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OSLO, November 18. (ITAR-TASS) The most eye-opening leaks pertaining to the United States National Security Agency are yet to come, Edward Snowden’s father told Verdens Gang, Norwegian newspaper. The daily notes that Lon Snowden, father of the former NSA contractor, believes that the story which began to unravel half a year ago when Edward started publishing confidential internal documents of the American intelligence agency is still far from being over.
Edward Snowden, 30, who is charged with leaking secret data about the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) global surveillance programme, was granted a temporary asylum in Russia after over a month in Sheremetyevo airport’s transit limbo.
The beginning of June 2013 saw the start of what would soon prove a high-profile row over mass surveillance disclosures by a former employee of the United States’ CIA. The first documents that Snowden shared with the dailies The Washington Post and The Guardian hit the headlines on June 6. They contained details of spying by US government agencies on world web users. According to the published documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had for many years been collecting data about all phone calls by the users of such telecommunication giants in the United States as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint Nextel and also had access to the servers of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Skype, Youtube, Paltalk, AOL, and Apple. According to media reports the secret services were using super-secret computer software codenamed PRISM to collect audio and video files, photographs, e-mail correspondence, documents and data concerning users’ connections and the sites visited.
Other documents made public in June that Snowden had provided concerned plans by the NSA and the US Cyber Command for drawing up a map of potential targets for cyberatacks in other countries. Snowden told the Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post in an interview US cyber intelligence was gathering computer information in Hong Kong and China