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Westhill Consulting - Mass internet surveillance whistleblower goes public.pptx

Westhill Consulting - Mass internet surveillance whistleblower goes public.pptx

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The United States bulk surveillance scandal is continuing unabated with further revelations about the NSA PRISM programme and the person who leaked information about it.
The United States bulk surveillance scandal is continuing unabated with further revelations about the NSA PRISM programme and the person who leaked information about it.

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Existence of PRISM confirmed.
 
The United States bulk surveillancescandal is continuing unabated withfurther revelations about the NSA PRISM programme and the person who leaked information about it.Speaking to the
Guardian,
whichfirst broke the news about thepervasive US government surveillance that involves "direct access" to customer data from nineof the largest technology companies,29-year old Edward Snowden
  who worked for the NSA for a decade
said he blew the whistleon the scheme as a matter of principle.said he blew the whistle on the schemeas a matter of principle.Snowden said he wanted to inform thepublic of what he viewed as an"existential threat to democracy".Money was not the motivation forSnowden, who said the US government had granted itself powers it is not entitledto and that there was no public oversight."The result is people like myself have thelatitude to go further than they areallowed to," Snowden told the
Guardian 
.
Aiming for transparency rather thanharming people,
 
Snowden said he carefully evaluated andselected which documents to leak to journalists whose judgement he trusted,keeping others concealed.Snowden believed he would be harshly persecuted by the United States forespionage and expected to loseeverything including his freedom. "Allmy options are bad," Snowden said inthe interview.He is currently in Hong Kong and hopesthat Iceland will grant him politicalasylum.Meanwhile, the United States director of Intelligence, James Clapper, issued a fact sheet on PRISM that confirms theexistence of the surveillance programmeHowever, Clapper denied that PRISM issecret or used for data mining, saying instead it was an internal government computer system used to facilitatestatutorily authorised collection of foreign intelligence information fromelectronic communications providers.The collection took place under court supervision as per section 702 of the USForeign Intelligence Act and has beendiscussed and widely known since 2008,Clapper claimed.Clapper said the intelligence collectionhappened with the knowledge of theelectronic communication serviceproviders.

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