Edward Snowden has released an open letter and a manifesto in recent days, with critics saying he's angling for clemency. Actually, it's not clear what he's doing, but it's not likely to amount to much, experts say.
On Saturday, the Pakistani Taliban met to choose a new leader following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a US drone strike. The Pakistani government worried the strike could jeopardize their attempts at peace talks with the Taliban.
The Guardian newspaper has named Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Britain, as countries where intelligence agencies have been cooperating under a mass surveillance program comparable to the monitoring done by the US National Security Agency.
Overseas Google and Yahoo data centers have been targeted by the National Security Agency, according to recently leaked documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Both companies are making efforts to better encrypt data.