Obama Announces NSA Spying Reforms
|The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
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President Barack Obama today (Aug. 9) announced four major reform initiatives designed to restore trust in the U.S. government and the intelligence community in the wake of the revelations leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
“Given the history of abuse by governments, it’s right to ask questions aboutsurveillance,” Obama said during a White House press conference.
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit, Shuts Down Secure Email Service
A day after Lavabit, the secure email service used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, shuttered its doors, a more high-profile secure-communications provider also decided to end its email service.
“Email that uses standard Internet protocols cannot have the same security guarantees that real-time communications has,” wrote Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, on the company’s blog today (Aug. 9).
- Democracy Now!: EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Snowden’s Email Service on Why He Closed Lavabit Rather Than Comply With Gov’t (huffingtonpost.com)
- NSA to cut 90 percent of systems administrators (washingtonpost.com)