Tag: Germany

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

NSA Whistle-Blower: Obama’s Authority To Label ‘Terrorists’ Is The Same Rule The Nazis Issued In 1933

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Former National Security Agency crypto-mathematician Bill Binney was blowing the whistle on domestic spying long before Edward Snowden became a household name, and has gone on record describing the agency’s growing powers as increasingly “totalitarian.” Now the 36-year agency veteran is

Yes, Berlin has its own spying scandals, but don’t expect Germany to forgive the NSA

For politicians in Washington, the German uproar over allegations that the NSA had spied on Merkel and collected the data of millions of Germans was remarkable. The usually calm Chancellor Angela Merkel angrily rejected American explanations and forced the CIA station chief in

Turkey demands explanation from Germany over spying on it

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Turkey has demanded an explanation from Germany over media reports that German intelligence service has been spying on the NATO partner for several years. “If the allegations were proved true, then it would be completely unacceptable,” said Turkish Foreign Minister

The BND, a completely normal secret service

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A world without secret services? The idea is too good to be true. Unfortunately, in view of the numerous security threats, both abstract and concrete, the idea is also naive. One of these potentially deadly threats is international terrorism, motivated

German government under fire over spying accusations

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Some things said by politicians come back to haunt them later. This is the situation German Chancellor Angela Merkel now finds herself in, even though she always chooses her words carefully. A few months ago, following revelations about the NSA

THE FIRST HERO OF WORLD WAR II AND HOW THE FBI OUTWITTED AND DESTROYED A NAZI SPY RING

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This is the story of a German-born American citizen named Wilhelm Gottlieb Sebold, who was recruited by Adolf Hitler’s regime to spy on the United States in the early days of World War II and who became, according to Peter

German intelligence reportedly spied on Kerry, Clinton

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Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to a report Saturday in the German magazine Der Spiegel.  If true, the revelations would be embarrassing for the German

Identify your spy: Germany asks other countries for names of secret agents

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Germany is asking foreign diplomatic missions to reveal the names of secret service agents working in the country, a report states. It comes amid the spy row between Berlin and Washington, following revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency’s electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls

Snowden’s Revelations Bring Changes to US Intelligence Gathering

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For more than a year,  former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has been living in Russia, having been granted asylum. He is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after making public key intelligence documents dealing with the U.S.

The Cost of Surveillance

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American foreign policy has long been an exercise of divided labor. For more than fifty years, we have parceled out responsibility for guiding America’s path in the world among the Departments of State and Defense, the CIA, the NSA, and

Germany to ‘spy on US and UK intelligence gathering’ for the first time in 45 years

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Germany has ordered surveillance of British and American intelligence gathering on its soil to begin for the first time since 1945, according to reports. Under the decision, US and British intelligence operations in Germany will be subject to the same

A year after U.S. spying revelations, German officials say questions remain unanswered

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is President Obama’s “go-to partner” when it comes to world crises from negotiations with Iran to persuading Europe to adopt harsher sanctions against Russia, according to a senior administration official. So if Merkel has a problem

Top Obama Aides Sent to Berlin Over U.S. Spy Tensions

German Chancellor Merkel holds a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone featuring high security Secusite software at the booth of Secusmart during her opening tour at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover

Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this

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

Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon

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LONDON — Germany said on Thursday that it would cancel a contract with Verizon Communications, part of the fallout from continuing revelations by Edward J. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, who says that American intelligence agencies had routine

Pakistan, Iran, and… USA? New heatmap shows where NSA hacks

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A screenshot from the National Security Agency’s Boundless Informant visualization tool shows that the NSA was heavily focusing its network hacking efforts in 2013 on Iran and Pakistan. All the while, the NSA also had active “computer network exploits” within

NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe

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The National Security Agency has turned Germany into its most important base of operations in Europe, according to a story published by Der Spiegel this week. The German magazine reports that documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “paint a picture of

He is not alone

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In the offices next to Wizner’s open door, young high-flyers with degrees from Harvard and Yale sit at their desks. They have posters on their office walls: “Disagreement is patriotic” and “Being a Muslim and praying is no offence”. A