Under growing pressure over recently disclosed surveillance programs, the head of the National Security Agency told lawmakers on Tuesday that gathering telephone data and monitoring Internet use has helped to disrupt more than 50 "potential terrorist events" since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
They don't make many power couples like this: He's a self-proclaimed whistle blower, the focus of international headlines and Obama administration ire. She describes herself as a "world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero."
Edward Joseph Snowden, the government contractor who revealed the National Security Agency's massive telephone- and Internet-surveillance program, has left few public clues about his life growing up in Crofton and Ellicott City
By By Jean Marbella, Shashank Bengali and David S. Cloud and Tribune Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Leaks about secret National Security Agency surveillance programs made by an intelligence contractor reopened a debate Monday over how much the government relies on companies for spy work and whether the firms must do more to vet employees and protect classified information.
In its broad outlines, the case of Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old intelligence contractor who last week revealed the existence of two top secret National Security Agency eavesdropping programs, hews closely to the contours set by Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
The Guardian newspaper has identified a 29-year-old man who once lived in Maryland as the source of the top secret documents that revealed details of two National Security Agency surveillance programs that have revived debate of the agency's reach into the private lives of Americans.