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Snowden Hits Back Against Critics of NSA Leaks (Reuters)
The former National Security Agency contractor who revealed the U.S. government’s top-secret monitoring of Americans’ phone and Internet data fought back against his critics on Monday, saying the government’s “litany of lies” about the programs compelled him to act. Edward Snowden told an online forum run by Britain’s Guardian newspaper that he considered it an honor to be called a traitor by people like former Vice President Dick Cheney, and he urged President Barack Obama to “return to sanity” and roll back the surveillance effort. HuffPost A reader asked Snowden for his thoughts on the media debate around him. “Initially I was very encouraged,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, the mainstream media now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicionless surveillance in human history.” Medium / Joshua Foust The reporting on Snowden has been dreadful. Is there a way to make it better? Two weeks ago, when The Guardian first leaked a Verizon court order to hand over its call metadata, a national debate began about privacy and security. THR Director Oliver Stone brought thunderous applause to a crowd of more than 500 festivalgoers at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival in China on Monday when he praised Snowden as a “hero.” The Guardian Defense officials issued a confidential D notice to the BBC and other media groups in an attempt to censor coverage of surveillance tactics employed by intelligence agencies in the UK and US. Editors were asked not to publish information that may “jeopardize both national security and possibly UK personnel” in the warning issued on June 7.

Instagram Video Invites Ads Speculation, Puts Vine on Notice (Adweek)
The possibilities surrounding Instagram implementing a Vine-like video feature had the tech world abuzz Monday, after TechCrunch reported the popular mobile app’s parent, Facebook, would unveil the move on Thursday. For the marketing-minded, the development creates at least a couple of huge questions. As digital video continues to gain momentum, will a steady stream of user-generated video become the impetus for Facebook implementing ads on Instagram? The online model is certainly proven with YouTube. And will Instagram videos kill Vine — just as it’s gaining traction with brands? TechCrunch We’ve been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos. Call it the Vine effect. AllFacebook Facebook will introduce a new product Thursday, but what will it be? Early speculation has focused on two completely unrelated products, both of which have been bandied about recently: a video-sharing service for Instagram, or a reader for RSS feeds.

MSNBC.com Hires Irin Carmon, Timothy Noah And Others (NY Observer)
MSNBC.com is seemingly on a hiring spree as they gear up to relaunch the website later this year. Monday, the network announced that it has hired two more reporters — Irin Carmon and Timothy Noah — and a new social media editor, Nisha Chittal. TVNewser From Richard Wolffe, vice president and executive editor of MSNBC.com: “We’re continuing to build an outstanding digital team of writers and editors at MSNBC, and we’re excited to announce our latest additions, ahead of our launch later this year.”