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Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws.

Snowden questions Putin on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday joined a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws.

Snowden asks Putin question on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday made an unexpected intervention in a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities. Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws.

Snowden asks Putin question on surveillance in phone-in

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities during a phone-in session. Snowden, who has been given asylum in Russia, asked the question in English via video. It was not clear if the video was recorded or was live. Putin replied that the kind of "mass eavesdropping" on the population that Snowden exposed in the United States was impossible as Russia's special services were under strict control. sjw/am/ric

Snowden calls for international deal on data surveillance

Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Tuesday there should be an international agreement on data collection to protect against the mass surveillance of citizens. Speaking to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg via video link, he said a set of "common standards" would be needed to prevent widespread surveillance programmes like that carried out by the US National Security Agency. The whistleblower, who lives in Moscow after being granted asylum by Russia, was speaking to officials from across Europe who are investigating mass surveillance.

Snowden intel in Russian hands: US lawmakers

Much of the classified data smuggled out last year by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has likely been obtained by Russian intelligence officials, US lawmakers warned Tuesday. "Ninety-five percent of the information he took, by the way, was related to military, both tactical and strategic information that we now believe is in the hands of the Russians," congressman Mike Rogers, chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, told reporters.

Snowden sees 'turning point' in NSA reforms

Fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said Tuesday he sees a "turning point" in the surveillance reform plans unveiled by the White House and Congress. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents which provided details of vast US surveillance programs, gave a guarded welcome to a proposal from President Barack Obama to end bulk collection of telephone data.

US is not waging industrial espionage: intel officials

US spy agencies are not waging a vast industrial espionage campaign on behalf of American companies as alleged by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, senior officials said Thursday. The United States collects economic intelligence to try to assess the stability of governments and trace the financing of terror groups or dangerous weapons, according to intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "The fact that we target foreign companies for intelligence is not part of any economic espionage," said one senior intelligence official.

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistleblowers

The deputy head of the NSA spying agency accused fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday of displaying "amazing arrogance" in revealing US eavesdropping techniques. NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett argued that Snowden, hailed as a hero by many for exposing the vast scope of the National Security Agency's online snooping, had done a disservice to whistleblowers.

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistle-blowers

NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett on Thursday spoke out against former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, saying he does a disservice to whistle blowers. Ledgett took aim at Snowden in a hastily arranged video-link to a prestigious TED conference where Snowden had appeared in similar fashion two days earlier. "We didn't realize that he was going to show up, so kudos to you guys for arranging a nice surprise like that," Ledgett said, kicking off a video chat with TED curator Chris Anderson.
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