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Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

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Responding to US secretary of state’s comments, Snowden adviser Ben Wizner says ‘negotiated settlement’ would be necessary. An adviser to Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that an unfair legal landscape made it unlikely that the NSA whistleblower would take US

Is Edward Snowden a ‘real’ spy?

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Edward Snowden says he’s a spy. True? Not really. If a spy is anyone who has worked at a spy agency then, sure, he’s a spy, having worked at both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency

Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made internet routers

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For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a “threat” because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them.

Snowden leaks prompt ‘insidious’ claims about spies: UK lawmaker

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Edward Snowden‘s disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are “an embarrassing indictment” of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded. A highly critical report by the Commons home

CIA torture report won’t be made public for months

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WASHINGTON — The release of the long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques — widely denounced as torture — is certain to take much longer than the 30 days sought by Senate

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded for Coverage of N.S.A. Secrets and Boston Bombing

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The Washington Post and Guardian U.S. on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, among the most prestigious awards in journalism, for their articles based on National Security Agency documents leaked by the former government contractor Edward J. Snowden.

U.S., Israel discuss possible release of Israeli spy

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Washington (CNN) — The United States and Israel are discussing the possible release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of efforts to save fragile Middle East peace negotiations, according to sources familiar with the talks. No decisions have been

United Nations counterterrorism official launches investigation into NSA surveillance

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The United Nations senior counterterrorism official is launching an investigation into the surveillance activities of both the United States' and the United Kingdom's intelligence agencies. UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson said that he would be initiating an investigation into both

Greenwald, Scahill vow to unmask NSA’s ‘US assassination program’

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American investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald say they have teamed up to prepare a report on the National Security Agency's role in what one of them described as the "US assassination program." “The connections between war and surveillance

Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander

It has been previously reported that the mentality of NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander is captured by his motto "Collect it All". It's a get-everything approach he pioneered first when aimed at an enemy population in the middle of a

‘Snowden did a great thing’: Matt Damon praises NSA leaker for opening debate on civil liberties

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Matt Damon has come out in defence of NSA leaker Edward Snowden by saying he did 'a great thing' in exposing details of America's spying operations. The Hollywood actor said the 'shocking' revelations that have emerged in recent weeks 'flew

Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11

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Leaker Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11 attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters. Snowden said

Are MI5, MI6, NSA just a bunch of incompetents?

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The recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden were fascinating. But they – and all the reactions to them – had one enormous assumption at their heart. That the spies know what they are doing. It is a belief that

LSE group on North Korea trip thought Panorama cameraman was a spy

A BBC Panorama cameraman who posed as a former student to report undercover from North Korea was suspected of being a spy before he even reached Pyongyang. The cover of film-maker, Alexander Niakaris, was blown only hours after he joined

REVIEW: The Reader of Gentlemen’s Mail. Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Intelligence

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By David Kahn. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2004. 242 pages Few authors have so successfully mined the history of codebreaking. In Kahn's latest book, he explores the life and times of Herbert Yardley, one of the forgotten figures

REVIEW: The Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency

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By W. Thomas Smith, Jr. New York, NY: Checkmark Books, Facts-on-File, 2003. 282 pages. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An encyclopedia is defined as a comprehensive reference work containing full, complete, in-depth, thorough, wide-ranging, all-encompassing, accurate, exhaustive, articles on numerous aspects of a particular

REVIEW: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Spies and Espionage

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By Rodney Carlisle.  Indianapolis, IN:  Alpha Books, 2003.  340 pages. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ [...] The same cannot be said of Spies and Espionage—it is an encyclopedia of errata.  After short comments on intelligence in Elizabethan times, the American War of Independence, and

Review: Hack the Stack: Using Snort and Ethereal to Master the 8 Layers of an Insecure Network

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by Michael Gregg (principal author), Stephen Watkins, George Mays, Chris Ries, Ron Bandes, Brandon Franklin Pages: 442 pages Publisher: Syngress ___________________________________________________________________ Like many books with multiple authors, it's a mixed blessing. I would also like to suggest to Syngress that

Review: Handbook of Applied Cryptography

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by Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone. CRC Press ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Scenario CRC Press has been building a series of books on discrete mathematics and its applications. Doug Stinson wrote the theory book on cryptography (Cryptography: