European citizens to finally gain access to transparent information a core element of democracy.

Given the gravity of the statements emanating from the USA and the worsening political climate surrounding the Snowden case, what steps will the Council of Ministers take in order to urge its members to respond to the recommendations enshrined in Parliaments resolution of 29 October 2015?

The letter was signed by Italys Barbara Spinelli, German Jan Philipp Albrecht, Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes and the British Labour partys Claude Moraes.

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From Russia with Love, Take Edward Snowden – Movie TV Tech Geeks News

Does Russia want to get more cozy with Donald Trump by sending him a gift in the form of a traitor that should be executed the moment he sets foot in the US? That traitor referred to is Edward Snowden. As if Russia isnt cozy enough already with the current president of the United States. It is alleged that Trumps victory was in part aided by Russias keyboard warriors. The rumor of Snowdens extradition, according to NBC News is from an unnamed US official within the Trump administration. But according to one of Putins interviews in Russia:

Russia is not the kind of country that expels fighters for human rights Jokes aside, Mr. Snowden defines himself as a fighter for human rights,

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Its kind of weird and funny hearing those words from Putin given Russias old reputation, but in that interview, hes been joking quite a bit. The US is divided about Snowden whether hes a traitor or a hero. Those who think the latter want him welcomed with charges dropped and with honors for uncovering what kind of surveillance state the US has become. Conspiracy theorists said that terabytes of data are collected daily by the NSA from monitoring of phones and messages of ordinary US citizens. This was confirmed by Snowden along with other scandalous info. Others have come forward to say that the NSA wouldnt have gone to such lengths if they chose much better systems that actually track real persons of interest.

If Putin is serious about his previous statement, then he thinks Snowden is some sort of hero. Or perhaps he just granted the man asylum to troll on the US. Snowden has been in Russia since June 2013 and his asylum is only up to four years and the clock is ticking for the notorious whistleblower.

Now Trump thinks otherwise. In his campaign trails, he thinks that Snowden should be executed for his crimes. If Snowden does get caught, he could face a minimum 30-year prison sentence for two counts of espionage. Putin said that Snowden could be rotting away in a zindan (a dark room somewhere in Central Asia) if the US caught him before getting to Russia.

If the rumor is true, Russia might be thinking of booting out Edward Snowden when his asylum expires. Snowden is currently busy asking for asylum in other non-extradition countries just in case. But the rumor isnt true as Russia extended Snowdens stay for two more years.

The funniest thing is that the former deputy director of the C.I.A. !!! does not know that Snowdens residence permit in Russia was just extended for a couple more years,

Maria Zakharova, spokesperson, Russian Foreign Ministry

The unnamed official according to the spokesperson is said to be the former acting director of the CIA, Michael J. Morell. According to him, if Russia wants better ties, they should send Snowden over with a bow to Mr. Trumps doorstep.

What concerns many citizens whether or not they consider Snowden as a hero, is that he may already be passing important information to Russia as a reason for extending his asylum. Snowden refutes this as well as Putin who jokingly thinks that he should be giving at least something for his stay but he manages to transmit things in channels known only to the whistleblower. Below is Snowdens tweet on the matter.

Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear theyre next. https://t.co/YONqZ1gYqm

Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 10, 2017

As per Snowden, the US has nothing to worry about, but while Trump is technically in the White House, hes not going home anytime soon. Here is the fun YouTube video about Putins thoughts on Snowden.

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‘Whistleblower,’ ‘Edward Snowden’: Many defend student suspended for recording anti-Trump professor – The College Fix

Whistleblower, Edward Snowden: Many defend student suspended for recording anti-Trump professor

Theyre crucifying this poor guy.

Mr. ONeil is the Edward Snowden of the college system and kudos to him for exposing this kind of leftist hyperbole.

Mr. ONeil is a de facto whistle blower who has sunshined an instructor that is wasting the taxpayers monies and the students tuition.

Thats just some of the comments culled by the Orange County Registerfrom residents and public figures recently regarding the plight of Caleb ONeil, a 19-year-old Orange Coast College student recently suspended for allegedly violating a policy that prohibits recording professors.

Shortly after the election, instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox told herhuman sexuality class of Trumps election we have been assaulted, its an act of terrorism, among other comments. She also called Donald Trump a white supremacist and said Mike Pence is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.

ONeil, a member of the College Republicans and an open Trump supporter, recorded the rantand gave it to his College Republican peers, who then uploaded it on YouTube. The video went viral and ultimately led to the sanctions handed down against ONeil late last week.

In addition to his semester-long suspension, as well as being suspended for the summer term, he must also write an apology letter to the professor and a three-page, double spaced essay discussing why he videotaped the professor despite knowing that it was a violation of the course syllabus.

Now his attorney is fighting the punishment. Meanwhile, many have rallied to ONeils defense. For one, a GoFundMe page has been created to help pay his legal bills, stating these excessive punishments against Caleb come as the campus fails to have addressed Professor Coxs comments.

The Orange County Register also reports thata Republicanstate senator told constituents if the college is going to punish the student, it should also punish the instructor, and the Orange Coast College spokesman confirmed the school is hearing from people across the country, and most of that feedback is in support of ONeil.

ONeil can continue to attend classes during his appeal.

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Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden’s & Manning’s Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic – Democracy Now!

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NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, Glenn, I want to turn to something NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said to you nearly three years ago, when he first spoke out against NSA abuses.

EDWARD SNOWDEN: Any analyst at any time can target anyone, any selector anywhere. Where those communications will be picked up depends on the range of the sensor networks and the authorities that that analyst is empowered with. Not all analysts have the ability to target everything. But I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge, to even the president, if I had a personal email.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, Glenn, can you talk about that and the response that was received to the leaks of Edward Snowden compared to now, the leaks of intelligence officials now?

