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‘F**k it, I quit’ – Alaska TV reporter resigns on air to fight for marijuana legalization (VIDEO)

‘F**k it, I quit’ – Alaska TV reporter resigns on air to fight for marijuana legalization (VIDEO)

A former television reporter for an Anchorage, Alaska CBS News affiliate is for once making headlines instead of reading them announcing her resignation Sunday evening by saying live on air: “Fuck it, I quit.” Charlo Greene’s unexpected sign-off came seconds after she finished playing her audience a report concerning the Alaska Cannabis Club — an […]

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Obama administration ‘blocking’ information from the press – AP

Uncovering information that should be available to the public has become increasingly difficult under the presidency of Barack Obama, an Associated Press bureau chief says. In some cases, it surpasses the secrecy of the George W. Bush administration. The White House’s penchant for secrecy does not just apply to the federal government, according to AP’s […]

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

Write wrongs! Over 500 world-famous authors sign anti-surveillance petition

More than 500 renowned authors – including five Nobel laureates – from across the globe have signed a petition demanding an end to ‘mass surveillance’. It follows the revelations over the last few months of the US and other countries spying. Their open appeal is called ‘A Stand for Democracy in the Digital Age’. Among […]

NSA spied on phones of 35 world leaders

NSA spied on phones of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on hundreds of phone numbers belonging to dozens of world leaders, newly leaked documents supplied by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden reveal. Britain’s Guardian newspaper wrote Thursday that a classified memo provided to them by Snowden suggests that the NSA encouraged officials within the United States government and intelligence community […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic – report

NSA has ability to read 75% of all US internet traffic – report

Newly unveiled National Security Agency programs detail how the US government has the ability to monitor approximately 75 per cent of American internet traffic, and further discloses how telecommunications companies are compelled to provide such data. The programs – known as Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew – are able to monitor the writing of […]

WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

WikiLeaks has released a trove of encrypted “insurance” data on Twitter and Facebook. The data can’t be read without an encryption key, but the movement’s supporters say that could be published later in case anything happens to leading WikiLeaks figures. The whistleblowing organization published links for a massive 400 gigabytes worth of encrypted data it described as “insurance […]

VERNUCCIO/ALLISON REPORT

VERNUCCIO/ALLISON REPORT

There should be an immediate and significant change in the way participants in White House press conferences are chosen. It’s time an unfortunate truth was faced:  the White House Press Corps has done a poor job of covering the current Chief Executive. On the other hand, a number of non-traditional news outlets have discussed how […]

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Moscow says security agency FSB is in talks with the FBI over Snowden. But the whistleblower will not be extradited to the US, a Kremlin spokesman said, adding he’s sure the fugitive NSA contractor will stop harming Washington if granted asylum in Russia. “Russia has never extradited anyone, and will not extradite,” said Vladimir Putin’s […]

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