On 1 April 2015, Barack Obama signed into law an Executive Order “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities”
Media reports speculated that the new powers granted by this Executive Order would enable executive authorities to confiscate cryptocurrency holdings and even prohibit donations to Edward Snowden’s defence fund.
On Monday, 15 September, the Intercept published an op-ed by Edward Snowden in which he supported the revelation that New Zealand has implemented a system of mass surveillance, drawing on his own personal experience of using XKeyScore as an analyst.
The reliability of Prime Minister John Key’s statements on the status of domestic surveillance in New Zealand, a Five Eyes partner, has become a live issue in that country’s parliamentary election, which will be held on Saturday 20 September. In his latest statement, John Key has admitted that Edward Snowden “may well be right” about the availability New Zealand citizens’ information in XKeyScore.
This NSA wiki page details “the start of an international effort to focus the legal element of national power upon non-state actor [WikiLeaks editor Julian] Assange, and the human network that supports WikiLeaks”: see the Intercept article: Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters, 18 February 2014.