Not so very long ago an obscure network of hackers, programmers, activists and journalists had a brilliant idea. They would set up a website on which (...)

Heroes or anarchists? supporters of Bradley Manning protesting outside the White House this week. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Henry Vanderwater was an army private in the Union-occupied town of Alexandria, Virginia, during the American Civil War, charged with defending the se(...)

US whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Russian  refugee documents.  Photograph: Reuters/Rossiya 24

The White House said it was “extremely disappointed” with Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, castin(...)

Bradley Manning is escorted from the courthouse at Fort Meade. Photograph: Patrick Semansky

Attorney David Coombs emerged from the military court, relieved and emotional, to cheers from supporters. Many wore black T-shirts emblazoned with the(...)

 Edward Snowden attends a press conference at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina

US whistleblower Edward Snowden yesterday accused the US of waging a campaign of “historically disproportionate aggression” against him during an ex(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a US defence contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in June.  Venezuela and Bolivia have offered Mr  Snowden asylum. Photograph: Reuters

A senior member of the Russian parliament said last night that political asylum in Venezuela would be “the best solution” for Edward Snowden, the fo(...)

Vladimir Putin said Edward Snowden must quit hurting US interests if he wants to remain in Russia, after the American sought asylum. Photograph:  REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin.

Edward Snowden has withdrawn his Russian asylum request because of the demand that he stop harming US interests by leaking secret documents as countri(...)

A TV screen in a St Petersburg pool hall shows former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden during a news bulletin. Photograph: Alexander Demianchuk/The Irish Times

The White House has called on Russia to expel former government contractor Edward Snowden without delay, saying Moscow has a “clear legal basis” for h(...)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The United States was concerned in 1973 that Ireland could become “one of the more difficult” members of the European Community for it to deal (...)