POGO: Focus on Edward Snowden’s revelations–not distractions


After a government contractor exposed startling details about domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency, much of the public discussion centered about the whistleblower, Edward Snowden. In response, the Project on Government Oversight issued a public statement calling upon the nation to focus  great focus instead on “the important issues [Snowden] has exposed—a broken system for whistleblowers and how secrecy is undermining our constitutional democracy.” With POGO’s permission, the statement by Executive Director Danielle Brian is provided in full below.

Snowden in Moscow airport limbo


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Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, departed Hong Kong on Sunday, taking an Aeroflot flight to Moscow.

Hong Kong’s decision to allow him to leave comes a day after the US sought to turn up the pressure on the territory to hand him over, with a senior administration official telling the Washington Post: “If Hong Kong doesn’t act soon, it will complicate our bilateral relations and raise questions about Hong Kong’s commitment to the rule of law.” (Guardian)

The Price of Blowing the Whistle

Reporters follow whistleblowers on Capitol HIll (2005)

Photo by Linda Lewis

by Julia Davis  Edward Snowden set the world ablaze with revelations of overreaching surveillance, conducted by the American government against its own citizens. The excuse of “national security” often allows powers-that-be to avoid public scrutiny, effectively ending the discussion. However, in this scenario people feel personally violated and the debate is unlikely to cease anytime soon.

In online chat, Snowden denies contact with Chinese government


On Monday, readers of The Guardian had an opportunity to participate in an online chat with Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed details of domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Questions submitted by readers included several that were hotly debated on cable news shows over the past week.