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Edward Snowden wins Winston Award

Awarded on 16 December 2014

Edward Snowden has been given this year’s Winston award by Dutch NGO Bits of Freedom “for his contribution to promoting the right to privacy and his invaluable influence on the privacy debate.” The prize was awarded at the group’s annual Big Brother Awards in Amsterdam at which Edward Snowden spoke by video link.

In his comments, Edward Snowden referred to proposed Dutch legislation that would provide new expansive authorities for cable interception.

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Capability Provided to Dutch Assists in Capture of Somali Pirates and Mapping of Piracy-Related Network

This extract from an NSA briefing document dated 25 January 2013 – framed as an example of how to write up such reports from the agency’s Foreign Affairs Division (FAD) – describes how The Netherlands’ MIVD sought to cover a gap in the NSA’s signals intelligence capability: see the NRC Handelsblad article The secret role of the Dutch in the American war on terror, 5 March 2014.

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