Keyword: Edward Snowden

French FM says 'no reason' to reconsider Snowden asylum request

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said there is not 'any reason' for France to reconsider its decision in 2013 to deny asylum to former US intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, in contrast to his justice minister colleague who said she was favourable towards Snowden's comments in an interview from Moscow, where he lives with his wife in exile, that 'we would love' to be given an offer of asylum by President Emmanuel Macron.

Edward Snowden says 'would love' to be granted asylum in France

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who revealed details of invasive secret surveillance programmes by US intelligence agencies and who has been exiled in Russia for six years to escape arrest in the US, said in an interview with French radio on Monday that he had applied for asylum in France in 2013 and 'would love to see Macron roll out an invitation', adding 'protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act'. 

First they came for Assange...

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A demonstration in supporrt of Julian Assange held in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on October 31st 2018. © Reuters A demonstration in supporrt of Julian Assange held in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on October 31st 2018. © Reuters

The fate of Julian Assange, just like that of Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden, represents a far bigger issue than that of him as an individual, writes Mediapart’s publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this opinion article. Whatever Assange’s personal faults or mistakes, he argues, the move for his extradition to the US is about making an example of him to others because he had the audacity to challenge the powers that be with the weapon of the right to know.

President Hollande rejects French asylum for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

In an open letter to the French president on Friday the founder of WikiLeaks, Julain Assange, made an apparent appeal for political asylum in France. Assange, whose whistleblowing organisation was behind the recent revelations published by Mediapart and Libération about US spying on French heads of state, said that he faced “political persecution” and that his life was “in danger”. However, within an hour of the publication of the open letter President Hollande's office issued a brusque statement rejecting asylum for Assange, who has spent three years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to escape extradition to Sweden. As Lénaïg Bredoux, Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report, the episode quickly stirred up a row and will inevitably reignite the debate about how far France should be prepared to go in welcoming whistleblowers such as Assange and the former National Security Agency (NSA) employee Edward Snowden.

France could offer asylum to whistleblowers Snowden and Assange, says minister

France's justice minister Christiane Taubira said she 'wouldn't be surprised' if WikiLeaks founder and NSA whistleblower were granted asylum.

France 'should give Snowden asylum' urges petition

Prominent figures including a former prime minister have backed calls for the American whistleblower to be given refuge by French government.

Orange 'shares data with French intelligence agency'

Newspaper report suggests the former state-owned French telecoms giant has been sharing information with security services for many years.

The fearsome weapon that gives the NSA access to the heart of the internet

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President Barack Obama last week announced the introduction of curbs on the use made by US intelligence agencies of communications data they have collected from private individuals, government leaders and organisations around the world. Obama’s move was denounced by civil rights defenders as a weak and minimal response to the unbridled mass espionage practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), revealed to the media by its former contractor Edward Snowden. Among the most startling of these was the recent revelation that the NSA had successfully infiltrated a submarine civil communications cable that runs from France to the Far East, in which it planted a virtually undetectable parallel network to spy on the traffic that passes through it. French telecoms giant Orange, part of the consortium that uses the cable, has told Mediapart it will this month file legal action over the hacking, opening the path for a judicial investigation that could have major political and diplomatic consequences. As Jérôme Hourdeaux reports, the technique used by the NSA to attack the cable is one of the most fearsome mass espionage systems yet uncovered.

'France spied on me', claims Madeleine Albright

Former US Secretary of State says she discovered the eavesdroppingon after French diplomat referred to confidential conversation.

Former French intelligence chief says France also spies on US

Bernard Squarcini, once boss of France’s counter-espionage and counter-terrorism agency, said allied countries 'spy on each other all the time'.

US spy chief denies French phone surveillance report

US intelligence chief James Clapper denies reports that US spies recorded data from 70 million phone calls in France in a single 30-day period.

US-France row deepens with 'NSA spied on French diplomats' report

The US National Security Agency spied on French diplomats in Washington and at the UN, according to latest claims by French daily Le Monde.

Paris demands explanation from US over NSA surveillance in France

The French government summons the US ambassador in Paris over claims of widespread phone surveillance of French citizens by NSA.

Against the ‘state of exception’, the crucial battle to save freedom of information

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The game of diplomatic bluff played out in the row between the Unites States and Russia over the asylum offered to former NSA computer analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden disguises an essential issue that concerns all of us, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. That issue, he argues here, is how a ‘state of exception’, symbolized by the US Patriot Act and which cites supposed security concerns above the just rule of law, is surreptitiously extending its already vast power amid hitherto widespread indifference. A battle is on to force its retreat, and it is being fought here, on the internet.

French parties call for Snowden political asylum

Leaders from across political spectrum say whistleblower should be given refuge in France as president calls for US spying to stop 'immediately'..