August 16, 2013 An internal audit of the spy agency turned up many cases of "unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States," The Washington Post reports. Documents supplied by "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden add new details to the scope of U.S. surveillance programs.
August 9, 2013 After Obama proposed reforms to some surveillance programs run by the NSA, the Justice Department issued a long-awaited white paper on the legal reasoning for the bulk collection of telephone records.
August 8, 2013 According to The New York Times, the National Security Agency is watching emails and other text communications that go in and out of the country. It's looking for key words. The agency says it only gathers information it is authorized to collect.
August 5, 2013 After weeks of talk about whether National Security Agency surveillance programs should be curbed, voices are now praising the programs' effectiveness. Meanwhile, many embassies across North Africa and the Middle East remain closed.
July 31, 2013 The most significant document details the safeguards the government must adhere to when sifting through data.
July 26, 2013 The U.S. wants Russia to send the "NSA leaker" home for prosecution. In a letter to his Russian counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder gives what he says are assurances that Edward Snowden should not be "treated as a refugee or granted asylum."
July 26, 2013 Sources tell CNET News that government investigators have asked for such data. Whether any company has turned the information over isn't clear. The report is the latest in a string of stories in recent weeks about steps the National Security Agency and FBI are reportedly taking.
July 2, 2013 Lon Snowden also compares his son to American patriot Thomas Paine. Edward Snowdown, who has spilled secrets to several news outlets, is seeking asylum. He's wanted for prosecution in the U.S.
July 2, 2013 Several countries have already turned down requests from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who remains in legal limbo at a Moscow airport. He wants to avoid being sent to the U.S. to face prosecution. There's speculation in Russia that he might leave with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is visiting.
June 30, 2013 The WikiLeaks founder argues that the "NSA leaker" has exposed "mass unlawful interception" of individuals' phone calls and Internet messages. But key lawmakers made the case again Sunday that Edward Snowden should be returned to the U.S. to face prosecution.
June 30, 2013 Germany's Der Spiegel says it has seen more documents obtained by "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden. They allegedly show the U.S. has been eavesdropping on European Union offices. The White House has declined to comment.
June 29, 2013 Edward Snowden has admitted giving information about National Security Agency programs to The Guardian and The Washington Post. He's thought to be at the international airport in Moscow and to be seeking sanctuary in another country, perhaps Ecuador.
June 24, 2013 Hong Kong and China were wrong to let the "NSA leaker" fly to Moscow, White House spokesman Jay Carney says. Now, the Obama administration expects Russia to take steps that will lead to Snowden's return to the U.S. Meanwhile, Julian Assange talks about the help Snowden is getting from WikiLeaks.
June 24, 2013 It was widely reported that he would fly from Moscow to Havana on Monday. But he apparently did not board that flight. Just where Snowden is headed isn't known for sure, but it's thought that his final destination will be Ecuador.
June 21, 2013 Revelations that Google, Microsoft and other tech companies have been providing user data to the National Security Agency may have tainted those companies' reputations for independence. Those companies share information with the government, often voluntarily. In the process, many have earned the status of "trusted partners."