Conspiracy: 8 Far-Fetched Theories That Turned Out To Be True
Conspiracy: 8 Far-Fetched Theories That Turned Out To Be True

Conspiracy: 8 Far-Fetched Theories That Turned Out To Be True

John killerlane - October 26, 2017

Conspiracy: 8 Far-Fetched Theories That Turned Out To Be True
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In 2013 it was revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) was conducting a “Big Brother” style surveillance programme of millions of Americans. The revelations came following the leaking of thousands of top-secret documents to the media by former operative Edward Snowden. The Washington Post revealed that the NSA had tapped directly into the servers of nine internet companies including, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo to monitor the online communication activities of millions of Americans.

In June 2013, the British newspaper, The Guardian published a secret court order directing telecommunications company Verizon to supply the NSA with all of its telephone records on an “ongoing daily basis.” In January 2014 the British media revealed that the NSA programme known as “Dishfire” involved the collection and analysis of 200 million text messages worldwide per day. Snowden, who had previously worked at the CIA, had been hired by NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton in 2013.

By early June of that year, Snowden had copied and leaked tens of thousands of classified documents to journalists Glen Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, and documentary-maker Laura Poitras. In June The Guardian and the Washington Post subsequently broke the story. Der Spiegel and The New York Times later published further stories regarding the controversy. At his own request, Snowden asked The Guardian to reveal that he was behind the leaked documents because he felt that he had “done nothing wrong” and he also wanted to protect former colleagues from being suspected and investigated.

On June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice opened charges against Snowden, including two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property. Snowden is facing charges of “unauthorized communication of national defense information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence.” He is currently receiving asylum from the Russian government. He has been lauded as a hero and a whistle-blower, while others have accused him of being a traitor.

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