Das Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive listet alle durch den ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiter Edward Snowden geleakten Dokumente. Die umfangreiche Sammlung von Dokumenten, Pressemitteilungen, Erläuterungen und einem Glossar richtet sich an Bürger, Wissenschaftler und Journalisten, um ein besseres Verständnis der staatlichen Überwachungsmethoden und -programme zu gewährleisten.
Zudem soll das Snowden Archive das Bewusstsein für die tiefgreifenden Auswirkungen der globalen Überwachungsinfrastrukturen und -praktiken nachhaltig schärfen.
This Archive is a complete collection of all documents that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked in June 2013 to journalists Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, and subsequently were published by news media, such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Speigel [sic], Le Monde, El Mundo and The Intercept. The leaked documents and their coverage have raised significant public concerns and had a major impact upon intelligence policy debates internationally over issues of freedom of expression, privacy, national security and democratic governance more broadly.
The Archive also contains some documents that the U.S. Government has published which are helpful in understanding the leaked documents. The Archive does not contain any documents that have not already been published in other sources.
The approximately 400 documents currently in the Archive are a small fraction of the estimated 50,000 documents Snowden turned over. Most of these will likely not be published, but as new documents are published, they will be added to the Archive.
The curators of the Archive have no special access to documents that are not already in the public domain. Redactions that occur in the documents have been performed either by government classifiers, or by the media outlets that first published the documents.