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Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate

GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule

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A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others. It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices. But the

John Key says Edward Snowden ‘may well be right’ about NSA spying on NZ

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The claim by Edward Snowden that New Zealanders’ internet traffic is accessible through a NSA intelligence database “may well be right”, the country’s prime minister, John Key, has acknowledged. Key refused on Wednesday to rule out that New Zealanders’ metadata

Did Obama Waste the Bin Laden Intelligence Trove?

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In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, Steve Hayes has an important piece looking at what happened to the reams of intelligence acquired in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The intelligence included “10 hard drives, nearly

GCHQ protest due over surveillance case

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Hundreds are expected to arrive for the demonstration in Cheltenham, organised by the We Are Anonymous group. They are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services. The

Snowden’s year in Russia: From airport hideout to mystery location

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With his life being made into a Hollywood movie, ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden executed the biggest intelligence leak in history and outwitted the spy agency to mark the one-year anniversary of his stay in Russia – his surprise haven from

The NSA’s big problem, explained by the NSA

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Amongst the new trove of classified documents released by Der Speigel is a rather academic discussion, in the NSA’s own foreign affairs journal, about the differences between American signals intelligence collection and German signals intelligence collection. One passage in particular

How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

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Though the NSA says its mass surveillance of Americans targets only “terrorists,” the spying may turn up evidence of other illegal acts that can get passed on to law enforcement which hides the secret source through a ruse called “parallel construction,” writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander says future Snowden leaks could lead to deaths

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The data that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's holds could, if released, lead to deaths, the agency's outgoing director says. Gen. Keith Alexander said in an interview aired Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the possibility that

New NSA choice reflects desire to get past criticism

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WASHINGTON – President Obama's choice to head the NSA will confront a host of problems if confirmed in his new job, including a demoralized workforce, frayed relations with Capitol Hill and angry foreign intelligence partners. "He's got a lot of

Israeli ministers demand US stop spying

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Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country's top former leaders. It was the first time that Israeli officials have

Lawsuit accuses IBM of hiding China risks amid NSA spy scandal

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(Reuters) – IBM Corp has been sued by a shareholder who accused it of concealing how its ties to what became a major U.S. spying scandal reduced business in China and ultimately caused its market value to plunge more than

The original NSA whistleblower: “Snowden is a patriot”

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Unless you live under a rock that has no Internet connectivity, you know of Ed Snowden. You might also be aware of his predecessor in NSA whistle-blowing, Thomas Drake. But it’s likely you haven’t heard of Perry Fellwock (once known

‘CIA fabricated evidence to lure US into war with Syria’

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The intelligence gathered against Syria’s Assad was manufactured by elements within the spy community in order to mislead the US President to take punitive action, Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA analyst, told RT. McGovern was among the signatories to the

Prosecutor in Manning case calls for 60-year prison sentence

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FT. MEADE, Md. — Military prosecutors in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning asked the judge Monday to sentence him to at least 60 years in prison, arguing that his leaks of classified documents severely damaged U.S. intelligence operations

Book by former CIA analyst sheds light on Cuba, Kennedy, Oswald

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(Reuters) – Lee Harvey Oswald had closer ties to Cuba's intelligence agency in the months before his fatal shooting of John F. Kennedy than previously known, according to a new book by a former CIA analyst. Furthermore, the CIA lied

16 Years for Espionage, Life in Jail for Whistleblowing

by Nathan Fuller, April 18, 2013 Spc. William Millay, a 25-year-old military policeman, was sentenced yesterday to 19 years in jail, a sentence reduced to 16 years after a plea deal, minus time served, for attempting to commit espionage and

CIA Analysis Acknowledges Intelligence Failure on Iraq’s WMDs

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Foreign Policy Magazine Features CIA Document Released to National Security Archive "A Classified Mea Culpa on Iraq" CIA Analysis Acknowledges Intelligence Failure on Iraq's WMDs Posted – September 5, 2012 For more information contact: Tom Blanton – 202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu

US – Is THIS the man who killed Bin Laden?

The CIA operative who was responsible for tracking down and ultimately killing Osama Bin laden may have had his cover blown because of his distinguishing yellow tie. The man, known as ‘John’, is a career CIA analyst whose job for