The National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has welcomed plans by Barack Obama to end the practice of systematically storing Americans telephone data. In a statement through the American Civil Liberties Union, Snowden said the plans outlined by Obama were a turning point . Obama confirmed on Tuesday that the US plans to end the NSA s bulk collection of Americans telephone records, admitting that trust in country s intelligence services had been shaken and pledging to address the concerns of privacy advocates.
Julian Assange is being investigated by Australian police to establish whether he has broken any of the country's laws and is liable to prosecution there, foreign minister Kevin Rudd said today. Washington is furious about WikiLeaks' release of hundreds of its confidential diplomatic cables, which have given unvarnished and sometimes embarrassing insights into the foreign policy of the United States and its allies.