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September 19 2019

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How China’s surveillance state was a mirror to the US for whistle-blower Edward Snowden

South China Morning Post, 17 Sep. 2019

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«In his book Permanent Record, published on Wednesday, the former US spy agency contractor who now lives in exile in Russia, detailed how he fled to Hong Kong and then Moscow after creating one of the most serious security breaches in American history.

Snowden, who was a technician subcontracted to the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency for seven years, said he began to have suspicions about secret post-September 11 US surveillance programmes after he was asked in 2009 to brief a conference in Tokyo on how Chinese spy agencies were targeting the US intelligence community.

Preparing for the briefing, Snowden said he became aware that China’s surveillance of private communications was “utterly mind-boggling”. He was initially “so impressed by the system’s sheer achievement and audacity that I almost forgot to be appalled by its totalitarian controls”, he said.

He then began to feel disturbed when he realised that America, an internet and software power, might have done similar things to its people and the world.

“There was simply no way for America to have so much information about what the Chinese were doing without having done some of the very same things itself, and I had the sneaking sense while I was looking through all this China material that I was looking at a mirror and seeing a reflection of America,” he said.

“What China was doing publicly to its own citizens, America might be – could be – doing secretly to the world.”»

March 19 2018

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September 14 2017

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Interview with Edward Snowden 'There Is Still Hope - Even for Me'

DER SPIEGEL: Attention can be like a drug.

Snowden: Yeah, for certain personality types. But for me? You have to understand that my life literally is defined by a love for privacy. The worst thing in the world for me is the idea that I will go to the grocery store and someone will recognize me.

DER SPIEGEL: Does that happen?

Snowden: Just a few days ago, I was at the Tretyakov Gallery and there was a young woman there. And this woman is like, "You are Snowden." I think she might have been German. And I said, "yeah," and she took a selfie. And do you know what? She never published it online.

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July 29 2017

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June 25 2017

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Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance

“As recently as 2013, the NSA claimed to maintain ‘robust’ working relations with its Japanese counterparts. The agency has two surveillance partners in Japan: the Directorate for SIGINT, and the Japanese National Police Agency. Japan has collaborated closely with the NSA on monitoring the communications of neighboring countries, and it also appears to rely heavily on U.S.-provided intelligence about North Korean missile launches. As of February 2013, the NSA was increasingly collaborating with its Japanese counterparts on cybersecurity issues. And in September 2012, Japan began sharing information with the NSA that could be used to identify particular kinds of malicious software being used by hackers. This was the first time the country had shared this kind of data and the NSA viewed it as highly valuable, potentially leading to the prevention or detection of hacking attacks on ‘critical U.S. corporate information systems.’

In return, the NSA has provided Japanese spies with training, and it has also furnished them with some of its most powerful spying tools. An April 2013 document revealed that the NSA had provided the Japanese Directorate for SIGINT with an installation of XKEYSCORE, a mass surveillance system the NSA describes as its ‘widest reaching’ for sweeping up data from computer networks, monitoring ‘nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.’

Igeta Daisuke, a Japanese lawyer who specializes in civil liberties cases, said that the XKEYSCORE revelation was ‘very important’ for the country. The Japanese government’s use of the system could violate Japan’s Constitution, which protects privacy rights, Daisuke told The Intercept. He added that Japan has a limited legal framework covering surveillance issues, largely because the scope of the government’s spying has never before been disclosed, debated, or ruled upon by judges. ‘Japanese citizens know almost nothing about Japanese government surveillance,’ said Daisuke. ‘It is extremely secret.’

The Japanese government’s defense ministry, which oversees the country’s surveillance capabilitites, declined to comment.”

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New Snowden leaks reveal secret deals between Japan and NSA — RT News

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Japan pays NSA's bills

Yokota Air Base, located about a 90-minute drive from Tokyo, near the city of Fussa, is also crucial to the NSA's activities in Japan.

It is home to the agency's Engineering Support Facility, which supplies equipment used for surveillance operations across the globe.

On site is a 32,000 square foot building which hosts the repair and manufacture of surveillance antennas reportedly to be used in places including Afghanistan, Korea, Thailand, the Balkans, Iraq, Central and South America, and Cyprus.

The enormous site – about half the size of a football field – cost a whopping $6.6 million to build, but the NSA didn't have to foot much of the bill, according to a July 2004 NSA report cited by The Intercept.

Instead, the Japanese government almost entirely paid for the facility. The report also stated that Japan would cover staff costs, including seven designers, machinists, and other specialists who collectively received salaries totaling $375,000.

Additional documents note that Japan completely paid for the NSA's state-of-the-art facility on the island of Okinawa, which cost some $500 million.

