I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. President at @FreedomofPress.

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The ability to invisibly hack your phone is being sold to countries at the red-hot intersection of a Venn Diagram between “desperately craves the tools of oppression” and “sorely lacks the sophistication to produce them domestically.” Why is it legal? edwardsnowden.substack.com/p…
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"What you have is a government inside a government, an undemocratic apparatus making all of the decisions beneath a shell of democracy—something that looks like a democracy and is called a democracy, but has almost none of the properties a democracy is defined by."
For those who still think "the Deep State" is a deranged conspiracy theory invented in 2017 by Sean Hannity: YouTube has been re-circulating a 2015 speech I gave at the Univ. of Utah at the height of the Snowden reporting. Here's what I said about secrecy and the security state:
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These (👇) were my core views in 2010 (which is what caused Snowden to choose me). They were my core views in 2015 (when the left couldn't applaud loudly enough). And they're my core views now. Much changed during the Trump years. My core, animating worldview isn't among them:
For those who still think "the Deep State" is a deranged conspiracy theory invented in 2017 by Sean Hannity: YouTube has been re-circulating a 2015 speech I gave at the Univ. of Utah at the height of the Snowden reporting. Here's what I said about secrecy and the security state:
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2 weeks to get a good picture from different lab studies, 4 weeks I would say to see whether it has a real advantage in different settings and the will dominate globally.
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Question for actual-scientist Twitter: how long until we have a reasonable (but tentative) grasp of Omicron's novel characteristics? How many weeks are we talking?
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Omicron sounds like the name of an 80s movie's evil Robot King.
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The head of Hong Kong's Department of Justice--if such a department can still be said to exist--appears to have personally intervened to deny representation to the lawyer who aided me there, in a case that seems ever-more-obviously constructed to chase him out of the territory.
New dev in the Snowden/HK saga. Robert Tibbo, the Canadian lawyer who represented NSA whistleblower Edward @Snowden during his time in Hong Kong lost a bid Thurs to have famous British rights lawyer Geoffrey Roberston represent him in a closely watched disciplinary hearing.
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No matter what complaints the Hong Kong Bar Association might have about Tibbo, there bottom line is that he fought for many, many years to secure the safety of families that the HK government has shown little interest in protecting--and won.
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Most of the refugees who helped shelter Snowden -- who hailed from the Philippines and Sri Lanka -- have since been granted asylum in Canada.
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What an incredibly tragic story, in every possible way:
Ian Fishback, an Army whistle-blower whose allegations that fellow members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners prompted the Senate to approve anti-torture legislation in 2005, has died at 42. nyti.ms/3FCAGrW
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A radical sharpening of tone is occurring in economic discussions—with deepening convictions as to the assignation of blame—as the ailing currencies of the prior century succumb at last to diseases born from generations of neglect. This has happened before. It will get worse.
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Reporters writing on the Apple-NSO story should understand this lawsuit would not be *possible* without the years-long investigations of @citizenlab, who are close to single-handedly responsible for uncovering the bulk of what we know about the NSO group's darkest deeds.
BREAKING NOW: @Apple just filed a major lawsuit against NSO Group. Apple also notifying some recent targets. Massive blow to the company notorious for selling spyware to dictators. And there's more... Explainer THREAD. 1/ apple.com/newsroom/2021/11/a…
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NSO has intimate ties to Israeli government leadership who use NSO as a powerful diplomatic tool. Netanyahu specifically urged on the sale of Pegasus to many neighbors including UAE as part of a broad political strategy to strengthen and normalize ties. technologyreview.com/2021/11…
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NEW: NSO Group is in crisis. Scandal and sanction torpedoed a multimillion dollar sale to France. NSO is struggling and failing to reverse US sanctions. There is over $500 million in debt. There is doubt at the highest levels about the future of NSO. technologyreview.com/2021/11…
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Software giants who have seen the commercial malware targeting their users should look at this as a template for imposing consequences on this predatory industry. The "business" of human-rights-violations-as-a-service must be stamped out—before it grows. apple.com/newsroom/2021/11/a…
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The ability to invisibly hack your phone is being sold to countries at the red-hot intersection of a Venn Diagram between “desperately craves the tools of oppression” and “sorely lacks the sophistication to produce them domestically.” Why is it legal? edwardsnowden.substack.com/p…
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4/ Notifying NSO victims is another major step. After @WhatsApp, Apple is the 2nd major company to do so. ✅Helps victims recognize what's going on ✅puts NSO's government customer base on notice: their abuses might be exposed next.
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2/ Apple's lawsuit, filed moments ago in Northern California hits NSO hard. - Seeks to hold NSO & parent accountable for abuses - ALSO Requests permanent injunction banning NSO from using Apple products. Directly hits NSO's core development & biz activities.
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