Obama 'open to NSA surveillance reform' at meeting with lawmakers
POTUS has met with key members of Congress as the White House attempts to contain anger at the NSA surveillance. It’s actually sad that the president’s not very much vocal about this issue. Then again, as suggested by my previous post in the past months, I’m not surprised. Being ‘open to NSA reform’ is not enough. He should be pushing for massive reform.
Furthermore, yesterday, August 1, the Russian government has granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum thus allowing him to leave Moscow airport. This of course triggered anger from the White House.
The day before, the Guardian broke a story on a newly discovered NSA program called XKeyscore, which collects almost everything including emails, social media data and history. Not surprising, but I’m glad that the Guardian is active in exposing the Obama Administration’s monstrosities in violating the world’s privacy rights.
Quoting The Guardian, in its summary of the latest revelations of Snowden leaving Moscow airport as of 8/1/2013, 8:08pm BST:
- Edward Snowden has left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after being granted asylum by Russian authorities. The NSA whistleblower had been staying in the transit area of the the airport for over a month while Russia deliberated over whether to accept his application for temporary asylum.
- Snowden left the airport in a taxi, accompanied by WikiLeaks advisor Sarah Harrison, the organisation said in a statement. He has travelled to a “secure, confidential place”, WikiLeaks said. Snowden, who has reportedly been learning Russian, has been granted asylum for one year.
- Russia’s decision has sparked a diplomatic row, with the White House “extremely disappointed” by the move. Jay Carney, Obama’s press secretary, said the administration had been lobbying “publicly and privately” for Snowden to be returned to the US.
- “In the end, the law is winning,” Snowden said in comments released by WikiLeaks. He said the Obama administration had shown “no respect for international or domestic law”. In a statement Snowden thanked Russia for its decision in his favour. He will be free to travel around Russia during his year-long stay.