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U.S. staged secret operation into Syria in failed bid to rescue Americans

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U.S. Special Operations forces staged an unsuccessful operation this summer to rescue photojournalist James Foley and other Americans being held in Syria by Islamic State militants, according to senior Obama administration officials. The attempt, involving several dozen U.S. commandos, one

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

ISIS Baffling U.S. Intelligence Agencies

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The U.S. intelligence community is still trying to answer basic questions about the jihadists who tried to wipe out Iraq’s remaining Yazidis and who now threaten to overrun the capital of the country’s Kurdish provinces. In a briefing for reporters

NSA spying might have affected U.S. tech giants more than we thought

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Spying by the National Security Agency and increasing demands by the feds for client data continues costing U.S. IT giants billions in lost revenue while also damaging reputations of the American company’s themselves. That’s the assertion by Electronic Frontier Foundation legislative analyst

NSA Internet Metadata Program Collected More Than Was Allowed, Shared Data Too Broadly

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A now-defunct National Security Agency (NSA) bulk collection program that collected information about online communications exceeded its authority, collected too much, and shared that information too freely, recently declassified court documents show. The program collected, according to the official IC

Torture report will spark violence in Mideast: CIA

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) warns that public disclosure of a Senate report on the agency’s torture methods will trigger violent street protests in the Middle East, endangering US embassies and personnel. “The Mideast is a tinderbox right now and

Chinese officials fear Apple products may be tools for U.S. espionage

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BEIJING – Edward Snowden might not be such a popular figure among Chinese officials any more, after it emerged this week that government money won’t be spent on iPads or MacBooks any more because of concerns about U.S. spying. Snowden’s

Intelligence Source: Turks Launch Bombing Strikes on ISIS

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A former high ranking CIA official in Baghdad tells Newsweek that Turkish jets carried out airstrikes on Islamic State (I.S.) militants threatening Kurdish refugees–an assertion that Ankara denies. The White House, meanwhile, said it had launched humanitarian air drops to

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

Canadian intelligence sweeps often intercept private data

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In its fight against Chinese espionage and other cyberthreats, Canada’s electronic-intelligence agency intercepts citizens’ private messages without judicial warrants. A 22-page “Operational Procedures for Cyber Defence” document obtained by The Globe speaks to just how Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC)

NSA losing interest in deal for Snowden

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The Obama administration is increasingly less inclined to make a deal to allow Edward Snowden to come back to the United States, according to a top National Security Agency official. “As time goes on, the utility for us of having

CIA Torture Report Coming Soon

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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to publicly release — as early as next week — selected and carefully redacted portions of its 6,300 page report on controversial CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation techniques used after 9/11, several

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

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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

New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution

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John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying. The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses are taking place under the auspices of Executive Order

How the NSA plans to prevent another Snowden

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The National Security Agency is working overtime to make sure another Edward Snowden doesn’t happen again. But many of the methods are rubbing current NSA employees the wrong way. Two former NSA officials told VentureBeat that the agency, still reeling from

Time to Reopen the Case on CIA Torture

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It has been a year and a half since the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finished its 6,000-page report on torture by the Central Intelligence Agency. It’s been two months since it voted to declassify portions of it.

Poroshenko: “For the last twenty-three years, Ukraine had claimed to have an intelligence service, counter-intelligence and an army, but it was all just a façade.”

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The evening before last weekend’s Ukrainian presidential election, I walked through the park by the university in Kiev and saw what looked like some sort of commotion. In fact, it was a large group of young people salsa dancing. A

Inside Putin’s East European Spy Campaign

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On Sept. 8, 2012, the Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky participated in the opening of a Russian nationalist organization called the Izborsky Club in the monastery town of Pskov, just across the border from Estonia. His speech itself was

GCHQ names Foreign Office official Robert Hannigan as new chief

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Senior Foreign Office official Robert Hannigan has been named as the next head of the UK's eavesdropping agency GCHQ. He will succeed Sir Iain Lobban at GCHQ, which has come under intense scrutiny following the revelations about its activities by