Tag: Law/Crime

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


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

Ex-general, CIA chief Petraeus gets probation, $100,000 fine in leak case


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Reuters) – Former U.S. military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a$100,000 fine but was spared prison time on Thursday after pleading guilty to mishandling classified information.

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January


A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, the first known instance in which the Central Intelligence Agency killed hostages in a

Guidelines call for 20-year sentence in CIA leak case


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer convicted of leaking classified details of an operation to derail Iran‘s nuclear ambitions would spend 20 years in prison if a judge follows federal sentencing guidelines. Jeffrey Sterling of O’Fallon, Missouri, will

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General’s extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the

You can now find out if GCHQ spied on you


People from around the world can join a campaign to find out if British intelligence agency GCHQ illegally spied on them — and force it to delete the data. The move follows a ruling by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) that

Snowden and Poitras sued for making ‘Citizenfour’ doc on NSA leaks


A recently released documentary about former government contractor Edward Snowden is being considered a potential candidate for the Academy Awards next year, but all isn’t well for the team behind the flick “Citizenfour.” Attorneys representing a Kansas man filed a

The Apex of CIA Hypocrisy


Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, a proponent of drone strikes and indefinite detention, complains that he and his colleagues were “never given the chance to mount a defense” of torture. Hayden was fielding questions about the Senate torture report during

Russia Denounces U.S. Over C.I.A. Torture Report


MOSCOW — Often castigated by the United States over its record on human rights, democracy and civil liberties, Russia on Thursday seized on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture by the C.I.A. to turn the tables

GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule


A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others. It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices. But the

FBI continues to investigate former CIA director General Petraeus


Current and former US intelligence officials say the FBI still has an open investigation into whether David Petraeus improperly provided highly classified documents to a mistress. The case has been open since 2012, when he resigned as CIA director. While

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires


WASHINGTON — A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress

Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program


WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar

Can CSIS spy on Canadians overseas? Government asks top court how it can legally track terror suspects


The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has been left in the dark about the legality of tracking Canadian terror suspects overseas, the federal government is telling the Supreme Court. In arguments filed with the high court, the government says CSIS needs

Libyan former CIA detainees say US torture inquiry never interviewed them


As the US government prepares to defend its record on torture before a United Nations panel, five Libyan men once held without charge by the CIA say the main criminal investigation into allegations of detainee abuse never even interviewed them.

Court Considers Suit Against NSA Phone Surveillance


WASHINGTON—Can a government computer program violate a person’s constitutional rights? A federal appeals court weighing the legality of a controversial National Security Agency phone surveillance program wrestled with that question Tuesday as it discussed whether someone’s rights could be violated

MH17 investigators still awaiting U.S., Russian intelligence reports

Malaysia Plane

(Reuters) – Dutch prosecutors are still awaiting U.S. intelligence reports on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 but American laws on passing on such information to criminal investigations are complicating the process, the Dutch government said on Tuesday. The

FBI Identifies 2nd NSA Leaker


The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called “second leaker” who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden,

In Cold War, U.S. Spy Agencies Used 1,000 Nazis


WASHINGTON — In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some

Poland Detains 2 Suspected of Espionage


Polish officials say a high-ranking army officer and a civilian have been detained on suspicion that they spied for a hostile foreign intelligence service. Polish media reported that the two are suspected of spying for Russia, but prosecutors have refused