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NSA Whistleblower Revealed

Edward Snowden, 29, a contractor for the National Security Agency, says he's behind the leak of information on the NSA's surveillance program. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who broke the story of the leak and of Snowden's identity, offers his insight.

Newspaper Reveals Source For NSA Surveillance Stories

The Guardian says a former technical adviser for the CIA who now works for a defense and technology consultancy is responsible for the leaks.

Bush-Era NSA Chief Defends PRISM, Phone Metadata Collection

Gen. Michael Hayden tells NPR that the NSA's surveillance activities are "perfectly legal" and a good balance between security and privacy.

Chinese Cyber-Hacking Discussed At Obama-Xi Summit

During their two days of talks in California, the leaders reportedly enjoyed "unique, positive and constructive" discussions and forged broad agreement on North Korea.

The Latest On The NSA Surveillance Story

The National Security Agency has reportedly asked for a criminal inquiry into leaks of classified information as Britain's Foreign Secretary defends cooperation with U.S. intelligence activities.

NSA Director Denies Data Mining

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about National Intelligence Director James Clapper's statement that NSA surveillance is "fully debated and authorized by Congress."

Watchdog Agency Could Keep NSA In Check, Once It Gets Going

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is tasked with making sure that secret government surveillance programs aren't abused. It was created in 2004, but still doesn't even have a website or email.