These undated heat maps show the number of pieces of communications data the NSA gathers per country in a particular 30 day period, divided into telephony (DNR) and internet (DNI) metadata. Details in the second map refer to a period in January 2013 and third to a period ending in February the same year: see the Guardian article Boundless Informant: the NSA’s secret tool to track global surveillance data, 11 June 2013, the Der Spiegel article How the NSA Targets Germany and Europe, 1 July 2013, the O Globo article Espionagem dos EUA se espalhou pela América Latina, 9 July 2013, the book No Place To Hide, 13 May 2014 and the Der Spiegel article Spying Together: Germany’s Deep Cooperation with the NSA, 18 June 2014.
Announced on 7 April 2014, awarded on 30 April 2014
Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras were named as joint winners of the 2014 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling on 7 April 2014. The awards committee explained that “We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their efforts to expose the NSA’s illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the communications of millions of people living in the United States. Their act of courage was undertaken at great personal risk and has sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance in a country where privacy is considered a constitutionally-protected right.”
Both winners spoke at the Ridenhour awards ceremony on 30 April 2014, by video link from Moscow and Berlin respectively, in a discussion moderated by James Bamford. Footage follows below, along with a full transcript.