Category: BREAKING NEWS

Germany not satisfied with US assurances over NSA spying

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The chancellor of Germany spoke alongside United States President Barack Obama on Friday about the National Security Agency's surveillance practices for the first time in the US since she voiced concerns last year about leaked NSA operations. A joint news conference Friday afternoon at the White House Rose Garden in downtown Washington, DC between the

Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

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The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama. In a letter to members of a parliamentary committee obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung, government officials say a personal invitation

New NSA chief Michael Rogers: Agency has lost Americans’ trust

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The NSA has lost the trust of the American people as a result of the Edward Snowden leaks, and needs to be more transparent to gain it back, the NSA’s new director said Wednesday in his first public comments since taking control of the embattled spy agency. “I tell the [NSA] workforce out there as

Russian sanctions, NSA spying top the agenda at Merkel’s White House visit

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Germany’s Chancellor Merkel is in the White House for the first time since it was revealed the NSA monitored her personal communications. During bilateral talks with Barack Obama, Merkel is expected to broach sanctions on Russia and US spying. Relations between Washington and Berlin are showing signs of tensions, as German companies call for a

Brazil Passed On Boeing For $4.5 Billion Fighter Jet Deal Because Of Concerns Over NSA Surveillance

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We've pointed out a few times now, how the NSA seems unable to do basic cost-benefit analysis on its widespread surveillance. The NSA still seems to think that its surveillance is "costless" (perhaps beyond the $70 billion or so from taxpayers). However, as we've pointed out time and time again, distrust in US businesses thanks

New EU sanctions target Russia army, intelligence chiefs

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Brussels:  Russia's armed forces chief of staff and its military intelligence chief were among 15 people listed on Tuesday as targeted by the European Union's latest sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. General Valery Gerasimov, army chief and the country's deputy defence minister, was named in the EU's official journal along with Lieutenant-General Igor Sergun, director

Kerry: Russia’s Running a Spy Ring in Ukraine, and We’ve Got the Recordings to Prove It

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Secretary of State John Kerry said in a private meeting Friday that the United States knows the Kremlin is running an espionage network that is aiding pro-Russian separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, according to the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who obtained a recording of the meeting. “Intel is producing taped conversations of intelligence operatives taking

Israeli intelligence: Assad concealing chemical capability

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Israeli intelligence is afraid that the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria is acting to conceal a small percentage of the chemical weapons in its possession, while misleading the international community. This assessment joins similar ones heard in the past two weeks from intelligence sources in the United States and Great Britain, and which

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup

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Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that America's overseas espionage agency had originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop

Merkel urged to press Obama on NSA scandal ahead of Washington talks

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Angela Merkel should ask Barack Obama to destroy her NSA file when she meets the American president in Washington this week, a leading German opposition politician has told the Guardian. The Greens warn that failure to address the intelligence monitor scandal would risk undermining the credibility of the western alliance during the Ukraine crisis. "Close

Dozens of intelligence contractors have submitted false claims for federal funds

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Dozens of contractors for the four largest Defense Department intelligence agencies have been investigated for submitting false payment claims worth millions of dollars over the past decade, according to a new Pentagon report. The report by Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence Anthony Thomas said that when his auditors examined 128 unclassified cases of contractor misconduct,

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

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The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers. The change in strategy comes as the White

China builds spy network in Australian universities

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China is reportedly building covert informant networks inside Australia's top universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Fairfax Media reports that Chinese intelligence officials say they are building networks to monitor the ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing's core interests. Much of the monitoring work takes place in higher education institutions, it reports. This

NSA Finally Reveals How PRISM Works

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The NSA has finally decided to tell the world how the Internet surveillance program PRISM works, though it's been almost a year since its existence was revealed by one of the very first Edward Snowden leaks. On Tuesday, the spy agency released a report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which

Guantánamo trial judge orders CIA to account for treatment of detainee

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A judge overseeing the trials of terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay has ordered the CIA to turn over details of its treatment of a detainee in one of its secret prisons, a watershed ruling that sets the stage for the military commissions to learn much more than the US public about the agency’s brutal interrogations.

In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

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Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev, nobody knows exactly why, but some speculate that he intends to open US intelligence resources to

Snowden calls Putin to talk NSA

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Edward Snowden called into a Russian state television program on Thursday and asked President Vladimir Putin about whether Moscow has surveillance programs similar to those exposed by the former government contractor. The exchange between Putin and Snowden appeared to be a piece of theater crafted by the Kremlin  and designed to embarrass the Obama administration

MH370 conspiracy: Malaysia dismisses CIA involvement in disappearance of plane

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Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was speaking after Utusan carried an article which noted: "If the CIA could arrange for the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, it is not improbable to link MH370 with the intelligence agency." Hishammuddin told reporters: "At the end of the day, if their

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

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The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The agency’s reported decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used