Despite pressure from a group of high-profile human and civil rights groups, President Obama told German newspaper, Der Spiegel late last week that he will not pardon Snowden during his final weeks in office . Snowden, a former NSA contractor, has lived in exile ever since he worked with various media organizations in 2013 to reveal an array of extensive and intrusive domestic and international spying operations run by the NSA and other agencies. The president has also been backed up by a letter sent to him in September and signed by members of the House of Representatives’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. More
Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked classified documents to expose government surveillance, will speak in December 5, 2015 to a Park City Utah audience via video from his apartment in Russia where he has been given asylum. Snowden will participate in a discussion on cybersecurity at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Eccles Center. The discussion will be moderated by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio.Another guest will be Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project. Snowden comes to The Eccles Center via closed video feed. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m.
Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid, said that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by the Chinese. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. The United States officials have declined to publicly blame China. It is believe that the hackers now have all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees .
The union believes the hackers stole military records and veterans’ status information, address, birth date, job and pay history, health insurance, life insurance, and pension information; and age, gender and race data.
Authorties believe the hackers stole what is known as Standard Form 86, which require applicants to fill out deeply personal information about themselves. The officials said they believe the hack into the security clearance database was separate from the breach of federal personnel data announced last week — a breach that is itself appearing far worse than first thought. It appears that all of the millions of security clearance holders, including CIA, National Security Agency and military special operations personnel, are potentially exposed in the security clearance breach. American officials have said that the cybertheft originated in China and that they suspect espionage by the Chinese government, which has denied any involvement.
After Edward Snowden, was able to steal tens of thousands of the agency’s most sensitive documents it has become more difficult for the federal government to hire talented younger people into sensitive jobs, particularly at intelligence agencies.Today, if you get a job with the government, your own personal information may not be secure.