Category: BREAKING NEWS

Senator Denounces Redactions of Report on C.I.A. Detention Program

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WASHINGTON — The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Tuesday that heavy censorship by the Obama administration of her committee’s voluminous report on the C.I.A.’s detention program eliminates or obscures “key facts” buttressing the document’s conclusions, and pledged to fight for more of it to be declassified. The statement by the chairwoman, Senator

China Investigating Canadian Couple on Suspicion of Espionage

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A Canadian couple who live in a Chinese city on the North Korean border are being investigated on suspicion of espionage, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt are “suspected of collecting and stealing intelligence material in Dandong about Chinese military targets and important national defense research projects, and engaging

Obama’s ‘helplessness’ an act: Snowden reveals scale of US aid to Israel

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The turmoil gripping the Middle East is a direct result of the provision of cash, weapons and surveillance to Israel by the US, the latest Snowden leak illustrates. Obama’s “helpless detachment” is just for show, the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald writes. In a bold examination, the former Guardian journalist reveals the amazing contrast between what the

Israeli spy agency Mossad ‘Wiretapped John Kerry’s Phone During Peace Talks’

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Israel wiretapped US Foreign Secretary John Kerry’s phone while he was brokering peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Jewish state, intelligence sources have claimed. Israeli intelligence agencies intercepted Kerry’s phone calls and listened to his conversations via satellite while he was attempting to reach a peace deal between Israel and Palestine earlier this year, German

U.S. spy plane avoids dangerous run in with Russian jet

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An RC-125 Five Joint evaded the Russians by flying into Swedish airspace without Sweden’s permission on July 18 This is just one day after the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board the commercial flight Russians began tracking the U.S. spy plane with land-based radar and even

CIA Hacked Senate Computers

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The Central Intelligence Agency improperly accessed computers used by the Senate committee investigating  the agency’s use of torture following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the CIA Inspector General Office. The internal report confirms accusations made by Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that CIA employees accessed

CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers

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The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials. Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set

Canadian intelligence sweeps often intercept private data

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In its fight against Chinese espionage and other cyberthreats, Canada’s electronic-intelligence agency intercepts citizens’ private messages without judicial warrants. A 22-page “Operational Procedures for Cyber Defence” document obtained by The Globe speaks to just how Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) can log, store and study volumes of electronic communications that touch government computer networks –

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks

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One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries had offered permanent asylum after the U.S. government filed charges against him for making off

State Dept: ‘No American Is Proud’ of CIA Tactics

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The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. “This report tells a story of which no American is

Canada Accuses China Of Hacking Into Its Main Computer Network

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Canada on Tuesday accused Chinese government-backed hackers of attempting to access its main computer network, but Beijing denied the accusations saying it had no role to play in the alleged act. The Canadian government reportedly claimed that a state-sponsored actor had hacked into the systems of the National Research Council, which works with companies, including

Cyber warfare: The next front in the Israel-Gaza conflict?

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich, is sounding the alarm that that cyber warfare could be the next front in the conflict between Israel and Hamas as nations allied with the Gaza-based militants look for non-military ways to aid their cause. It’s a possibility Rogers says could widen the deep and destructive conflict even

NSA mass spying undermines journalists and attorneys’ ability to work

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Dozens of journalists and attorneys surveyed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch for a new report say that the United States government’s surveillance operations are eroding their ability to work. The results of the collaborative effort between the ACLU and HRW was published on Monday this week and contains a number

CIA Torture Report Coming Soon

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to publicly release — as early as next week — selected and carefully redacted portions of its 6,300 page report on controversial CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation techniques used after 9/11, several administration and intelligence officials said. The report — the subject of a now-public feud between the

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Kept His Oath Better Than Anyone in the NSA

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Daniel Ellsberg, the celebrated whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said in a conversation with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden that every human sometimes bites their tongue when they witness something that they know to be wrong–and blood often flows as a result. Due in part to lies during the Vietnam War, he said,

Germany to ‘spy on US and UK intelligence gathering’ for the first time in 45 years

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Germany has ordered surveillance of British and American intelligence gathering on its soil to begin for the first time since 1945, according to reports. Under the decision, US and British intelligence operations in Germany will be subject to the same counter-espionage measures as those of Russia, China and Iran. “We need to send a strong

The NSA is monitoring dead people

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You may be dead, but the U.S. government won’t take you off its terrorist roster. That’s according to newly leaked internal guidelines from last year that reveal intimate details regarding the government’s process for determining whether an individual should be designated as a possible terrorist suspect. So broad are their criteria that an individual is

White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

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Even with the start of a month-long congressional recess only two weeks away, lawmakers in the United States Senate may soon vote on a long-awaited surveillance reform bill before heading home for the rest of summer. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters this week that lawmakers in

European Court Says Torture Used on CIA ‘Black Sites’

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(Reuters) – The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects. The court said it had been established that the CIA used a

U.K. announces inquiry for Russian spy death

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LONDON (AP) — The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a breakthrough in the much-delayed probe because it means investigators can look into whether the Russian