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In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

Schumer Threatens Economic Impact Against Ecuador If NSA Leaker Is Granted Asylum

Schumer issued a threat to the South American nation, warning its trade preferences with the U.S. would be in jeopardy if it allows Snowden in to avoid extradition on charges of espionage and theft of government property.

06/30/2013

In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

Report: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Avoids Extradition, Bound For Ecuador

An Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong believed to be carrying Edward Snowden landed in Moscow. On Sunday afternoon, WikiLeaks said Snowden was going to Ecuador to seek asylum.

06/23/2013

People walk past the front of the New York Stock Exchange Aug. 5, 2011. (credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

General: NSA Spying Led To Foiled Plots Against High Value Targets In NYC

It was an all-out charm offensive Tuesday by Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the NSA, and representatives of the FBI and the Department of Justice to beat back concerns that our government is spying on us, tapping our phone lines and email accounts.

06/18/2013

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Kelly: NSA Surveillance Program Shouldn’t Have Been Made Secret

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday that Americans deserved to know about the fact that the government has been collecting data on phone calls and Internet usage.

06/17/2013

In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

NSA Chief: Phone, Internet Eavesdropping To Protect U.S. Done ‘Lawfully’

The head of the National Security Agency is defending government eavesdropping on the phone and Internet communications of millions of Americans, even as some members of Congress express surprise at the extent of the program.

06/12/2013

A rally in support of Edward Snowden in Union Square - June 10, 2013 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

New Yorkers Come Out In Support Of NSA Whistleblower

A rally was held in Union Square Monday to support the the American intelligence contractor who disclosed U.S. government surveillance programs.

06/10/2013

FILE - A Verizon sign hangs on a store in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Source Who Leaked NSA Phone Surveillance Information Identified

A new twist has appeared in the controversy over a secret government program tracking the phone calls and Internet habits of millions of Americans.

06/09/2013

Najibullah Zazi arrives at the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building - Denver, CO - Sep 17, 2009 - Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Intelligence Official: Phone Records Tracking Helped Foil Subway Bomb Plot

A senior U.S. intelligence official has said the secret program that tracked hundreds of millions of domestic phone records helped disrupt a 2009 terror plot to bomb the New York City subways.

06/08/2013

FILE - A Verizon sign hangs on a store in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Report: National Security Agency Gets Phone Records Of Verizon Customers

The order requires Verizon, one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies, on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.

06/06/2013