GLENN GREENWALD: So, on the question of the eavesdropping powers of the NSA as revealed by the intercepts of General Flynns communications, we dont actually know for certain what the methodology was that was used to eavesdrop on him. Was the NSA legally, pursuant to a FISA warrant, targeting General Flynn as part of an investigation, either an intelligence investigation or a law enforcement investigation, conducted by the FBI? Were they, as they claim, only doing routine surveillance on officials of an adversary countryin this case, Russiaand just coincidentally and by accident happened to catch the conversation that General Flynn was having with those targets of the surveillance in Moscow? We dont know.

But what this does illustrate islets assume for the moment that the NSA and the CIA for once are actually telling the truth and that the way that they eavesdropped on General Flynn was not by targeting him, but by targeting the Russians with whom he was communicating. What this reveals is something very important, which is, when the Edward Snowden story first broke and the debate around the world was triggered, the U.S. government kept saying over and over, “If youre an American citizen, we cant listen in on your calls unless we first get a warrant from the court, and therefore theres nothing you have to worry about.” Now, that was a very warped sort of thing to say, because that meant that for 95 percent of the world who are called non-Americans, what the government was saying: “Oh, for you, you have no protections. We can listen in on your calls at any time without getting a judge to approve,” which is actually true. And thats one of the reasons why people all over the world outside of the United States were so horrified to learn of what the NSA was doing. But the broader and more important point is that what the U.S. government was saying was actually completely false. The U.S. government constantly eavesdrops on the telephone calls of American citizens without getting a warrant of any kind, despite what the Constitution requires. And thats because the law that was enacted in 2008, called the FISA Amendments Act, with President Obamas approval, withhe was a senator at the time, he voted for itactually authorizes the U.S. government to listen in on Americans calls with no warrant, as long as theyre talking to someone outside of the United States who the government says theyre targeting. And thats what this episode shows, is they were able to listen in on General Flynns calls, if you believe them, with no warrant, because they say that they were targeting someone with whom he was communicating.

As far as the reaction is concerned in terms of how Edward Snowdens leaks were received versus this leak, its like night and day. I have not yet heard, literally, not one Democrat condemn the leakers inside the CIA or the intelligence community who leaked signals intelligence and, in the process, alerted these Russian officials to the fact that their communications have been compromised. Thats what these leaks did. They told these Russian officials with whom General Flynn was communicating, “We have successfully penetrated your communications systems.” And you can be sure that they are now, in response, fortifying the communications that they use and blocking out the NSA and CIA. There was probably harm done by whoever did this leak. I havent heard one Democrat condemn it on the grounds that its criminal. I havent heard one Democrat say that there should be an investigation to find these leakers and put them in prison for violating the law. And yet, all I heard from Democratsnot all I heard, because there were a lot of Democrats who supported Manning and Snowden and Drakebut certainly Democratic officials in D.C. were almost unanimous, under Obama, in saying that leaksleakers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, that theyre traitors. Chelsea Manning just spent seven years in prison under harsh conditions for leaking information way less sensitive than what these leakers about General Flynn just leaked. And, yes, President Obama commuted her sentence, but only after his administration imprisoned her, under conditions that the U.N. said was basically torture, and kept her in prison for seven years, even though there was no harm demonstrated from anything she leaked. So what Democrats seem to think is, leaks under President Obama, even if they show that high-level officials are lying, as Edward Snowden showed James Clapper was, are evil, are criminal, and the whistleblowers should be thrown in jail; leaks under President Trump, by contrast, are heroic and noble, and we should celebrate the people who are doing it and oppose any effort to hunt them down and investigate them and find them and punish them, as President Trump is vowing to do. The reality is that whistleblowers are a very valuable part of our democracy. They should be cherished and heralded and protected, regardless of which party controls the White House.

NERMEEN SHAIKH: And, Glenn, what about the Republican response? Youve talked about the DemocratDemocratic Party response, but how did the Republican Party, for the most part, respond to the Snowden leaks versus whats happened now?

GLENN GREENWALD: Well, ironically, the Republican response is actually consistentconsistently heinous, but at least its consistent. There were a few Republicans, usually former officeholders or some outliers in the Republican Party, like Rand Paul or Justin Amash, people from the libertarian wing, who were somewhat supportive of the Snowden leaks. But, overall, the Republican establishment was contemptuous of Edward Snowden. In fact, Mike Pompeo, the former Republican congressman who is now Donald Trumps chief at the CIA, called for Edward Snowdens execution. Donald Trump himself called for Edward Snowdens execution. Lindsey Graham and John McCain and Marco Rubio all called Edward Snowden a traitor. So, in some sense, the Republicans are being consistent, because theyre now saying the same thing, which is that whoever leaked this information ought to be investigated, hunted down and punished to the fullest extent of the law, which is more or less the same thing they said about leakers and whistleblowers under President Obama. Its the Democrats who have completely switched their position, as they so often do, the minute that the party controlling the White House changed.

AMY GOODMAN: Were going to break and then come back to this discussion, also talk about what happened at the White House yesterday with the Netanyahu-Trump meeting and so much more. Were speaking with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His piece in The Intercept, “The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynns Lie Committed Seriousand Wholly JustifiedFelonies.” Stay with us.

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Will Russia hand Edward Snowden over to Trump?

NBC News spoke to U.S. intelligence officials who said Russian talks have mentioned sending whistleblower Eric Snowden back to the states. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

An NBC News report citing U.S. intelligence sources says Russia may consider handing over Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower, to the United States as a favor to President Trump.

NBC News, the only major news outlet to report the development so far, wrote that “highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations” suggest Russia is mulling over sending Snowden back to the U.S. as a favor to Trump. NBC News reported it is one of several tactics Russia could use to cozy up to the president.

Snowden called the report “irrefutable evidence” that he wasn’t colluding with Russians, despite allegations fromU.S. House members.

Snowden, who faces espionage and theft charges over intelligence leaks revealing two secret surveillance programs under the NSA, has lived in Russia since 2013. He planned to fly to Ecuador to take refuge from U.S. extradition efforts, but he was held up at a Moscow airport because the U.S. canceled his passport. Snowden was granted athree-year extension of his asylumby the country’s Foreign Ministry in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Ben Wizner, Snowden’s lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC News that the organization didn’t know about any plans to return Snowden to the U.S.

