“Who Takes the Internet Takes the Universe!”

The United States government has decided to give up its oversight of Internet addresses; a change that is supposed to take place over "an indeterminate timeline," but a significant and groundbreaking change nonetheless. More from the story: Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain …

More Proof that Edward Snowden Is a Fraud

From the time that Edward Snowden burst onto the public scene, he has told anyone who would listen that his objective in leaking secret NSA documents has been to show how the NSA has taken to spying on Americans. The latest disclosures from the Snowden files lay bare the methods by which British intelligence agencies are …

The Obama Administration and NSA Reforms

I don't have too much to say about the president's recent speech other than to note that it leaves in place the essentials of the current surveillance program, which the National Security Agency ought to be happy about. Some news is made in the president's announcement that the NSA will no longer be holding bulk metadata, …

“Change We Can Believe In”

Alternatively titled "Things Obamaphiles Didn't Vote For": As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a center for scholars in August 2007 to give a speech on terrorism. He described a surveillance state run amok and vowed to rein it in. “That means no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens,” he declared. …

Send Edward Snowden to Jail

I'm with Josh Barro: For America's intelligence and diplomatic apparatus to work, it needs to be able to do secret things whose disclosure would be damaging to American interests. And it needs to be able to bind government employees and contractors to not to make those disclosures. Snowden broke his commitment to safeguard a wide …

In Which I Agree with Fred Kaplan

Edward Snowden doesn't deserve clemency: I regard Daniel Ellsberg as an American patriot. I was one of the first columnists to write that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired for lying to Congress. On June 7, two days after the first news stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks, I wrote a column airing (and endorsing) the …

In Which Edward Snowden Reveals Himself

Can we please stop calling him a "whistleblower" now? When he first entered the public eye, National Security Agency defector Edward Snowden presented himself as an American patriot. In his first public interview, he argued that he intends no harm to the United States and worries that people “won't be willing to take the risks necessary …

Chutzpah, Thy Name Is “Snowden”

So, Edward Snowden wants clemency now from the very country which he betrayed and whose national security he put in peril via the disclosure of secrets that compromised sources and methods. To say the least, I am not sympathetic to the plea. The hype to the contrary notwithstanding, neither Snowden nor Bradley Manning are heroes, and …

So, the NSA Broke the Law

A lot. Let us count the violations: The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details …