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Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)


Ongoing news reports in the international media have revealed operational details about the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its international partners' global surveillance of foreign nationals and US citizens. The reports mostly emanate from a cache of top secret documents leaked by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which he obtained whilst working for Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the largest contractors for defense and intelligence in the United States. In addition to a trove of US federal documents, Snowden's cache reportedly contains thousands of Australian, British and Canadian intelligence files that he had accessed via the exclusive "Five Eyes" network. In June 2013, the first of Snowden's documents were published simultaneously by The Washington Post and The Guardian, attracting considerable public attention. The disclosure continued throughout 2013, and a small portion of the estimated full cache of documents was later published by other media outlets worldwide, most notably The New York Times (United States), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Der Spiegel (Germany), O Globo (Brazil), Le Monde (France), L'espresso (Italy), NRC Handelsblad (the Netherlands), Dagbladet (Norway), El País (Spain), and Sveriges Television (Sweden).


Global surveillance programs
Program International contributors and/or partners Commercial partners
United States PRISM
United States XKeyscore
United Kingdom Tempora
United Kingdom MUSCULAR
  • United States NSA
Germany Project 6
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Year Disclosure Size Main source(s) Major publisher(s)
2016 Panama Papers 11.5 million documents "John Doe" Süddeutsche Zeitung, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, Tamedia, Falter, La Nación, NDR, WDR, ORF
2013 Global surveillance disclosure 1.5-1.77 million documents Edward Snowden The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, El País, Le Monde, L'espresso, O Globo, ProPublica, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, NRC Handelsblad, Sveriges Television
2010 U.S. Army and U.S. State Department documents 734,885 files Chelsea Manning The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, El País,

The material consisted of:

  • 1 Collateral Murder video
  • 91,000 Afghan War diary
  • 391,832 Iraq War logs
  • 251,287 confidential US Embassy Cables
  • 765 Gitmo Detainee Assessment Briefs
1971 Pentagon Papers 4,100 pages Daniel Ellsberg The New York Times

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