The Face of New Media Espionage

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In late 2012, Edward Snowden started out on his ill-famed journey towards becoming the US top whistle-blower. He had initially contacted a reporter at a dependable news outlet, but for some reasons though their friendship failed to blossom. Thus, he turned to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras who had experience in leaking restricted information having worked with past whistle-blower William Binney. By May 2013, Edward’s Snowden’s earliest articles about the US National Security Agency (NSA) were published where he divulged details of highly-classified U.S. spy programs including the NSA call database. Five months later, Snowden’s revelations had strained relationship between the US and its top allies including Britain, Germany, France, and the rest of the world.
Perhaps, more controversy surrounded allegations that the NSA bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone since 2002- over a period of ten years. Though not clear whether the NSA only recorded phone conversations or went much further, what is known is that the NSA tapped lines of communication in the German government with futuristic surveillance devices. This discovery made realisable by Snowden’s action sparked outrage amongst the German populace who viewed it mostly as an act of disrespect. For one, the German Chancellor herself replied saying, “spying among friends does not work.”
The director of the NSA Army General Keith Alexander responded claiming that high-tech spying had helped to thwart about fifty would-be terrorist plots since the September 11, 2001 attack. Two particularly instances cited by the where U.S. wire-tapping had helped to save countless lives included foiling of an attempt against the New York Stock Exchange and another involving s...

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...gree with David Rothkopf who wrote for CNN that “such ignorance beggars the imagination.” Perchance, this saga was another ploy by the world giant to ensure it remained superior in terms of military technology, economic and financial ranking- such appalling and selfish act.
As an afterthought, I am convinced our beloved country will benefit largely from high-tech surveillance programs identical to the ones employed by the US; given the many facets of insecurity within and without; in particular the Northern insurgent group “Boko Haram.” However, we can all guess how it will end if such technology is deployed- some megalomaniac politicians will use it for private gain and with calamitous consequences.
Yet in time as additional evidence continue to emerge concerning the depth of the US spy activities, I will update you more and more on this column.
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