Some hail Snowden as a whistleblower a White House petition calling for Snowden’s pardon got more than 1 million signatures in 2015 yet others see him as a traitor who released sensitive information compromising national security.

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Snowden told an internet conference in Stockholm after the U.S. presidential electionthat he’s not afraid of the Trump administration boosted efforts to arrest him,The Guardianreported.

The reality here is that yes,Donald Trumphas appointed a new director of the Central Intelligence Agency who uses me as a specific example to say that, look, dissidents should be put to death,” Snowden said.But if I get hit by a bus, or a drone, or dropped off an airplane tomorrow, you know what? It doesnt actually matter that much to me, because I believe in the decisions that Ive already made.

The White House did not comment, NBC News reported. The Justice Department said it would welcome Snowden’s return.

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Edward Snowden’s New Job: Protecting Reporters From Spies – WIRED

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When Edward Snowden leaked the biggest collection of classified National Security Agency documents in history, he wasnt just revealing the inner workings of a global surveillance machine. He was also scrambling to evade it. To communicate with the journalists who would publish his secrets, he had to route all his messages over the anonymity software Tor, teach reporters to use the encryption tool PGP by creating a YouTube tutorial that disguised his voice, and eventually ditch his comfortable life (and smartphone) in Hawaii to set up a cloak-and-dagger data handoff halfway around the world.

Now, nearly four years later, Snowden has focused the next phase of his career on solving that very specific instance of the panopticon problem: how to protect reporters and the people who feed them information in an era of eroding privacywithout requiring them to have an NSA analysts expertise in encryption or to exile themselves to Moscow. Watch the journalists and youll find their sources, Snowden says. So how do we preserve that confidentiality in this new world, when its more important than ever?

Since early last year, Snowden has quietly served as president of a small San Franciscobased nonprofit called the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Its mission: to equip the media to do its job at a time when state-sponsored hackers and government surveillance threaten investigative reporting in ways Woodward and Bernstein never imagined. Newsrooms dont have the budget, the sophistication, or the skills to defend themselves in the current environment, says Snowden, who spoke to WIRED via encrypted video-chat from his home in Moscow. Were trying to provide a few niche tools to make the game a little more fair.

The groups 10 staffers and a handful of contract coders, with Snowdens remote guidance, are working to develop an armory of security upgrades for reporters. Snowden and renowned hacker Bunnie Huang have partnered to develop a hardware modification for the iPhone, designed to detect if malware on the device is secretly transmitting a reporters data, including location. Theyre developing a piece of software called Sunder that uses code written by Frederic Jacobs, one of the programmers for the popular encryption app Signal1; Sunder would allow journalists to encrypt a trove of secrets and then retrieve them only if several newsroom colleagues combine their passwords to access the data. And the foundations coders are building a plug-and-play version of Jitsi, the encrypted video-chat software Snowden himself uses for daily communication. They want newsrooms to be able to install it on their own servers with a few clicks. The idea is to make this all paint-by-numbers instead of teaching yourself to be Picasso, Snowden says.

A brief guide to becoming an anonymous source.

Web

The anonymity network Tor obscures your identity by routing your online traffic through computers worldwide. Access it via the web-based Tor Browser to visit any site related to your planned contact with the press. Find a directory of the 35 or so news organizations that maintain SecureDrop portalsTor-enabled inboxes for anonymous tips. Then choose an outlet and leak away.

Phone

Buy a burnera cheap, prepaid Android phonewith cash from a nonchain store in an area youve never been to before. Dont carry your regular phone and the burner at the same time, and never turn on the burner at home or work. Create a Gmail and Google Play account from the burner, then install the encrypted calling and texting app Signal. When youre done, destroy the burner and ditch its corpse far from home.

Snail mail

Pick a distant mailbox, dont carry your phone on the trip, andduhdont include a real return address.

But the foundations biggest coup has been SecureDrop, a Tor-based system for WikiLeaks-style uploads of leaked materials and news tips. The system has now been adopted by dozens of outlets, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. It works. I know, hinted a tweet from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold the day after he published a leaked video of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault.

In early 2014, the Freedom of the Press Foundations founderswho include the first recipients of Snowdens leaks, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitrasasked their 30-year-old source to join the groups board as a largely symbolic gesture. But Snowden surprised the board members by showing up to his first meeting with a list of detailed changes to its 40-plus pages of bylaws. The next year he was unanimously elected its president. No one has more practical expertise when it comes to whistleblower and journalist communications, says Trevor Timm, the groups executive director. It was the perfect fit. Snowden has refused a salary, instead giving the group more than $60,000 of his fees from speaking engagements over the past year.

Snowdens own leaks have shown the dire need for the foundations work: In early 2015 he revealed that British spies had collected emails from practically every major newspaper and wire service. Other signs of encroaching state surveillance have also put journalists on guard. Late last year it emerged that Montreal police had tracked the phone calls and texts of a reporter in order to identify sources critical of the department. And in early January, before he had even taken office, Donald Trump called on Congress to investigate a leak to NBC newsone that gave the network a sneak peek at an intelligence report on Russias role in influencing the US election. In the months since Trumps victory, the Freedom of the Press Foundations phones have been ringing off the hook with requests from newsrooms for training sessions, says Timm.

Snowden is quick to note it was the administration of President Obama, not Trump, that indicted him and at least seven others under the Espionage Act for leaking information to journalists. Thats more such indictments than all other presidents in history combined have issued. But Snowden and Timm worry that Trump, with his deep-seated disdain for the media and the full powers of the US Justice Department at his fingertips, will be only too happy to carry forward and expand that precedent. (As for recent rumors that Putin may send Snowden back to the US as a gift to Trump, the former NSA contractor remains sanguine: If personal safety was the only thing I was worried about, I would never have left Hawaii.)

All of that makes the medias technical protections from spying more important than ever. We cant fix the surveillance problem overnight, Snowden says. But maybe we can build a shield that will protect anyone whos standing behind it. If the group succeeds, perhaps the next Snowden will be able to take refuge not in Moscow but in the encrypted corners of the internet.

