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Infiltrate the NSA

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The story of John Ashcroft and James Comey’s hospital-bed heroics has by now been told many times. On March 10, 2004, President Bush’s White House counsel, Alberto Gonzales, and chief of staff, Andrew Card, went to the intensive care unit

Australian Parliament passes counterterror laws

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CANBERRA, Australia — The Australian Parliament on Wednesday passed a raft of counterterrorism laws that extend secret service powers despite concerns about its impact on press freedom. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill gives greater search and surveillance powers to

Spy agencies to get stronger powers, but what exactly will they be?

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The attorney general, George Brandis, said it was the most significant reform of Australia’s spy agencies’ powers since the 1970s, but what did we learn during the Senate debate this week? The first national security legislation amendment bill, which increases

Germany can’t crack ‘CIA double agent’ laptop

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Der Spiegel reports that Attorney General Harald Range gave the German Parliament’s NSA investigation committee the bad news last week. Security experts from the Criminal Police (BKA) and secret services are trying to find out whether the intelligence officer at the

Switzerland ‘won’t extradite Snowden’ in return for NSA testimony

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Switzerland has reportedly decided it will not extradite National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US if he comes to testify against the NSA’s spying activities, Swiss media said. In the document, titled “What rules are to be followed

Obama’s Spy Chief Reverses Course, Comes Out in Favor of NSA Reform

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One of the biggest defenders of the government’s sweeping spying powers is now on board with legislation that would effectively end intelligence agencies’ bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. In a letter sent this week to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman

U.S. accuses Chinese military of cyber espionage

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused Chinese military officials of hacking into several U.S. enterprises to steal trade secrets and intellectual property in an indictment to be made public Monday, two senior federal law enforcement officials said. It is the first

NSA explores options for relinquishing vast telephone record database

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The National Security Agency has been exploring options for relinquishing its massive database of telephone records that include searching across phone companies’ data for numbers linked to those of suspected terrorists, and having the firms search daily against a watch

US will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, Holder tells Russia

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The US has told the Russian government that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden should he be extradited, in an attempt to prevent Moscow from granting asylum to the former National Security Agency contractor. In a

Europe agrees to hold espionage meetings in tandem with U.S. free-trade talks

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BERLIN — European countries agreed Wednesday that talks on a free-trade deal with the United States should start in parallel with discussions about NSA surveillance — addressing concerns raised by France. French President Francois Hollande insisted after meeting German Chancellor

CIA approved AP report that triggered investigation

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The Associated Press and the administration of United States President Barack Obama are at odds over whether or not the AP’s publishing of a May 2012 article on a foiled al-Qaeda bomb threat put the US in danger. The AP

Hackers dump details on new Secret Service director

Just one week after President Obama appointed Julia Pierson as the first female Secret Service director in the agency’s 148-year history, a group of hackers claims to have leaked her personal information. Pierson was among the names listed by hackers

Brennan Confirmed to Lead the C.I.A.

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The Senate on Thursday afternoon approved John O. Brennan’s nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency by a vote of 63 to 34. The vote followed a filibuster by Senator Rand Paul, who spent nearly 13 hours on the Senate

White House targets WikiLeaks and LulzSec in cyber-espionage report

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Amid a growing call for new cybersecurity protections in the United States, the US government has issued a report that reconfirms Washington’s interest in shutting down WikiLeaks and other underground information-sharing organizations. In Washington, DC on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric

REVIEW: A Look Over My Shoulder. A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency

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By Richard Helms, with William Hood. New York, NY: Random House, 2003. 452 pages. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the parlance of espionage, the autobiography of America's one-time spymaster, Richard Helms, might best be called a "sleeper agent." For nearly half of the