Saturday, August 10, 2013

Snowden Leak Link List

Regardless of your feelings on the issue, Snowden's leak was probably the most important thing to happen in the last ten years for the fields of National Security and Information Security. There are lots of changes in motion and it's unclear how things will settle, but here are some important facets of the topic from both sides that may give clues.

He did break the law. No matter how things fall out, despite the merit and significance of his claims, no laws exist to protect him.  http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/18/19024443-analysis-why-edward-snowden-isnt-a-whistle-blower-legally-speaking?lite
 
There is public cause to think that oversight was broken or at least inefficient and error prone.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2013/06/fire_dni_james_clapper_he_lied_to_congress_about_nsa_surveillance.html

The information he has released has caused over 19 activist organizations to file lawsuits against the government, including the EFF.
https://www.eff.org/mention/electronic-frontier-foundation-sues-nsa-over-surveillance

The leaks are triggering government reforms and more ovesight.

Secure email providers are being targeted or are pre-emptively closing their services rather than be seen as complicit in government surveillance.
Phil Zimmerman, the creator of PGP owned Silent Circle.

This makes related privacy issues much more complicated such as the government attacks against the TOR network.
Side note: Tor was created by the government to protect anonymity.