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Edward Snowden may head to US, jail – Boston Herald

Moscow is reportedly toying with the idea of handing NSA leaker Edward Snowden over to President Trump as a housewarming gift after the whistleblower and alleged spy spent four years hiding in Russia.

The Kremlins ploy emerged from intelligence reports that outlined Russian talks about ways to curry favor with the Trump administration, according to an NBC News report citing two unnamed U.S. officials.

Snowden, the 33-year-old who extracted files from the National Security Agency outlining secret surveillance programs that gathered information from U.S. citizens as well as foreigners and fled to Hong Kong then Russia after his revelations were made public, would face espionage charges upon his return.

Trump has called Snowden a terrible traitor and a spy who should be executed.

Boston University professor and longtime CIA officer Joseph Wippl said gift-wrapping Snowden and forcing him on a plane to U.S. wouldnt make a whole lot of sense.

Its up in the air whether Snowden was an agent of Russias before he got to Russia. Certainly, hes become one there, Wippl said.

His use may indeed be over, and also he may not want to stay in Russia forever. I would be surprised if they forcibly sent him back. Its just something that wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. As a bit of a present, I dont know how much good that does to the administration.

The Russian government in January extended Snowdens asylum for another two years. Snowdens lawyer from the ACLU, Ben Wizner, told NBC he and his client have received no such signals and has no new reason for concern.

On Twitter, Snowden hailed the rumor as irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel.

No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear theyre next, his tweet read.

Russia views the report as a stale story being used by Trumps opponents to knock the new president off balance.

It is evident that the pressure on the new administration on the part of political opponents within the United States continues, in the midst of bargaining, said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

In December, Snowden acknowledged he could be sent back to the U.S.

A lot of people have asked me: Is there going to be some kind of deal where Trump says, Hey look, give this guy to me as some kind of present? Will I be sent back to the U.S., where Ill be facing a show trial? Snowden said. Is this going to happen? I dont know. Could it happen? Sure. Am I worried about it? Not really, because heres the thing: I am very comfortable with the decisions that Ive made. I know I did the right thing.

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Wippl in the Boston Herald on Edward Snowden – BU Today

February 13, 2017

Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was recently interviewed on the possibility of whistleblower Edward Snowden being returned to the United States by Russian authorities.

Wippl was quoted in a February 12, 2017 article in theBoston Heraldentitled Edward Snowden May Head to U.S., Jail.

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Boston University professor and longtime CIA officer Joseph Wippl said gift-wrapping Snowden and forcing him on a plane to U.S. wouldnt make a whole lot of sense.

Its up in the air whether Snowden was an agent of Russias before he got to Russia. Certainly, hes become one there, Wippl said.

His use may indeed be over, and also he may not want to stay in Russia forever. I would be surprised if they forcibly sent him back. Its just something that wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. As a bit of a present, I dont know how much good that does to the administration.

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Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. Learn more about him here.

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Edward Snowden Unafraid of Donald Trump Vladimir … – time.com

Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City on Sept. 14, 2016. Brendan McDermidReuters

Edward Snowden has said he is not worried about the prospect of Vladimir Putin striking a deal with Donald Trump that could lead to his extradition and trial in the United States.

Speaking on a webchat hosted by the Dutch private search engine StartPage on Nov. 10, the whistleblower and former NSA contractor said it would be “crazy” to dismiss the idea of the Russian President and Trump making a deal over his future, but he “[doesn’t] worry about it.”

Snowden has been stranded in Moscow since he revealed classified information about the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance three years ago. He was charged in the U.S. with violations of the Espionage Act, but various campaigns and civil liberty organizations have been putting pressure on President Obama to pardon him .

While I cant predict what the future looks like, I dont know whats going to happen tomorrow, I can be comfortable with the way Ive lived today,” he said. “And no matter what happens, if there’s a drone strike or I slip and fall down the stairs, that’s something that won’t change. As long as we do our best to live in accordance with our values, we don’t have to worry about what happens tomorrow.”

Trump, who has vowed to repair U.S. relations with Russia, has previously threatened Snowden with execution. “I think hes a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country? You know what we used to do to traitors, right?,” he said, during an appearance on Fox and Friends in 2013.

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Is Edward Snowden set to be given asylum by Europe? MEPs push EU to take in whistleblower – Express.co.uk

GETTY Representatives from the European Parliament said the former NSA analyst had fulfilled a vital democratic role by leaking a series of hugely damaging intelligence documents and that he needed protection. His disclosures in 2013 revealed for the first time the extent to which government agencies across the globe were spying on ordinary citizens and sparked a furious backlash. Mr Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia but European politicians fear that the Mr Trumps cosy relationship with Vladimir Putin could put him in grave danger. But their call for him to be granted asylum within the EU will surely enrage the White House administration and comes at a tricky time for relations between Brussels and Washington. GETTY GETTY The Republican has previously called the whistleblower a terrible traitor and called for his immediate incarceration, pointing out that in times gone by he would have been executed for his actions. In July last year, before his shock election victory, the billionaire tycoon said: I think he’s a total traitor and I would deal with him harshly. And if I were president, Putin would give him over.” The Presidents pick for Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, also described Mr Snowden as a traitor in a statement last month and called more directly for him to be put to death. Reports have already emerged in US media that the Kremlin is considering sending the former data analyst back to the US, where he is likely to face a life sentence at the very least. The activities of Mr Snowden have greatly helped US and European citizens to finally gain access to transparent information MEPs’ letter Mr Putin is apparently considering handing him over as a gift to the new US President to curry favour with his administration, although Moscow has strongly denied the claims. Brussels parliamentarians have also previously had their say on the issue, passing a resolution back in 2015 calling on Europe to protect Mr Snowden from Barack Obamas government, which was seeking his extradition. It said member states should drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender. And now four influential left-wing MEPs have penned an open letter to European leaders calling on them to come good on the pledge and offer Mr Snowden asylum within the bloc in spite of American objections. Getty Images 1 of 10 It is believed that Julian Assange chooses to live in Sweden because the country’s media laws are among the world’s most protective for journalists They wrote: On 24 January 2017, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trumps candidate for Director of the CIA, was sworn in by the US Senate. In February 2016 the former congressman had called for the traitor Edward Snowden to be executed. Donald Trump had expressed similar remarks in 2013, referring to Snowden as a terrible threat and terrible traitor and pointing out that there was a time when countries would execute those considered traitors. The activities of Mr Snowden have greatly helped US and European citizens to finally gain access to transparent information a core element of democracy. Given the gravity of the statements emanating from the USA and the worsening political climate surrounding the Snowden case, what steps will the Council of Ministers take in order to urge its members to respond to the recommendations enshrined in Parliaments resolution of 29 October 2015? The letter was signed by Italys Barbara Spinelli, German Jan Philipp Albrecht, Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes and the British Labour partys Claude Moraes.

