A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor leaked details of a top-secret American program that collects vast streams of phone and Internet data, American and British newspapers revealed Sunday.
"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," the source, Edward Snowden, told Britain's the Guardian, one of the papers that broke stories on the program last week.
The Washington Post also disclosed Sunday that Snowden was the source on its stories.
Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA and has been working at the National Security Agency, the U.S. electronic intelligence service, for the past four years, the newspaper reported. He said he walked away from a six-figure job in Hawaii for the computer consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and has holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong in preparation for the expected fallout from his disclosures.
The Justice Department is now officially launching an investigation into the unauthorized leaks made by Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden regarding the NSA.
Intelligence committee leaders both in the House and Senate are now saying Snowden should be prosecuted. Brianna Keilar has more on the story.
America's top intelligence official on Thursday night challenged news reports claiming Facebook posts, Gmail messages and more have been intercepted for years in a vast data-mining operation, saying the reports "contain numerous inaccuracies."
The Guardian, a British newspaper, and the Washington Post reported Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies had access to the central servers of nine of the country's biggest technology firms including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Facebook.
The Post reported the program - called PRISM - underwent "exponential growth" since its founding in 2007. In fact, the newspaper said the program has become the leading source of raw material for the National Security Agency, the secretive U.S. intelligence operation that monitors electronic communications.
The New York City police department has teamed up with Microsoft to build a new high-tech surveillance system called the "Domain Awareness System".
The new system allows police officers to access more than 3,000 closed-circuit cameras, as well as license plate scanners and radiation detectors across the city. The "Domain Awareness System” runs from a single command center in lower Manhattan, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the collaboration.
This new technology will not only profit the police but New York as well, since it will receive 30% of the revenue as Microsoft sells the technology to other police forces across the country.
Retired Nassau County police officer and director of the Elite Intelligence and Protection Agency Lou Palumbo gives some more insight on the new technology. Palumbo says, "Basically its just a very high-tech sophisticated, most recent generation surveillance system that enhances the city's ability to monitor activity on various levels. Even to the extent to the detection of radiation which is critical."
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