But while Tokyo apparently dishes out huge sums of money to the NSA, a former Japanese data protection official, Hiroshi Miyashita, told The Intercept that little details are released about such agreements as they are withheld from public disclosure under a state secrecy law.

He went on to state that it's his understanding that the NSA operates in the country outside of Japan's legal jurisdiction, due to an agreement that grants US military facilities in Japan extraterritoriality.

The NSA has, at least, returned Japan's financial generosity with spying tools and training for its spies.

An April 2013 document shows that the NSA has provided the Japanese Directorate for SIGINT with an installation of XKEYSCORE, a mass surveillance system which the NSA describes as its ‘widest reaching’ for collecting data from computer networks.

However, The Intercept spoke to a Japanese lawyer who said that Tokyo's use of XKEYSCORE could violate Japan's constitution, which protects privacy rights. He added that Japan has a limited legal framework covering surveillance issues.”

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  • New Japanese Anti-Terror Law Could Hurt Social Trust, Lead to Self-Censorship (Sputnik International, Jun. 16 2017)

    “A controversial ‘anti-conspiracy’ law passed by Japan’s parliament on Thursday could damage mutual trust between Japanese people and lead many to enact self-censorship, experts told Sputnik.”

  • Japan Could Launch Wave of 'Mass Surveillance' Amid New Security Bill - Snowden (Sputnik International, Jun. 1 2017)

    “Japanese citizens could face a wave of ‘mass surveillance’ amid government efforts to adopt a bill that could strengthen police powers to enhance counterterrorism measures, US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden told the Japanese Kyodo news agency in an interview.

    The whistleblower added that the consequences for Japanese society could be even more severe if the adopted bill would coincide with the use of the XKEYSCORE data collection system.

    ‘This is the beginning of a new wave of mass surveillance in Japan,’ Snowden said.

    According to him, the situation in the Asian country was reminiscent of the security situation in the United States shortly after 9/11.”

June 17 2017

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Al Jazeera: Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

“Despite resistance from the opposition bloc, the bill was approved after more than 17 hours of debate. The bill writes 277 new crimes into law.”

But the opposition says many are petty crimes, targeting regular citizens, such as copyright violations or even stealing lumber from forests.”

“The government says the bill is part of the international joint effort against crime ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

After the parliamentary vote on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the law seeks to protect Japanese citizens and is part of the Convention on Transnational Organized Crime, ‘to prevent terrorism before it happens’.

But critics say it's an abuse of power and an unconstitutional attack on freedom of expression.

‘This legislation is the perfect example of how the government is using counterterrorism as an excuse for mass-surveilance of ordinary citizens and activists, trying to re-militarise the country and crackdown on dissidents,’ Tokyo resident, Lisa Torio, told Al Jazeera.”

“In an interview with Kyodo News earlier this month, US whistleblower Edward Snowden called the bill ‘the beginning of a new wave of mass-surveillance in Japan’.

‘This is a normalisation of a surveillance culture, that has not previously existed in Japan in public’, he said.”

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May 27 2017

May 20 2017

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UN sets up privacy rapporteur role in wake of Snowden leaks

“Although the right to privacy is enshrined in international law – it is set out in article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – it has largely been ignored and is low on the list of UN priorities.

The Snowden revelations changed this dynamic, producing a strong reaction in Germany, given its history of surveillance by the Stasi secret police and the disclosure that the NSA had hacked the mobile phone of the chancellor, Angela Merkel. In Brazil, the president, Dilma Rousseff, cancelled a visit to Washington in protest over spying on her country.

The resolution, ‘The right to privacy in the digital age’, notes that ‘the rapid pace of technological development enables individuals all over the world to use new information and communications technology and at the same time enhances the capacity of governments, companies and individuals to undertake surveillance, interception and data collection, which may violate or abuse human rights’ and describes the issue as one of increasing concern.

It expresses deep concern ‘at the negative impact that surveillance and/or interception of communications, including extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of communications, as well as the collection of personal data, in particular when carried out on a mass scale, may have on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights’.

The campaign group Privacy International has been lobbying for such a resolution since 2013. Tomaso Falchetta, legal officer for PI, said: ‘Now, perhaps more than ever, we need a dedicated individual to hold those accountable who wish to violate privacy, whether it is through surveillance, indiscriminate data collection, or other techniques that infringe on this important right.’”

February 14 2017

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June 01 2015

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May 31 2015

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“As we all know, on Friday FIFA was to elect its president, and Mr Blatter has every chance to be re-elected. We are aware of the pressure that was put on him to prevent the 2018 World Cup in Russia. We know of his views, which have nothing to do with any special relations between FIFA and Russia. This is his general principled position: it’s not right to mix sports and politics. Moreover, he believes sport should have a positive influence on politics and serve as a platform for dialogue, for reconciliation and a search for solutions. I believe this is the right position.

