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US Senate to vote to renew NSA’s internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrant-less internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure. The legislation would extend the NSA program, which gathers information from foreigners overseas but incidentally collects an unknown amount of communications belonging to Americans. The bill - which easily passed the House of Representatives last week despite mixed signals posted on Twitter by President…

Five things to know about WikiLeaks

PARIS: WikiLeaks has made global headlines for 10 years by releasing millions of classified documents, embarrassing governments worldwide but also raising fears that the revelations may have put lives in danger. Its controversial founder Julian Assange, holed up since 2012 in the Ecuadoran embassy in London to avoid extradition over rape allegations, has also polarised opinion on the group. Here are five things to know about WikiLeaks as it marks its 10-year anniversary. 10 million leaks While the WikiLeaks website was…

Snowden’s lawyer says extradition report is ‘speculation’

MOSCOW: Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer on Saturday dismissed a US report that Moscow was considering extraditing the NSA whistleblower as a "gift" to President Donald Trump. Anatoly Kucherena, who has represented Snowden since his arrival in Russia in 2013, told Interfax news agency that "Russia has no legal basis to hand over Snowden." US channel NBC on Friday quoted a senior US official with access to highly sensitive intelligence reports as saying Russia was considering the move "to curry favour" with Trump.…

US, UK spies targeted airline passengers’ mobiles: report

PARIS: American and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers' mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France, French media has reported, citing documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The French flag-carrier was an early target of the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ as it was seen as a terrorist target and it carried out tests in 2007 on allowing the use of mobile phones on its aircraft. "The use of mobile phones with internet connections in the…

Snowden loses final Norway appeal for no-extradition pledge

OSLO: Norway's supreme court on Friday rejected a final appeal by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden to secure assurances he would not be extradited to the US should he travel to Norway to collect an award. Just as was the case in an original lawsuit and the subsequent appeal to a lower court in Oslo, the supreme court said it could not evaluate an extradition request preemptively. Former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Snowden, who lives in exile in Russia, faces charges of espionage and theft of…

The winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2016 is anyone’s guess

OSLO: A veteran Russian rights activist, or the architects of the Iranian nuclear accord? The field of contenders for Friday's Nobel Peace Prize was suddenly thrown wide open after the Colombian people's shock rejection of a peace deal put its negotiators out of the running. For once, the Nobel experts thought they were on to a sure thing. But just days before the award, they were forced to rethink after voters in Colombia said 'No' to a peace deal between their government and the communist FARC rebels in a weekend…

Edward Snowden film premieres in Hong Kong

HONG KONG: The new movie 'Snowden' held its premiere in Hong Kong on Friday (September 30) night. The asylum-seeking family who, at one point, hid the US whistle-blower in their Hong Kong apartment after he fled his country, attended the premiere of the film, which tells the story of the former US National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence contractor. Edward Snowden's lawyer in Hong Kong, Jonathan Man, pointed out his client was actually helped by people who were also stateless. The movie was shot by US director Oliver…