NSA Leaker Edward Snowden is defending leaking top-secret documents on U.S. surveillance programs. He says the calls for reforms to the National Security Agency prove his leaking was justified.
In an article titled, "A Manifesto for the Truth" in the German magazine Der Spiegel, Snowden writes in part, "Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public. Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime."
OutFront: Bob Baer, CNN National Security Analyst and Former CIA operative and Ray McGovern is a former CIA analyst.
Edward Snowden attorney may be back online. According to his attorney, the former NSA contractor who leaked some of America's most secretive surveillance programs is about to start working for a major Russian website.
The U.S. has charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property but has been unable to arrest him after he was granted asylum in Russia.
OutFront: Former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente.
Britain's Guardian newspaper is reporting that the National Security Agency routinely monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders.
According to classified documents released by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, senior officials in the State and Defense departments were encouraged to turn over their "rolodexes" of contacts to help its monitoring efforts.
The NSA is not commenting.
Germany's Angela Merkel is the latest world leader to come forward and accuse the U.S. of spying. She says the U.S. government is bugging her cell phone.
OutFront: Bob Baer. He's a CNN National Security Analyst and a Former CIA operative.
Edward Snowden, the man responsible for leaking top-secret intelligence is actually being honored by four former U.S. officials.
They traveled to Moscow, where Snowden has been hiding since August to give him the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.
But Snowden is still wanted by the U.S. government.
Outfront: Former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. You recall her cover was notoriously blown in 2003 by a member of the Bush administration.
She's the author of the new book, "Blowback."
There are new revelations that the National Security Agency has been routinely breaking privacy rules.
An internal audit and other top secret documents, obtained by the Washington Post , found the spy agency racked up thousands of violations last year.
The NSA audit, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications.
This news coming just days after President Obama assured the public the NSA is not interested in spying on ordinary people.
OutFront Radio show hosts Michael Medved, Stephanie Miller, and James Bamford, author of "The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA From 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America."