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From Russia with Love, Take Edward Snowden – Movie TV Tech Geeks News

Does Russia want to get more cozy with Donald Trump by sending him a gift in the form of a traitor that should be executed the moment he sets foot in the US? That traitor referred to is Edward Snowden. As if Russia isnt cozy enough already with the current president of the United States. It is alleged that Trumps victory was in part aided by Russias keyboard warriors. The rumor of Snowdens extradition, according to NBC News is from an unnamed US official within the Trump administration. But according to one of Putins interviews in Russia: Russia is not the kind of country that expels fighters for human rights Jokes aside, Mr. Snowden defines himself as a fighter for human rights, Vladimir Putin Its kind of weird and funny hearing those words from Putin given Russias old reputation, but in that interview, hes been joking quite a bit. The US is divided about Snowden whether hes a traitor or a hero. Those who think the latter want him welcomed with charges dropped and with honors for uncovering what kind of surveillance state the US has become. Conspiracy theorists said that terabytes of data are collected daily by the NSA from monitoring of phones and messages of ordinary US citizens. This was confirmed by Snowden along with other scandalous info. Others have come forward to say that the NSA wouldnt have gone to such lengths if they chose much better systems that actually track real persons of interest. If Putin is serious about his previous statement, then he thinks Snowden is some sort of hero. Or perhaps he just granted the man asylum to troll on the US. Snowden has been in Russia since June 2013 and his asylum is only up to four years and the clock is ticking for the notorious whistleblower. Now Trump thinks otherwise. In his campaign trails, he thinks that Snowden should be executed for his crimes. If Snowden does get caught, he could face a minimum 30-year prison sentence for two counts of espionage. Putin said that Snowden could be rotting away in a zindan (a dark room somewhere in Central Asia) if the US caught him before getting to Russia. If the rumor is true, Russia might be thinking of booting out Edward Snowden when his asylum expires. Snowden is currently busy asking for asylum in other non-extradition countries just in case. But the rumor isnt true as Russia extended Snowdens stay for two more years. The funniest thing is that the former deputy director of the C.I.A. !!! does not know that Snowdens residence permit in Russia was just extended for a couple more years, Maria Zakharova, spokesperson, Russian Foreign Ministry The unnamed official according to the spokesperson is said to be the former acting director of the CIA, Michael J. Morell. According to him, if Russia wants better ties, they should send Snowden over with a bow to Mr. Trumps doorstep. What concerns many citizens whether or not they consider Snowden as a hero, is that he may already be passing important information to Russia as a reason for extending his asylum. Snowden refutes this as well as Putin who jokingly thinks that he should be giving at least something for his stay but he manages to transmit things in channels known only to the whistleblower. Below is Snowdens tweet on the matter. Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear theyre next. https://t.co/YONqZ1gYqm Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 10, 2017 As per Snowden, the US has nothing to worry about, but while Trump is technically in the White House, hes not going home anytime soon. Here is the fun YouTube video about Putins thoughts on Snowden.

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‘Whistleblower,’ ‘Edward Snowden’: Many defend student suspended for recording anti-Trump professor – The College Fix

Whistleblower, Edward Snowden: Many defend student suspended for recording anti-Trump professor Theyre crucifying this poor guy. Mr. ONeil is the Edward Snowden of the college system and kudos to him for exposing this kind of leftist hyperbole. Mr. ONeil is a de facto whistle blower who has sunshined an instructor that is wasting the taxpayers monies and the students tuition. Thats just some of the comments culled by the Orange County Registerfrom residents and public figures recently regarding the plight of Caleb ONeil, a 19-year-old Orange Coast College student recently suspended for allegedly violating a policy that prohibits recording professors. Shortly after the election, instructor Olga Perez Stable Cox told herhuman sexuality class of Trumps election we have been assaulted, its an act of terrorism, among other comments. She also called Donald Trump a white supremacist and said Mike Pence is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country. ONeil, a member of the College Republicans and an open Trump supporter, recorded the rantand gave it to his College Republican peers, who then uploaded it on YouTube. The video went viral and ultimately led to the sanctions handed down against ONeil late last week. In addition to his semester-long suspension, as well as being suspended for the summer term, he must also write an apology letter to the professor and a three-page, double spaced essay discussing why he videotaped the professor despite knowing that it was a violation of the course syllabus. Now his attorney is fighting the punishment. Meanwhile, many have rallied to ONeils defense. For one, a GoFundMe page has been created to help pay his legal bills, stating these excessive punishments against Caleb come as the campus fails to have addressed Professor Coxs comments. The Orange County Register also reports thata Republicanstate senator told constituents if the college is going to punish the student, it should also punish the instructor, and the Orange Coast College spokesman confirmed the school is hearing from people across the country, and most of that feedback is in support of ONeil. ONeil can continue to attend classes during his appeal. MORE:Professor tells students: Trumps election an act of terrorism (VIDEO) MORE:Student who recorded profs anti-Trump rant suspended, lawyer fights sanctions Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter About the Author Fix Editor

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Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden’s & Manning’s Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic – Democracy Now!

