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Julian Assange hints WikiLeaks might publish next Edward Snowden revelations

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday his organization is helping Edward Snowden seek asylum in Iceland. Assange also hinted that he might publish Snowden's next revelations.

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“President Obama has gone farther than any of the others in using the power of the government,” Mr. Ellsberg said. “What’s new is not only prosecutions under the Espionage Act but criminalizing the process of investigative journalism.”

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But Ellsberg also said he remains hopeful that the examples of Manning, Assange, and Snowden will prompt others to become leakers and whistle-blowers.

“This is our last chance, I think, to keep our press and thus our democracy from becoming like China’s or the Soviet Union,” he said.

For critics of domestic spying, FBI Director Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony Wednesday, acknowledging that his agency has been using surveillance drones over American soil, came as a matter of suspicions confirmed.

"I think the greatest threat to the privacy of Americans is the drone and the use of the drone and the very few regulations that are on it today and the booming industry of commercial drones,” CNN quotes Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California as saying. (Senator Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has defended the NSA’s electronic-surveillance program.)
As reporters and government officials try to track down Snowden – last located in a hotel in Hong Kong – the debate over the benefits and dangers of the NSA’s surveillance programs continues.

In a USA Today interview earlier this week, three former NSA whistle-blowers – Thomas Drake, William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe – were said to “feel vindicated” by Snowden’s revelations.

“They say the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former NSA contractor who worked as a systems administrator, proves their claims of sweeping government surveillance of millions of Americans not suspected of any wrongdoing,” USA Today reports. “They say those revelations only hint at the programs' reach.”
“We are seeing the initial outlines and contours of a very systemic, very broad, a Leviathan surveillance state and much of it is in violation of the fundamental basis for our own country – in fact, the very reason we even had our own American Revolution,” said Mr. Drake, a former NSA executive who was charged under the Espionage Act. (The most serious charges were dropped, and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misuse of a government computer.)


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