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Germany’s Spy Agency Used NSA Software To Spy On Germans

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Internal documents show that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, received the coveted software program XKeyscore from the NSA – and promised data from Germany in return. The agents from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV),

When Will the NSA Stop Spying on Innocent Americans?

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Unless Congress acts, Americans will soon benefit from one of the Patriot Act’s most important safeguards against abuse: Language in Section 215 of the law is scheduled to expire in June, depriving the FBI and NSA of a provision they’ve

Before Snowden, a Debate Inside NSA

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Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency had been secretly collecting American telephone records, some NSA executives voiced strong objections to the program, current and former intelligence officials say. The program

Where Is the Investigation Into Financial Corruption at the NSA?

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Earlier this year, when Keith Alexander resigned as head of the National Security Agency, he began trying to cash in on expertise he’d gained while in government, pitching himself as a security consultant who could protect Wall Street banks and

Where’s the NSA reform?

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After leaks last year revealed a vast web of government surveillance of innocent Americans, the outrage in Washington could hardly be contained. Privacy advocates and lawmakers from both parties wanted the most intrusive program shut down. A federal judge called

Ex-spy chief’s private firm ends deal with U.S. official

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(Reuters) – Former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander has ended a deal with a senior U.S. intelligence official allowing the official to work part-time for his firm, an arrangement current and former officials said risked a conflict of interest.

The NSA’s Moonlighting Problem

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In Washington, the revolving door between government service and more lucrative ventures is common, if not expected. However, having one foot in each has raised questions for the National Security Agency, which has launched an internal review of one senior

The Many Shades of Edward Snowden

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The world will never see Mark Felt’s body language as he told Bob Woodward about the Nixon administration’s illegal behavior or hear the timbre of Daniel Ellsberg’s voice when he handed over the Pentagon Papers. But thanks to Citizenfour, a

Former NSA Chief Says JPMorgan Hack May Be a Warning

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Hackers who stole gigabytes of data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. may have been trying to send a message that U.S. financial institutions can be disrupted, the former director of the National Security Agency said. The FBI is investigating the

Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Is Profiting on Cybersecurity. But Is It Legal?

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In his review of This Town, Mark Leibovich’s account of the machinations of Washington, D.C., Frank Rich noted that in 2008, Obama said, “When I am president, I will start by closing the revolving door in the White House that’s

The NSA Is Being Sued for Keeping Keith Alexander’s Financial Records Secret

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Former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s lucrative entrance into the private sector has raised a heap of ethical questions about the spy chief’s intentions. Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

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Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

The Way the NSA Uses Section 702 is Deeply Troubling. Here’s Why

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The most recent disclosure of classified NSA documents revealed that the British spy agency GCHQ sought unfettered access to NSA data collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Not only does this reveal that the two agencies have

Snowden being manipulated by Russian intelligence: ex-NSA chief

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(Reuters) – Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the U.S. government’s data collection programs, is now likely under the control of Russian intelligence agencies, according to former NSA Director, General Keith Alexander. Alexander, who retired on March

Emails reveal close Google relationship with NSA

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Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after

Mathematician Spies

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For the past 10 months, a major international scandal has engulfed some of the world's largest employers of mathematicians. These organizations stand accused of law-breaking on an industrial scale and are now the object of widespread outrage. How has the

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander says future Snowden leaks could lead to deaths

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The data that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's holds could, if released, lead to deaths, the agency's outgoing director says. Gen. Keith Alexander said in an interview aired Tuesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the possibility that

New NSA choice reflects desire to get past criticism

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WASHINGTON – President Obama's choice to head the NSA will confront a host of problems if confirmed in his new job, including a demoralized workforce, frayed relations with Capitol Hill and angry foreign intelligence partners. "He's got a lot of

Meet the New Boss of the NSA. Same as the Old Boss?

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President Obama has chosen Navy Vice Adm. Michael Rogers as the new director of the embattled National Security Agency as his administration begins working to implement a bevy of surveillance reforms, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Rogers currently runs the U.S.