Ed Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and the Electronic Frontier Foundation tout Tor as an encryption system to protect your privacy on the internet. Pando’s scrappy investigative reporter Yasha Levine returns to explain the origins and funding of Tor. Developed by the Naval Research Lab and DARPA, its main clients are in the intelligence community, and Levine explains the need to draw other users to the system so the spies don’t stand out. Tor is not fully immune from NSA snooping, and Levine reports that in 2004, the project was handed over to EFF. Tor is now a stand-alone nonprofit that gets funding that appears to be laundered through the State Department’s Internews arm. Levine reveals that Ed Snowden, who was running Tor servers in Hawaii, compromised his own anonymity just months before he contacted Greenwald, by requesting Tor stickers to share with his co-workers.
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