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: Well, Glenn, I want to turn to something NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said to you nearly three years ago, when he first spoke out against NSA abuses. EDWARD SNOWDEN: Any analyst at any time can target anyone, any selector anywhere. Where those communications will be picked up depends on the range of the sensor networks and the authorities that that analyst is empowered with. Not all analysts have the ability to target everything. But I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge, to even the president, if I had a personal email. NERMEEN SHAIKH: So, Glenn, can you talk about that and the response that was received to the leaks of Edward Snowden compared to now, the leaks of intelligence officials now? GLENN GREENWALD: So, on the question of the eavesdropping powers of the NSA as revealed by the intercepts of General Flynns communications, we dont actually know for certain what the methodology was that was used to eavesdrop on him. Was the NSA legally, pursuant to a FISA warrant, targeting General Flynn as part of an investigation, either an intelligence investigation or a law enforcement investigation, conducted by the FBI? Were they, as they claim, only doing routine surveillance on officials of an adversary countryin this case, Russiaand just coincidentally and by accident happened to catch the conversation that General Flynn was having with those targets of the surveillance in Moscow? We dont know. But what this does illustrate islets assume for the moment that the NSA and the CIA for once are actually telling the truth and that the way that they eavesdropped on General Flynn was not by targeting him, but by targeting the Russians with whom he was communicating. What this reveals is something very important, which is, when the Edward Snowden story first broke and the debate around the world was triggered, the U.S. government kept saying over and over, “If youre an American citizen, we cant listen in on your calls unless we first get a warrant from the court, and therefore theres nothing you have to worry about.” Now, that was a very warped sort of thing to say, because that meant that for 95 percent of the world who are called non-Americans, what the government was saying: “Oh, for you, you have no protections. We can listen in on your calls at any time without getting a judge to approve,” which is actually true. And thats one of the reasons why people all over the world outside of the United States were so horrified to learn of what the NSA was doing. But the broader and more important point is that what the U.S. government was saying was actually completely false. The U.S. government constantly eavesdrops on the telephone calls of American citizens without getting a warrant of any kind, despite what the Constitution requires. And thats because the law that was enacted in 2008, called the FISA Amendments Act, with President Obamas approval, withhe was a senator at the time, he voted for itactually authorizes the U.S. government to listen in on Americans calls with no warrant, as long as theyre talking to someone outside of the United States who the government says theyre targeting. And thats what this episode shows, is they were able to listen in on General Flynns calls, if you believe them, with no warrant, because they say that they were targeting someone with whom he was communicating. As far as the reaction is concerned in terms of how Edward Snowdens leaks were received versus this leak, its like night and day. I have not yet heard, literally, not one Democrat condemn the leakers inside the CIA or the intelligence community who leaked signals intelligence and, in the process, alerted these Russian officials to the fact that their communications have been compromised. Thats what these leaks did. They told these Russian officials with whom General Flynn was communicating, “We have successfully penetrated your communications systems.” And you can be sure that they are now, in response, fortifying the communications that they use and blocking out the NSA and CIA. There was probably harm done by whoever did this leak. I havent heard one Democrat condemn it on the grounds that its criminal. I havent heard one Democrat say that there should be an investigation to find these leakers and put them in prison for violating the law. And yet, all I heard from Democratsnot all I heard, because there were a lot of Democrats who supported Manning and Snowden and Drakebut certainly Democratic officials in D.C. were almost unanimous, under Obama, in saying that leaksleakers should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, that theyre traitors. Chelsea Manning just spent seven years in prison under harsh conditions for leaking information way less sensitive than what these leakers about General Flynn just leaked. And, yes, President Obama commuted her sentence, but only after his administration imprisoned her, under conditions that the U.N. said was basically torture, and kept her in prison for seven years, even though there was no harm demonstrated from anything she leaked. So what Democrats seem to think is, leaks under President Obama, even if they show that high-level officials are lying, as Edward Snowden showed James Clapper was, are evil, are criminal, and the whistleblowers should be thrown in jail; leaks under President Trump, by contrast, are heroic and noble, and we should celebrate the people who are doing it and oppose any effort to hunt them down and investigate them and find them and punish them, as President Trump is vowing to do. The reality is that whistleblowers are a very valuable part of our democracy. They should be cherished and heralded and protected, regardless of which party controls the White House. NERMEEN SHAIKH: And, Glenn, what about the Republican response? Youve talked about the DemocratDemocratic Party response, but how did the Republican Party, for the most part, respond to the Snowden leaks versus whats happened now? GLENN GREENWALD: Well, ironically, the Republican response is actually consistentconsistently heinous, but at least its consistent. There were a few Republicans, usually former officeholders or some outliers in the Republican Party, like Rand Paul or Justin Amash, people from the libertarian wing, who were somewhat supportive of the Snowden leaks. But, overall, the Republican establishment was contemptuous of Edward Snowden. In fact, Mike Pompeo, the former Republican congressman who is now Donald Trumps chief at the CIA, called for Edward Snowdens execution. Donald Trump himself called for Edward Snowdens execution. Lindsey Graham and John McCain and Marco Rubio all called Edward Snowden a traitor. So, in some sense, the Republicans are being consistent, because theyre now saying the same thing, which is that whoever leaked this information ought to be investigated, hunted down and punished to the fullest extent of the law, which is more or less the same thing they said about leakers and whistleblowers under President Obama. Its the Democrats who have completely switched their position, as they so often do, the minute that the party controlling the White House changed. AMY GOODMAN: Were going to break and then come back to this discussion, also talk about what happened at the White House yesterday with the Netanyahu-Trump meeting and so much more. Were speaking with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His piece in The Intercept, “The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynns Lie Committed Seriousand Wholly JustifiedFelonies.” Stay with us.

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Will Russia hand Edward Snowden over to Trump?

