Tag: Europe

US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents

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The US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on mass US global surveillance, Norwegian media revealed citing formal requests. Norway’s Ministry of Foreign

Germany orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

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BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defence

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

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics

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Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents. Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world

John Kerry asks to delay CIA torture report

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In a personal phone call to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for the so-called torture report to be delayed, arguing it could damage foreign relations and pose risks to US personnel

Russia Expels Latvian, German Nationals Suspected of Espionage

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A former Latvian parliamentarian has been deported from Russia after the country’s Federal Security Service (FSB) accused him of spying on behalf of Latvia and the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Russia’s state-run NTV channel reported Sunday. “I am Alexei Kholostov, an ethnic Russian and a citizen of Latvia.

Brazil begins laying its own Internet cables to avoid U.S. surveillance

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There’s a new wrinkle in Brazil’s plan to build a $185 million undersea fiber-optic cable that would connect it to Portugal and help the country avoid surveillance by U.S. intelligence authorities, reports Bloomberg: The cable will be built without the help of any U.S.

German journo: European media writing pro-US stories under CIA pressure

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German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired. Ulfkotte made the revelations during interviews with RT and Russia

Alleged French Spy-Turned-Traitor Targeted in Airstrikes on Al Qaeda

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A former spy for France, who defected and joined al Qaeda, was one of the targets of American airstrikes in Syria last month aimed at stopping the terror group from blowing up planes over the skies of Europe or the

Intelligence Pros Can’t Understand U.S. Policy on Ukraine

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Philip Giraldi finds U.S. policy on Ukraine close to “incomprehensible”. Not only that he writes “I know of no former or current intelligence official who believes that the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe was a good idea, that toppling

Russia says detained Estonian police officer is a spy

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Russia claims it detained an Estonian policeman for “intelligence gathering”, but Tallinn has accused Moscow of abducting him. The Estonian officer, Eston Kohver, was placed behind bars after a Moscow court approved his arrest, heightening tensions between European Union member

E.U. Urges Sharing Data to Avert Air Disasters

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BRUSSELS — Responding to the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in July, Europe’s top aviation safety agency urged national governments on Wednesday to share intelligence data with the aviation authorities to better enable international regulators and

Isis not comparable to al-Qaida pre-9/11, US intelligence officials say

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US intelligence officials have concluded that Islamic State (Isis) militants do not currently pose a direct threat of a major attack on an American city and, despite the group’s dramatic rise to prominence in the Middle East, is not comparable

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

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MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday denounced Ukraine’s moves to join NATO and said it would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe. The stand

Fidel Castro Claims Mossad is Behind the Islamic State

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed on Monday that the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was behind the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, AFP reports. Castro’s claims were made in a column published in Cuban media in which he lashed out

David Cameron gives spy agencies power to vet airline flight lists

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David Cameron will make it easier for intelligence agencies to access information about airline passengers and announce measures to intensify cooperation with Turkey and Germany as the government moves to stem the flow of British-born jihadis travelling to and from

Intelligence Nightmare: Extremists Returning Home

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The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors

The Man Who End The Cold War

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Shevardnadze’s rise to leadership of the Foreign Ministry in 1985, only months after Gorbachev became general secretary, was a “bolt from the blue,” in Chernyaev’s words. Shevardnadze’s talks with Shultz brought a whole new tone to U.S.-Soviet discourse, while the

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

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The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters

Espionage programs linked to spying on former Soviet targets

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A one-two combination of malware programs has infiltrated the embassies and government systems of a number of former Eastern Bloc nations as well as European targets, according to a technical analysis by security researchers. Using exploits and malicious downloads delivered