The Pulitzer Board has awarded the prestigious Public Service award to the Guardian and Washington Post for their reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations. The decision, which had reportedly been the subject of some controversy among the 19-member Prize Board, echoes 1972 prize, given to the New York Post for reporting the Pentagon Papers.
Four video clips of Edward Snowden meeting German parliamentarian Hans-Christian Stroebele have just been released by WikiLeaks.
Green Party MP Stroebele is a member of the parliamentary committee that oversees German intelligence. He met Edward Snowden in Moscow on 30 October with an invitation to give testimony about the work of US intelligence agencies in Germany. At the meeting, Edward Snowden signed a letter stating that he would be happy to give evidence to such an enquiry, should circumstances permit.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called US President Obama on 23 October 2013, demanding an explanation of evidence that US intelligence agencies had tapped her mobile phone.
Merkel made it clear that, should these indications turn out to be true, she “unequivocally disapproves” of such methods and finds them “totally unacceptable” her spokesman Steffen Seibert said. “This would be a grave breach of trust,” he added. “Such practices must immediately be put to a stop.”
The White House has responded by stating: “The United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel,” refusing to comment on the past tense of the same statement.
The NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division was able to exploit a key mail server in the Mexican Presidencia domain in May 2010 to gain access to the President’s public email account in an operation codenamed Flatliquid. Documents published recently have also shown that Brazilian politicians were also a target for the NSA. According to Der Spiegel, the targeting of the Brazilian and Mexican Presidents were not isolated incidents, as Brazil and Mexico were both ranked high among US surveillance priorities.
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