NBC News spoke to U.S. intelligence officials who said Russian talks have mentioned sending whistleblower Eric Snowden back to the states. Video provided by Newsy Newslook An NBC News report citing U.S. intelligence sources says Russia may consider handing over Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor turned whistle-blower, to the United States as a favor to President Trump. NBC News, the only major news outlet to report the development so far, wrote that “highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations” suggest Russia is mulling over sending Snowden back to the U.S. as a favor to Trump. NBC News reported it is one of several tactics Russia could use to cozy up to the president. Snowden called the report “irrefutable evidence” that he wasn’t colluding with Russians, despite allegations fromU.S. House members. Snowden, who faces espionage and theft charges over intelligence leaks revealing two secret surveillance programs under the NSA, has lived in Russia since 2013. He planned to fly to Ecuador to take refuge from U.S. extradition efforts, but he was held up at a Moscow airport because the U.S. canceled his passport. Snowden was granted athree-year extension of his asylumby the country’s Foreign Ministry in the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency. Ben Wizner, Snowden’s lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union, told NBC News that the organization didn’t know about any plans to return Snowden to the U.S. Some hail Snowden as a whistleblower a White House petition calling for Snowden’s pardon got more than 1 million signatures in 2015 yet others see him as a traitor who released sensitive information compromising national security. READ MORE: On clemency, White House sees distinction between Snowden and Manning cases Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning in last-minute clemency push On clemency, White House sees distinction between Snowden and Manning cases Snowden told an internet conference in Stockholm after the U.S. presidential electionthat he’s not afraid of the Trump administration boosted efforts to arrest him,The Guardianreported. The reality here is that yes,Donald Trumphas appointed a new director of the Central Intelligence Agency who uses me as a specific example to say that, look, dissidents should be put to death,” Snowden said.But if I get hit by a bus, or a drone, or dropped off an airplane tomorrow, you know what? It doesnt actually matter that much to me, because I believe in the decisions that Ive already made. The White House did not comment, NBC News reported. The Justice Department said it would welcome Snowden’s return. Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/2kvtSmV

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Edward Snowden’s New Job: Protecting Reporters From Spies – WIRED

Slide: 1 / of 1. Caption: 520 Design This story is part of our special coverage, The News in Crisis. When Edward Snowden leaked the biggest collection of classified National Security Agency documents in history, he wasnt just revealing the inner workings of a global surveillance machine. He was also scrambling to evade it. To communicate with the journalists who would publish his secrets, he had to route all his messages over the anonymity software Tor, teach reporters to use the encryption tool PGP by creating a YouTube tutorial that disguised his voice, and eventually ditch his comfortable life (and smartphone) in Hawaii to set up a cloak-and-dagger data handoff halfway around the world. Now, nearly four years later, Snowden has focused the next phase of his career on solving that very specific instance of the panopticon problem: how to protect reporters and the people who feed them information in an era of eroding privacywithout requiring them to have an NSA analysts expertise in encryption or to exile themselves to Moscow. Watch the journalists and youll find their sources, Snowden says. So how do we preserve that confidentiality in this new world, when its more important than ever? Since early last year, Snowden has quietly served as president of a small San Franciscobased nonprofit called the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Its mission: to equip the media to do its job at a time when state-sponsored hackers and government surveillance threaten investigative reporting in ways Woodward and Bernstein never imagined. Newsrooms dont have the budget, the sophistication, or the skills to defend themselves in the current environment, says Snowden, who spoke to WIRED via encrypted video-chat from his home in Moscow. Were trying to provide a few niche tools to make the game a little more fair. The groups 10 staffers and a handful of contract coders, with Snowdens remote guidance, are working to develop an armory of security upgrades for reporters. Snowden and renowned hacker Bunnie Huang have partnered to develop a hardware modification for the iPhone, designed to detect if malware on the device is secretly transmitting a reporters data, including location. Theyre developing a piece of software called Sunder that uses code written by Frederic Jacobs, one of the programmers for the popular encryption app Signal1; Sunder would allow journalists to encrypt a trove of secrets and then retrieve them only if several newsroom colleagues combine their passwords to access the data. And the foundations coders are building a plug-and-play version of Jitsi, the encrypted video-chat software Snowden himself uses for daily communication. They want newsrooms to be able to install it on their own servers with a few clicks. The idea is to make this all paint-by-numbers instead of teaching yourself to be Picasso, Snowden says. A brief guide to becoming an anonymous source. Web The anonymity network Tor obscures your identity by routing your online traffic through computers worldwide. Access it via the web-based Tor Browser to visit any site related to your planned contact with the press. Find a directory of the 35 or so news organizations that maintain SecureDrop portalsTor-enabled inboxes for anonymous tips. Then choose an outlet and leak away. Phone Buy a burnera cheap, prepaid Android phonewith cash from a nonchain store in an area youve never been to before. Dont carry your regular phone and the burner at the same time, and never turn on the burner at home or work. Create a Gmail and Google Play account from the burner, then install the encrypted calling and texting app Signal. When youre done, destroy the burner and ditch its corpse far from home. Snail mail Pick a distant mailbox, dont carry your phone on the trip, andduhdont include a real return address. But the foundations biggest coup has been SecureDrop, a Tor-based system for WikiLeaks-style uploads of leaked materials and news tips. The system has now been adopted by dozens of outlets, including The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. It works. I know, hinted a tweet from Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold the day after he published a leaked video of Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault. In early 2014, the Freedom of the Press Foundations founderswho include the first recipients of Snowdens leaks, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitrasasked their 30-year-old source to join the groups board as a largely symbolic gesture. But Snowden surprised the board members by showing up to his first meeting with a list of detailed changes to its 40-plus pages of bylaws. The next year he was unanimously elected its president. No one has more practical expertise when it comes to whistleblower and journalist communications, says Trevor Timm, the groups executive director. It was the perfect fit. Snowden has refused a salary, instead giving the group more than $60,000 of his fees from speaking engagements over the past year. Snowdens own leaks have shown the dire need for the foundations work: In early 2015 he revealed that British spies had collected emails from practically every major newspaper and wire service. Other signs of encroaching state surveillance have also put journalists on guard. Late last year it emerged that Montreal police had tracked the phone calls and texts of a reporter in order to identify sources critical of the department. And in early January, before he had even taken office, Donald Trump called on Congress to investigate a leak to NBC newsone that gave the network a sneak peek at an intelligence report on Russias role in influencing the US election. In the months since Trumps victory, the Freedom of the Press Foundations phones have been ringing off the hook with requests from newsrooms for training sessions, says Timm. Snowden is quick to note it was the administration of President Obama, not Trump, that indicted him and at least seven others under the Espionage Act for leaking information to journalists. Thats more such indictments than all other presidents in history combined have issued. But Snowden and Timm worry that Trump, with his deep-seated disdain for the media and the full powers of the US Justice Department at his fingertips, will be only too happy to carry forward and expand that precedent. (As for recent rumors that Putin may send Snowden back to the US as a gift to Trump, the former NSA contractor remains sanguine: If personal safety was the only thing I was worried about, I would never have left Hawaii.) All of that makes the medias technical protections from spying more important than ever. We cant fix the surveillance problem overnight, Snowden says. But maybe we can build a shield that will protect anyone whos standing behind it. If the group succeeds, perhaps the next Snowden will be able to take refuge not in Moscow but in the encrypted corners of the internet. Andy Greenberg (@a_greenberg) wrote about Google subsidiary Jigsaw in issue 24.10. This article appears in the March issue. Subscribe now. UPDATED 02/14/17, 12:45PM, TO INCLUDE SNOWDENS RESPONSE TO REPORTS THAT RUSSIA MAY EXTRADITE HIM TO THE U.S. 1 Correction appended, 2/14/17, 2:45 pm EST: This story has been corrected to clarify Frederic Jacobs involvement in Sunder.

