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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A rally was held in Union Square Monday to support the the American intelligence contractor who disclosed U.S. government surveillance programs.
A new twist has appeared in the controversy over a secret government program tracking the phone calls and Internet habits of millions of Americans.
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.
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.