Tag: Secretary of State

John Kerry asks to delay CIA torture report

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In a personal phone call to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Intelligence, Secretary of State John Kerry asked for the so-called torture report to be delayed, arguing it could damage foreign relations and pose risks to US personnel

Sophisticated Chinese cyber-espionage operation unveiled

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A coalition of cyber security companies said Tuesday that a Chinese cyber-espionage syndicate is responsible for planting malicious software (malware) on computers owned by Western government agencies, private companies and human rights groups over the past six years, including the

Why Germany Must Spy on the Turks

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For over a year, Germans have expressed mounting outrage at revelations of American espionage in their country. The opportunity to shake one’s head and wag one’s finger, especially at uncouth Americans, is one that many Germans enjoy, and Washington’s eavesdropping on

Islamic State fighter estimate triples – CIA

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The CIA says the Islamic State (IS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria – three times as many as previously feared. A spokesman said the new estimate was based on a review of intelligence

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

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

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

How Edward Snowden Broke the Spy Game

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There was a time, not long ago, that an unspoken truth was shared by the international community: All countries, even close allies, spy on one another. This was especially true during the Cold War. The United States spied on Russia,

US to ask China to restart cyber working group

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WASHINGTON — The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies’ computers to steal trade secrets. Assistant Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton backs overhaul of surveillance powers in NSA criticism

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Hillary Clinton has thrown her weight behind political efforts to rein in US surveillance powers in her most forthright criticism yet of the National Security Agency (NSA). The former secretary of state, who has hitherto largely stayed out of the

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

Israel Eavesdropped on President Clinton’s Diplomatic Phone Calls

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Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on phone calls between President Bill Clinton and Syria’s late strongman Hafez al-Assad during sensitive Middle East peace negotiations 15 years ago, a forthcoming book says, citing verbatim transcripts of the calls. Israeli intelligence also listened in

Snowden unlikely to ‘man up’ in face of Espionage Act, legal adviser says

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Responding to US secretary of state’s comments, Snowden adviser Ben Wizner says ‘negotiated settlement’ would be necessary. An adviser to Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that an unfair legal landscape made it unlikely that the NSA whistleblower would take US

Kerry: Russia’s Running a Spy Ring in Ukraine, and We’ve Got the Recordings to Prove It

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Secretary of State John Kerry said in a private meeting Friday that the United States knows the Kremlin is running an espionage network that is aiding pro-Russian separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, according to the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin, who

Agents Provocateurs and the Shadow War in Eastern Ukraine

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For weeks, Washington and Moscow have waged a bitter war of words over the fragile situation in Ukraine. But on Tuesday, the tenor of the discussion turned tantalizingly conspiratorial. On the Russian side, Moscow accused the U.S. of plotting a

Ex- CIA Chief: Why We Keep Getting Putin Wrong

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The last time Russian troops invaded one of its neighbors, the U.S. intelligence community was also caught off guard. The year was 2008 and the country was Georgia instead of the Ukraine. And just as in 2014, back then there

Kerry tells Europeans NSA will strike “right” balance between security and privacy

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Tuesday that a review into NSA surveillance activities would result in the "right" balance between security and privacy and said outrage over alleged espionage and eavesdropping should not disrupt key trade talks between

French NSA Surveillance Scandal Jeopardizes Transatlantic Relations

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Allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on millions of French citizens are set to overshadow vital talks on the future of Syria. Top-ranking politicians from both sides of the Atlantic will come face to face on Tuesday just

Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal

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Brazilian officials have expressed reluctance to purchasing dozens of military planes from the US after it was revealed that the NSA not only closely monitored Brazilian energy and military affairs, but also mined for commercial secrets. The US had planned

Colombia asks Kerry to explain NSA spying

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BOGOTA — Secretary of State John F. Kerry faced questions about National Security Agency spying here Monday as the government of Colombia asked for an explanation of reports that the United States has collected telephone and e-mail data in this