NSA Whistleblower ‘Disappears’ In Hong Kong

NSA Whistleblower 'Disappears' In Hong KongAn ex-CIA employee who leaked details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance has disappeared from his hotel in Hong Kong. Edward Snowden, 29, checked out from his hotel on Monday. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is believed to be still in Hong Kong.

‘Criminal matter’

Earlier, he said he had an “obligation to help free people from oppression”. It emerged last week that US agencies were gathering millions of phone records and monitoring internet data. A spokesman for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the case had been referred to the Department of Justice as a criminal matter.

Meanwhile a petition posted on the White House website, calling for Mr Snowden’s immediate pardon, has gathered more than 30,000 signatures. However an opinion poll commissioned by the Washington Post suggests a majority of Americans think government monitoring of phone records is acceptable if the aim is to fight terrorism.

‘Prism’

Mr Snowden was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the UK’s Guardian newspaper. His revelations have caused transatlantic political fallout, amid allegations that the UK’s electronic surveillance agency, GCHQ, used the US system to snoop on British citizens. Foreign Secretary William Hague cancelled a trip to Washington to address the UK parliament on Monday and deny the claims.

On Thursday, the Washington Post and Guardian said the NSA tapped directly into the servers of nine internet firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to track online communication in a programme known as Prism. All the internet companies deny giving the US government access to their servers. Prism is said to give the NSA and FBI access to emails, web chats and other communications directly from the servers of major US internet companies.

Are you in favor of using the government collecting phone and internet records? Do you think Edward Snowden will be jailed for the information he leaked out?

Source: BBC News

Image: The Raw Story

Woman Dumps Boyfriend By Writing ‘Best Break-Up Letter Ever’

Woman Dumps Boyfriend By Writing 'Best Break-Up Letter Ever'What’s scarier than a really nasty break-up note? A really nice break-up note. You better watch your back if you get caught cheating and then receive a Dear John letter that opens: “Hey Honey!”

‘Love or blood?’

On Friday, a Redditor posted a photograph of one such letter, and it’s since gone viral, having received more than 1 million page views as of Monday morning.

So far, no one has been able to prove the veracity of the missive, but it’s dripping with realistic-sounding acid under a candy-sweet veneer of hearts and smiley emoticons. And is that red pen supposed to be the color of love or blood?


‘Happy hunting’

“Guess who left his Facebook open on the computer and got a message from Kelsi? Yeah! You did!” The writer goes on to say she’s made a superfun game out of ditching his belongings—”since I know you like looking for other things, (like other girls!)— and provides clues to where the philanderer might find his stuff. She adds, “Oh, and while I didn’t break or damage anything, I can’t guarantee anybody else won’t find it.” It closes, “Happy Hunting!”

What do you think of this break-up letter — creative or downright scary? Would you do this to dump a cheating lover?

Source: Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo News

Image: Mid Day