As for the arrests that were made, it seems strange in the very least as the arrests were conducted on the basis of corruption charges made by the American side. Whom did they charge? International officers. It may be possible that some of them did something wrong, I do not know, but the USA definitely have nothing to do with this. These officers are not United States’ citizens, and if anything did happen, it did not happen on the territory of the United States and the USA have nothing to do with it. This is yet another obvious attempt to spread their jurisdiction to other states. I have no doubt that this is obviously an attempt to prevent Mr Blatter’s re-election to the post of FIFA President, which is a grave violation of the principles that international organisations function on.

Meanwhile, according to our media, the United States Attorney General has already stated that these officers of the FIFA executive committee have committed a crime, as though he [sic] as a prosecutor is unaware of the presumption of innocence. Only a court can find a person guilty or not guilty, and only after that can anyone say anything, even if we assume that the United States have a reason to extradite those people, though the actions occurred on third party territory.

We are aware of the position of the United States regarding the former special services employee Mr Snowden, who was a National Security Agency employee and who made public the illegal practice of the United States practically all over the world, including tapping the phones of foreign leaders. Everybody is discussing this, including in Europe, but nobody wants to grant him asylum, guarantee his security, nobody wants to quarrel with their partners, with their senior partners.

This may be understandable, as Mr Snowden is a former security service employee and a citizen of the United States. What about Mr Assange, who has been forced to hide at a foreign embassy for several years? This is almost like being imprisoned. What is he persecuted for? For sexual crimes? Nobody believes that, you do not believe that either. He is being persecuted for spreading the information he received from US military regarding the actions of the USA in the Middle East, including Iraq.

Why did I bring this up now? Unfortunately, our American partners use these methods for their own ulterior purposes. They are illegally persecuting people. I do not rule out the possibility that the same goes for this situation with FIFA. Although I do not know what this will result in, but the fact that this is happening on the eve of elections of the FIFA president leads one to think so.”

— Comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the situation with FIFA (kremlin.ru, May 28 2015)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s full statement on the FIFA scandal is available in which he also commented on the US actions against Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
— from @wikileaks (May 30 2015)

May 18 2015

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A video of the ‘Anything to Say’ statues of Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden is available. The video shows the statues being erected in Berlin and the following presentation.
— from @wikileaks (May 17 2015)

April 08 2015

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“While most people slept, a trio of artists and some helpers installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn on Monday morning. The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there. UPDATE: Parks Department put a tarp over the bust and removed it this afternoon.

The idea for the Snowden tribute was conceived about a year ago by two New York City-based artists with a history of pulling off notable public interventions. They linked up with a renowned sculptor on the West Coast who was sympathetic to their cause.

The artists admit that Snowden probably wouldn’t approve of the project, since he never wanted the leaks to be about him, but they hope he’d understand why they did it. In a statement about the project, which they have entitled, ‘Prison Ship Martyrs Monument 2.0,’ they wrote:

Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies. It would be a dishonor to those memorialized here to not laud those who protect the ideals they fought for, as Edward Snowden has by bringing the NSA’s 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance programs to light. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze.

Our goal is to bring a renewed vitality to the space and prompt even more visitors to ponder the sacrifices made for their freedoms. We hope this inspires them to reflect upon the responsibility we all bear to ensure our liberties exist long into the future.”

There’s a Massive, Illicit Bust of Edward Snowden Stuck to a War Monument in Brooklyn (animalnewyork.com, Apr. 6 2015)

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April 04 2015

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Snowden: UK spied on Argentina over Falklands

“The documents obtained by The Intercept and Argentinian news website Todo Noticias say that a unit of the British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters, the Joint Threat Research and Intelligence Group, has been involved in ‘Operation QUITO’ in Argentina from at least 2009 until 2011.
It was allegedly tasked ‘to support Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s goals relating to Argentina and the Falkland Islands’ in order to ‘prevent Argentina from taking over the Falkland Islands.’
The Intercept suggests that the unit could have been using ‘false flag’ operations and computer viruses to collect intelligence, spread propaganda and discredit opponents.”

November 13 2014

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October 18 2014

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An Edward Snowden internet-media award has been established in Russia for achievements in the modern information area, Ekho Moskvy radio said. This is the first prize of its kind in Russia, according to the radio station, which is one of the organizers. Nominations can be submitted by news, business and other online media.
Snowden internet-media prize established in Russia (RT News, Oct. 17 2014)
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