Tag: MI5

Britain’s Surveillance State

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Edward Snowden exposed the extent of mass surveillance conducted not just by the United States but also by allies like Britain. Now, a committee of the British Parliament has proposed legal reforms to Britain’s intelligence agencies that are mostly cosmetic

GCHQ snooping laws need to be overhauled in wake of Snowden, report finds

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Snooping laws surrounding GCHQ and Britain’s spy agencies need to be overhauled in the wake of the Ed Snowden leaks, a major review has concluded. The intelligence agency does not have the authority or capability to collect and read everyone’s

Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

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The UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, should come clean on surveillance and stop attacking technology companies, privacy experts have said. Intelligence agencies must use the debate sparked by Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations to overhaul their attitude to privacy and

UK intelligence agencies spying on lawyers in sensitive security cases

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The intelligence services have routinely been intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients in sensitive security cases, according to internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents. The information obtained may even have been exploited unlawfully and used by the

Report: British intelligence has identified Foley’s killer

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The British security services MI5 and MI6 have identified the British member of the Islamic State jihadist organization who is suspected of murdering American journalist James Foley, according to the London-based Sunday Times newspaper. The newspaper attributed the information to

Snowden leaks prompt ‘insidious’ claims about spies: UK lawmaker

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Edward Snowden‘s disclosures of the scale of mass surveillance are “an embarrassing indictment” of the weak nature of the oversight and legal accountability of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies, MPs have concluded. A highly critical report by the Commons home

MI5 hiring: British Secret Service looking for intel experts on Russia

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The UK’s MI5 has decided to beef up its team with more experts on Russia amid the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine. It is now hiring Russian intelligence analysts to monitor intercepted phone calls and emails. According to the Times’

We have ‘conclusive evidence’ that Edward Snowden leaks hurt UK national security, say spy chiefs

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Ministers have been handed ‘conclusive evidence’ of how leaks by surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden damaged national security. It claims suspected terror cells and individuals disappeared from the intelligence radar after the American revealed information on techniques used by the British

Watchdog demands GCHQ report on NSA’s UK data storage

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The watchdog tasked with scrutinising the work of Britain's intelligence agencies is to demand an urgent report from GCHQ about revelations that the phone, internet and email records of British citizens have been analysed and stored by America's National Security

U.K. spy chiefs pulled out of the shadows

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The heads of Britain's three most powerful spy agencies will answer questions from U.K. lawmakers Thursday for the first time ever in view of the public. Sir Iain Lobban, head of the NSA-equivalent GCHQ, MI5's Andrew Parker and MI6's Sir

UK: 2012-13 Intelligence and Security Committee report published

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The Intelligence and Security Committee has published a new annual report covering the work of MI5 and the UK's other security and intelligence agencies. The Committee, which is appointed by Parliament and reports directly to Parliament, provides independent oversight of

UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

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The UK's electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the world's biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by America's top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The documents show

Andrew Parker named as new head of MI5

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The new director general of the domestic security service, known as MI5, is to be the current deputy, Andrew Parker. Mr Parker will take over from the outgoing head, Sir Jonathan Evans, next month. Mr Parker led the security services'

MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime

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Cyber-security experts from industry are to operate alongside the intelligence agencies for the first time in an attempt to combat the growing online threat to British firms. The government is creating a so-called fusion cell where analysts from MI5 and

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

The trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of what they claim, especially when they press

MI5 chief to step down, Theresa May says

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Mrs May, the Home Secretary, told the Commons that Sir Jonathan is “moving on” from his post as Director General of the intelligence agency next month. Speaking to MPs in Parliament, Mrs May paid tribute to Sir Jonathan's 33 years

Margaret Thatcher threatened to veto BBC programme about MI5 and MI6

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National Archives' files show how PM tried to browbeat BBC and reveals speculation about Erroll Flynn being a Nazi agent. The Conservative government threatened to "veto" a BBC Panorama programme about MI5 and MI6 because it planned to reveal details

Secret London spy hotspots revealed as list pinpoints espionage sites

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A list of London's most secretive espionage sites has revealed the spots used by MI5 agents and Russian spies, naming hotspot in Holborn, Clapham and South Kensington among others. Where exactly do spies get their cars fixed, have something to

MI5 And MI6 Pay Out £12m Britons Held In Guantánamo

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The payments were made as Sir Peter Ricketts, the National Security Adviser, warned that spending cuts could damage morale in the intelligence services and threaten security. Details of the payments are contained in the accounts for the security and intelligence