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Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry after NSA phone tapping

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Germany has approved BlackBerry’s purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a “no-spy” agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker. Duesseldorf-based Secusmart provides special smartphones to German government officials that are meant to be safe from eavesdropping. German media report that

China raised issue of U.S. spy flights during military talks: Pentagon

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(Reuters) – China raised the thorny subject of U.S. military spy flights during talks that led to agreements this week on reducing friction between the two militaries, but was told U.S. missions in international airspace and waters would continue, the

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

Islamic State has MORE THAN 30,000 fighters, CIA claims

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Hundreds of Britons are believed to have gone to fight in the so-called caliphate, which was created when the extremist group- also known as ISIS and ISIL – seized vast swathes of Iraq and Syria. But the true extent of

Chinese ambassador ‘spy case’ would not be first, warns state-run newspaper

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Top Chinese diplomats, military officers and scholars have been drawn into spying in recent years, a state newspaper warned on Thursday, in an editorial on the rumours surrounding the country’s ambassador to Iceland. The Global Times said several of the

NSA, GCHQ have secret access to German telecom networks – report

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US and UK intelligence services have secret access points for German telecom companies’ internal networks, Der Spiegel reports, citing slides created in the NSA’s ‘Treasure Map’ program used to get near-real-time visualization of the global internet. The latest scandal continues

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

Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

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MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday denounced Ukraine’s moves to join NATO and said it would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe. The stand

Nerves fray over CIA report’s release

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Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have been planning for months to release the findings of their investigation on the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program this fall. But with little more than 60 days until the midterm elections, a release of

FBI, Secret Service investigate reports of cyber attacks on U.S. banks

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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating media reports that several U.S. financial firms have been victims of recent cyber attacks. “We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported

CIA admits to spying on Senate staffers

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The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees spied on committee staff and reversing months of furious and public denials.

Canada Accuses China Of Hacking Into Its Main Computer Network

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Canada on Tuesday accused Chinese government-backed hackers of attempting to access its main computer network, but Beijing denied the accusations saying it had no role to play in the alleged act. The Canadian government reportedly claimed that a state-sponsored actor

Looking A New Job? Earn $175K As NSA Spokesman; Position Requires ‘Crisis Management’ Experience

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The US National Security Agency is hoping that a new spokesman will be able to help clean up the public relations mess created by years of widespread, indiscriminate surveillance on prominent members of the international community and American citizens alike

Silicon Valley sees hope in battle against NSA

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Tech companies and civil liberties groups are becoming more optimistic that the Senate will take major steps to rein in the National Security Agency this year. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday

China accuses U.S. of hypocrisy amid charges of economic espionage

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Chinese diplomats in Washington have accused the United States of hypocrisy after authorities in Beijing were charged with economic cyber-espionage earlier this week. Unresolved allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on a U.S. company’s Chinese competitor have resurfaced amid

CIA’s ‘harsh interrogations’ exceeded legal authority

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(Reuters) – A classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA's legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service reported on Thursday. The Central

Shady world of industrial espionage

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Tokyo – Japan vowed on Thursday to fight industrial espionage after domestic media reported technology and information from local companies, including chipmaker Toshiba, had been leaked to rivals from other countries. “Safeguarding Japan's cutting-edge technology and preventing leaks are extremely

American intelligence agencies disagreed on Russia threat in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies disagreed on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would order military intervention last week in Ukraine, officials said Tuesday, and the House Intelligence Committee is examining what caused the differing analyses. “We have begun a review

U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel – report

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(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday. Revelations