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The Dutch “Surveillance Kings of Europe” Are About to Get Even Nosier

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AMSTERDAM — When the exiled American whistleblower Edward Snowden dubbed the Dutch “the Surveillance Kings of Europe” earlier this year, he attracted little attention outside The Netherlands. But he was talking about an issue with global implications, not least for

Former NSA director: Charlie Hebdo attack was ‘kind of inevitable’

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The former NSA director general Michael Hayden said the Charlie Hebdo attack was “kind of inevitable” on Tuesday, and compared Islamist extremism to Ebola. “The fact of the matter is there’s a plague and people are going to get Ebola,”

New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for ‘Five Eyes’ and NSA, Snowden files show

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New Zealand is spying indiscriminately on its allies in the Pacific region and sharing the information with the US and the other “Five Eyes” alliance states, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden. The secret papers, published by the

Canada to boost spy agency powers citing terror threat

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will be able to track homegrown terror suspects abroad and have the identity of informants concealed according to draft amendments to the country’s 30-year-old law on surveillance. The amendments will be introduced next week,

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

Wikileaks releases FinFisher files to highlight government malware abuse

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WikiLeaks has released more information on controversial commercial surveillance tools, criticising the German government for not blocking a “weaponised malware” developer from shipping its code to countries with regimes with poor human rights records. WikiLeaks’ latest Spy Files publication included

The NSA has a plan to map the entire Internet

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When it comes to choosing code names for their secret operations, American and British agents demonstrate a flare for creativity. Sometimes they borrow from Mother Nature, with monikers such as “Evil Olive” and “Egoistic Giraffe.” Other times, they would seem

Spy Chief Says Australia May Raise Terror Threat

Australia may elevate its terrorism threat to the second highest level within days because of the growing danger posed by Islamic State group supporters, the national domestic spy chief said. Australian Security Intelligence Organization Director-General David Irvine said Australia’s terrorist

‘Five Eyes’ surveillance pact should be published, Strasbourg court told

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The secret “Five Eyes” treaty that authorises intelligence sharing between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be published, according to an appeal lodged on Tuesday at the European court of human rights. The application by Privacy International

Australia’s collateral damage in the US drone program

In the last few years there has been a hotly contested global debate about the civilian impact of the U.S. drone strike program and its moral and legal justifications. Despite being geographically part of Asia (where the majority of drone

Australia’s overseas spy chief reappointed for another five years

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The boss of Australia’s shadowy overseas spy agency has been given another five years in the job. The federal government has reappointed Nick Warner as the head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, or Asis. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop,

Australia and Indonesia ‘to end spy rift’

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Julie Bishop told the ABC that a “joint understanding” had been reached and preparations to sign it were under way. Intelligence sharing and military and border co-operation would resume when the pact was signed, reports said. The spying claims came

Julian Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy ‘soon”

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, without giving further details. Britain’s Sky News, part owned by Rupert

British spy agency scanned for vulnerable systems in 32 countries

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British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the “Hacienda” program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has revealed. The use of so-called port

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I just want my Constitution back. -Thomas Drake, former NSA senior executive, July 29, 2014 Both Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack are familiar names in the world of whistleblowing. They are currently visiting Australia, giving talks and presentations on the

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

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Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries

Latest NSA revelations show global reach of U.S. surveillance

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The latest revelation to come from the documents obtained by Edward Snowden may not be the kind that gets average Americans angry, but it shows the true breadth of the U.S. government’s electronic spying apparatus, a web of surveillance that

Germany NSA’s main target, claims ex-staffer

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Drake, an NSA executive turned whistleblower, said the US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to punish Germany to a “certain extent” for failing to notice that an al Qaeda terrorist cell had planned the attack series from Hamburg. The cell

Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers

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Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July. The government will also seek to establish a mandatory data collection regime, where