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Things That Can And Cannot Be Said John Cusack in Conversation with Arundhati Roy

John Cusack Outlook
This is the first part of a multi-part series in The Outlook. One morning as I scanned the news-horror in the Middle East, Russia and America facing off in the Ukraine, I thought of Edward Snowden and wondered how he was holding up in Moscow. I began to imagine a conversation between him and Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war). And then interestingly, in my imagination a third person made her way into the room-the writer Arundhati Roy.

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Budget Documents Detail Extent of U.S. Cyberoperations

David E. Sanger New York Times
Newly disclosed budget documents for America’s intelligence agencies show how aggressively the United States is now conducting offensive cyberoperations against other nations, even as the Obama administration protests attacks on American computer networks by China, Iran and Russia.

Obama: I Was Going to Do That

The president insists he would have implemented NSA oversight even without Edward Snowden’s leaks. (Ann Telnaes / The Washington Post)

'Restore the Fourth' July 4th Anti-NSA Spying Protests

‘Restore the Fourth’ is aimed at restoring the fundamentals of the Fourth Amendment – the part of the Bill of Rights which protects citizens against unlawful searches and seizures. Participants will display an online banner which reads, “This 4th of July, we stand by the 4th Amendment and against the U.S. government’s surveillance of internet users.”

New NSA Leaks Show How US Is Bugging Its European Allies

Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger The Guardian
Germany's justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, demanded an explanation from Washington, saying that if confirmed, US behaviour "was reminiscent of the actions of enemies during the cold war".
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