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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

German loophole allows BND spy agency to snoop on own people

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German MPs examining the surveillance activities the US National Security Agency have found a legal loophole that allows the Berlin’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its German acronym BND, is not usually

France gets serious over ‘Snowden syndrome’ and cybersecurity

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Brittany in northwest France is best known for its crepes and apple cider. This weekend, it also became the site of the biggest cyberattack in French history. The assault – a state-orchestrated simulation at the country’s top military academy in

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

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

How Edward Snowden Broke the Spy Game

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There was a time, not long ago, that an unspoken truth was shared by the international community: All countries, even close allies, spy on one another. This was especially true during the Cold War. The United States spied on Russia,

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 50 Years Ago

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On August 2, 1964, the U.S. destroyer Maddox exchanged shots with North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two days later, the Maddox and another destroyer reported once again coming under fire. Although most historians, including those employed

What Are the Limits of Legitimate Economic Espionage?

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What are the limits of legitimate economic espionage? The indictment of five PLA officers for stealing U.S. intellectual property brings economic espionage into the same spotlight lately enjoyed by diplomatic cryptography.  The U.S. decision immediately produced a firestorm of criticism

Intelligence officials to Congress: Israel ‘crossed red lines’ in spying on U.S.

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Israeli espionage operations in the United States have “gone too far,” senior U.S. intelligence officials have told Congress in recent weeks, Newsweek reported on Tuesday. The intelligence assessments were given in confidential briefings to a number of congressional committees dealing

U.S. knocks plans for European communication network

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(Reuters) – The United States on Friday criticized proposals to build a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States, warning that such rules could breach international trade laws. In its annual review of

Merkel and Hollande to discuss European communication network avoiding U.S.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States. Merkel, who visits France

French Intelligence Involved in NSA Spying in France, Monde Says

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French intelligence services worked “very closely” with the U.S. National Security Agency in spying on the country’s citizens, Le Monde reported, citing documents it said it obtained from Edward Snowden. The outrage expressed by the French president after reports of

NSA spy programs show that ‘America doesn’t trust its allies’, French former PM says

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PARIS – Spying on world leaders has dealt a "major blow" to U.S. foreign interests because it shows that "America doesn’t trust its allies," French former prime minister Dominique de Villepin told NBC News. The conservative politician, who was raised in

N.S.A. Head Says European Data Was Collected by Allies

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WASHINGTON — The head of the National Security Agency on Tuesday vigorously challenged recent reports that the United States had been gathering the phone records of millions of Europeans, saying that the records had in fact been turned over by

Report claims NSA monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain

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The National Security Agency monitored 60 million phone calls made in Spain over the course of a single month last year, according to a report published by a Spanish newspaper Sunday evening. El Mundo, citing information in documents leaked by

Obama Tells Merkel That US Is Not Tapping Her Phone

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BERLIN — The German government said Wednesday that it had received information that the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was under surveillance by United States intelligence services and that she had called President Obama to make clear that

Spain fears NSA is targeting communications data of its citizens

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Spanish authorities believe the US' National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting communication data in the country, echoing recent revelations about the NSA's activity in France. According to a report in Spanish daily El Pais, the country's intelligence agency CNI

False & misleading: NSA denies French spy reports

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The NSA did not record 70 million French telephone calls, but it does carry out espionage in France, Intelligence Director James Clapper has said. Responding to media reports on NSA activities in France, he dismissed them as “false and misleading.”

French NSA Surveillance Scandal Jeopardizes Transatlantic Relations

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Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on millions of French citizens are set to overshadow vital talks on the future of Syria. Top-ranking politicians from both sides of the Atlantic will come face to face on Tuesday just