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New Zealand Prime Minister denied internet cables tapped by NSA

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John Key categorically ruled out any access of internet cables in New Zealand during questions about a visit from an engineer from the United States’ National Security Agency. The specific denial runs head on into a specific claim by journalist

U.S. drops contractor that did background checks for Snowden and Navy Yard shooter

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is dropping its largest security clearance contractor, U.S. Investigations Services LLC, which carried out background checks on Edward Snowden (pictured above) and the man who shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

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The National Security Agency is no doubt licking their lips over the potential intelligence trove of Google’s proposed fiber optic cable, which will span the Pacific Ocean from the U.S. to Japan. As a former NSA official told VentureBeat, “Easy to

How Secret Partners Expand NSA’s Surveillance Dragnet

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Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The classified

NSA Fires Back at Snowden and Claims His Email Didn’t Raise “Concerns About Wrongdoing”

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Update, Thursday, 2:25 EDT: The NSA has released the email it received from Edward Snowden on April 5, 2013. In the email, Snowden posed questions regarding a training session. He asked whether presidential executive orders supersede federal laws. He also asked

NSA Releases Email Snowden Sent Before Leaks

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The National Security Agency released an email Thursday from Edward Snowden to its Office of General Counsel, acknowledging for the first time that the former contractor had contacted officials within the agency before leaking information about widespread surveillance activities. Snowden

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 Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

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The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in

Three former NSA workers accused of aiding Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Three people at the National Security Agency have been implicated in Edward Snowden's efforts to copy classified material, including a civilian employee who resigned last month after acknowledging he allowed Snowden to use his computer ID, according to

German government faces legal action over NSA spying

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The German government and the German Federal Intelligence Service are facing legal action because they allegedly aided the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) data collection program. “We will send the legal action to the authorities next Monday,” said Constanze Kurz,

White House holding NSA gatherings with tech, lawmakers

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The White House is planning a series of meetings this week on NSA practices with members of Congress, the intelligence community and the technology industry as it prepares to unveil proposed surveillance reforms. President Barack Obama is due to meet

Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Tactics

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WASHINGTON—A presidential task force has drafted recommendations that constitute a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Agency, according to people familiar with the recommendations. The panel's draft proposals would change the spy agency's leadership from military to civilian and limit

NSA denies discussing Merkel phone surveillance with Obama

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The US National Security Agency was forced on Sunday to deny that its director ever discussed a surveillance operation against the German chancellor with President Barack Obama, as the White House tried to contain a full-scale diplomatic crisis over espionage

NSA director Keith Alexander and deputy expected to depart in early 2014

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The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a chance to reshape the eavesdropping agency. Army general

Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program

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It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband

US admits spying ‘questionable’ to angry Brazil

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he White House has admitted there are “legitimate questions” to be answered over US spying on its allies following claims that the National Security Agency (NSA) monitored the communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and hacked into the computer networks

Venezuelan leader: Pentagon, CIA involved in plot against country

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(CNN) — Venezuela's interim leader has upped the ante in his accusations about U.S. plots to destabilize his country, calling on President Barack Obama to investigate. "Factors in the Pentagon and the CIA" are conspiring as elections approach in the

China willing to talk with U.S. over cybersecurity

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BEIJING (AP) — China says it is willing to cooperate with the United States in cybersecurity after the U.S. called on it to take "serious steps" to stop cyberattacks. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying repeated China's assertion that it is

CIA Foiled Al-Qaeda Plane Attack

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The White House has confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recently thwarted a plot by Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to blow up a U.S.-bound airplane. U.S. officials say the bomb that was seized in the interrupted plot was similar

US to Resume Talks With North Korea

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U.S. officials will travel to China this month to hold talks with North Korea on nuclear issues, resuming a dialogue put on hold last year by the death of leader Kim Jong-Il. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Glyn Davies,