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Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the U.S. National Security Agency, and even said he envies President Barack Obama in light of the NSA revelations “because he can get away with it.”  (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin: I Envy Obama In Light Of NSA Revelations ‘Because He Can Get Away With It’

Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the US National Security Agency, and even said he envies President Obama in light of the NSA revelations “because he can get away with it.”

12/19/2013

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Judge: ‘Very Real Prospect’ NSA Program Could Go On Forever

Richard Leon, the judge who declared that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is likely unconstitutional, has a long record of taking on executive branch actions.

12/17/2013

In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. (credit: The Guardian via Getty Images)

White House: We Will Not Offer Amnesty To Snowden

During a press briefing, White House spokesperson Jay Carney denied rumors regarding the potential for amnesty to be offered to former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

12/16/2013

Bombings, Shutdowns And A New Pope: Top News Stories Of 2013

From the rise of a rock-star pope, to the unfathomable bombing that rocked a marathon, we lived and breathed events that would forever alter the course of history. Here at CBS Local, here’s a list […]

12/11/2013

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Big Tech Companies Lash Out at Government Snooping

Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood.

12/09/2013

The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday that his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied that the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.  (Photo credit should read EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Guardian: We’ve Only Published 1 Percent Of Snowden Leaks

The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday that his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied that the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.

12/03/2013

File photo of DC Metro bus, (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Organization Funds ‘Thank You’ Messages to Edward Snowden on D.C. Bus

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund plans to put the message “Thank you Edward Snowden!” on the D.C. buses.

11/21/2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the relationship between Germany and the United States as well as the future of a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement have been "put on test" by allegations of massive spying by the U.S. National Security Agency. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Merkel: Trust With U.S. Needs To Be Rebuilt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the relationship between Germany and the United States as well as the future of a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement have been “put on test” by allegations of massive spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.

11/18/2013

A majority of Americans say that the technological developments of the next 50 years will have a positive impact on society, with 59 percent holding an “optimistic” view of various future tech advances ranging from positive to downright pervasive. (credit: Patrick Lux/Getty Images)

Report: Government Spying Causing Self-Censorship, Privacy Fears Among US Writers

Nearly three-quarters of American writers (73 percent) say they “have never been as worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press as they are today.”

11/12/2013

Former Vice President Al Gore speaks about climate change during the Fourth Annual Rhode Island Energy and Environmental Leaders Day at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2013. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Gore: Snowden Leaks Revealed ‘Crimes Against the Constitution’

Former Vice-President Al Gore said Tuesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden has leaked information regarding massive secret government surveillance programs that “appears to be crimes against the Constitution.”

11/07/2013

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