It’s been a few weeks since issues of mass surveillance have been at the center of discussion in the judiciary and legislature; here is a round up of some major news and events that have come to light in the mean time.

The Council of Europe, the self-proclaimed “democratic conscience of Greater Europe,” urged the United States on Tuesday to allow NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to return home and make the case that his actions had positive effects.

Council of Europe Calls on U.S. to Let Snowden Have a Fair Trial
The Intercept


“The war on whistleblowers has injected fear of prosecution into all honest communications between national security officials and reporters, meaning that the public instead gets a steady diet of U.S. government lies, propaganda and self-serving rhetoric…”

War on Whistleblowers, After Obama
Consortium News


“If few are surprised that Washington is spying on Paris, many will be shocked by the scale of US surveillance of the French government. The leaked documents show that it was not just successive presidents who were targeted, but ministers, officials and diplomats at every level.”

A dangerous game being played on espionage fronts
Irish Times