A group of civil rights organizations in Germany are awarding Edward Snowden with a prize for whistleblowing. They decry his treatment by the US and want Germany to offer him aslyum.
The German cabinet has agreed on a new bill to rein in its intelligence agency, the BND. Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed it had been helping the US spy agency, NSA. But activists say the reform is toothless.
Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency chief is to be replaced prematurely, according to German media. The 63-year-old Gerhard Schindler has faced parliamentary grillings over his handling of the NSA affair.
Serious abuses often come to light only as a result of information from insiders. Although their leads are so important, whistleblowers are often persecuted and punished, and are in need of greater protection.
Germany's foreign intelligence service was spying on a "double-digit" number of EU and NATO governments until 2013, according to a parliamentary committee report. The BND also spied on a German citizen.
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