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Activists in New York's Union Square braved pouring rain and wind to demonstrate their support for Edward Snowden, who is reportedly the source for explosive revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) routinely monitors virtually all personal electronic communications in the United States. The Obama administration is expected to seek criminal charges against Snowden but the issue has the potential to turn into a major crisis for the scandal-plagued White House.

Edward Snowden’s decision to come forward as the über-leaker behind the latest government abuse scandal has made him into a modern antihero. He and Bradley Manning are shattering traditional concepts of patriotism, loyalty, even legality. A TV series can’t be far behind. Read more»

Individuals attending a demonstration organized by hacker collective Anonymous in Los Angeles, February, 2008.

Are activists like Aaron Swartz committing civil disobedience, or online crimes? We break down a few strategies of “hacktivism” to see what is considered criminal under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read more» 1

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, taking refuge in Ecuador's London embassy to the U.K., spoke to the media Sunday. Read more»

A demonstrator holds signs of Bradley Manning in Manhattan, Kan., on  Dec. 17 when rallies were held around the country to show support for the Army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Bradley Manning, the Army private facing life in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, deferred making a plea at his arraignment at Fort Meade on Thursday. Read more»

Supporters of Bradley Manning march in San Francisco on Dec. 17.

Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking information to WikiLeaks, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the group The Movement of the Icelandic Parliament. Read more»

A sticker used by supporters of Pvt. Bradley Manning.

Pvt. Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army analyst accused of giving Wikileaks founder Julian Assange hundreds of classified documents, has been recommended to stand trial before a court martial Read more» 1

Bradley Manning was in court in Maryland for a pre-trial hearing Friday, the first time he has appeared in public since his arrest in 2010. The U.S. Army analyst, 23, is accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential U.S. documents to WikiLeaks whistleblowers. Read more»

Wikileaks Editor in Chief Julian Assange

After a 72-hour build up that would have been the envy of any professional publicist, the latest trove of secret documents from Wikileaks has washed up in Europe. So far the impact has been negligible. Read more»