Utah Data Center

♦ Laura Poitras tells Salon how she first made contact with Edward Snowden and as says there is more footage coming.
♦ Seymour Hersh’s 2006 report on the debate within the intelligence community about the NSA’s gathering of telephone metadata is well worth a read in light of the recent NSA leaks. We also recommend Wired magazine’s 2012 report on the Utah Data Center – “A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyse, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.”
♦ Child boxing in Thailand is a tradition with a long history, but it has brought the ire of human rights activists.
♦ Michalis G. Sallas, the banker at the helm of Pireaus, capitalised on Cyprus’s banking disaster and bought up the Greek units of the island’s three biggest financial institutions – some say he should be hailed for his entrepreneurial expertise, while others say he has pushed the boundaries of banking too far.  Read more