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Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist and former contractor for the National Security Agency. He made headlines with his disclosure of classified information on global surveillance by the NSA in 2013.
Edward Snowden has been called a hero, a traitor, a patriot and a dissident. His disclosure of classified documents detailing the extent of digital espionage by the NSA to several international media outlets was one of the most significant leaks in US history. Around the world, governments and citizen activists responded in outrage to the news that a US spy agency had monitored and collected telephone and Internet metadata on their citizens and political leaders. The issue of data protection rose to the forefront of political discussions, particularly in Germany where relations with the US were particularly tense following news that Chancellor Angela Merkel's smartphone had been tapped. DW has been covering the fallout of the leaks, Snowden's request for asylum, the protection of whistleblowers and Internet security since the news first broke in June 2013.
ser: Germany is demanding answers over a report that Denmark helped the United States spy on senior European politicians, including Chancellor Angela Merkel. Berlin only found out via the journalists covering the story. Anthony Howard spoke to Antonius Kempmann, a reported from German public broadcaster NDR, who was part of the investigation.
An investigation has uncovered that Denmark's secret service helped the US to spy on German politicians. It's not the first time there have been reports of the NSA monitoring German leaders, but it is the first time Denmark has been named as a direct partner.
The intelligence agencies issued a joint statement saying the hacking was for the purpose of "intelligence gathering," rather than an attempt to disrupt operations. President Trump had previously placed blame on China.
Edward Snowden’s lawyer says the whistleblower would like to leave Russia and live in Germany. So what‘s stopping him? Brent Goff asked Robert Tibbo, Snowden's lawyer and one of the people the former NSA contractor credits with saving his life.