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Edward Snowden may head to US, jail – Boston Herald

Moscow is reportedly toying with the idea of handing NSA leaker Edward Snowden over to President Trump as a housewarming gift after the whistleblower and alleged spy spent four years hiding in Russia. The Kremlins ploy emerged from intelligence reports that outlined Russian talks about ways to curry favor with the Trump administration, according to an NBC News report citing two unnamed U.S. officials. Snowden, the 33-year-old who extracted files from the National Security Agency outlining secret surveillance programs that gathered information from U.S. citizens as well as foreigners and fled to Hong Kong then Russia after his revelations were made public, would face espionage charges upon his return. Trump has called Snowden a terrible traitor and a spy who should be executed. Boston University professor and longtime CIA officer Joseph Wippl said gift-wrapping Snowden and forcing him on a plane to U.S. wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. Its up in the air whether Snowden was an agent of Russias before he got to Russia. Certainly, hes become one there, Wippl said. His use may indeed be over, and also he may not want to stay in Russia forever. I would be surprised if they forcibly sent him back. Its just something that wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. As a bit of a present, I dont know how much good that does to the administration. The Russian government in January extended Snowdens asylum for another two years. Snowdens lawyer from the ACLU, Ben Wizner, told NBC he and his client have received no such signals and has no new reason for concern. On Twitter, Snowden hailed the rumor as irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear theyre next, his tweet read. Russia views the report as a stale story being used by Trumps opponents to knock the new president off balance. It is evident that the pressure on the new administration on the part of political opponents within the United States continues, in the midst of bargaining, said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry. In December, Snowden acknowledged he could be sent back to the U.S. A lot of people have asked me: Is there going to be some kind of deal where Trump says, Hey look, give this guy to me as some kind of present? Will I be sent back to the U.S., where Ill be facing a show trial? Snowden said. Is this going to happen? I dont know. Could it happen? Sure. Am I worried about it? Not really, because heres the thing: I am very comfortable with the decisions that Ive made. I know I did the right thing.

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Wippl in the Boston Herald on Edward Snowden – BU Today

February 13, 2017 Joseph Wippl, Professor of the Practice of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was recently interviewed on the possibility of whistleblower Edward Snowden being returned to the United States by Russian authorities. Wippl was quoted in a February 12, 2017 article in theBoston Heraldentitled Edward Snowden May Head to U.S., Jail. From the text of the article: Boston University professor and longtime CIA officer Joseph Wippl said gift-wrapping Snowden and forcing him on a plane to U.S. wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. Its up in the air whether Snowden was an agent of Russias before he got to Russia. Certainly, hes become one there, Wippl said. His use may indeed be over, and also he may not want to stay in Russia forever. I would be surprised if they forcibly sent him back. Its just something that wouldnt make a whole lot of sense. As a bit of a present, I dont know how much good that does to the administration. You can read the entire article here. Wippl is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. He spent a 30 year career as an operations officer in the National Clandestine Service (NCS). Wippl has served overseas as an operations officer and operations manager in Bonn, West Germany; Guatemala City; Luxembourg; Madrid, Spain; Mexico City; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. Learn more about him here. Posted 1 day ago on Monday, February 13th, 2017 Permalink

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Edward Snowden Unafraid of Donald Trump Vladimir … – time.com

Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City on Sept. 14, 2016. Brendan McDermidReuters Edward Snowden has said he is not worried about the prospect of Vladimir Putin striking a deal with Donald Trump that could lead to his extradition and trial in the United States. Speaking on a webchat hosted by the Dutch private search engine StartPage on Nov. 10, the whistleblower and former NSA contractor said it would be “crazy” to dismiss the idea of the Russian President and Trump making a deal over his future, but he “[doesn’t] worry about it.” Snowden has been stranded in Moscow since he revealed classified information about the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance three years ago. He was charged in the U.S. with violations of the Espionage Act, but various campaigns and civil liberty organizations have been putting pressure on President Obama to pardon him . While I cant predict what the future looks like, I dont know whats going to happen tomorrow, I can be comfortable with the way Ive lived today,” he said. “And no matter what happens, if there’s a drone strike or I slip and fall down the stairs, that’s something that won’t change. As long as we do our best to live in accordance with our values, we don’t have to worry about what happens tomorrow.” Trump, who has vowed to repair U.S. relations with Russia, has previously threatened Snowden with execution. “I think hes a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country? You know what we used to do to traitors, right?,” he said, during an appearance on Fox and Friends in 2013.

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