Tag: The Washington Post

US Sanctions on State-sponsored Cyberattacks May Be Drafted Soon

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The Obama administration is working on a series of actions, including economic sanctions and curbs on doing business in the U.S., to punish nations that persist in hacking its corporate computer networks, according to two administration officials with knowledge of

Obama administration considering ramping up CIA’s role in training Syria rebel fighters: report

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The CIA may be spending more time in Syria. The Obama administration is considering plans to ramp up the agency’s role in arming and training moderate rebel fighters in Syria, U.S. officials told the Washington Post. The expansion comes as

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

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Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history. That, anyway, was the conclusion of a couple

US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal

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The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day if it refused to hand over user data to the National Security Agency, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. In a blogpost, the company said the 1,500 pages of once-secret

Islamic State tortured James Foley, other Westerners with harsh CIA tactics

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The American photojournalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants was also tortured using some of the same methods employed by the CIA in its controversial, post-9/11 interrogation program. James Foley was subjected to waterboarding multiple times while being imprisoned

The CIA Activities and the Huge U.S. Military Offensive in Africa

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The CIA’s activities in Africa go and in hand with the huge U.S. military offensive on the continent. The agency “has maintained a continuing presence on the African continent into the 21st Century, engaging in various nefarious activities, including supporting foes

Lawyer for Edward Snowden says Russia letting NSA leaker stay for 3 more years

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National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia through the end of July 2017 after receiving a three-year residence permit, his lawyer said Thursday. Analtoly Kucherena was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that

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,

Why Obama Should Roll Heads at the CIA

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Heads should roll at the CIA, but not for the obvious reasons. Let’s review the cacophony of issues raised by the brutal post-911 interrogation program, including the CIA’s lies, cover-ups, and a Constitution-bending spying operation against Senate staffers. 1. An

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks

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One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries

Why Intelligence Whistleblowers Can’t Use Internal Channels

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Imagine a CIA agent who witnessed behavior that violated the Constitution, the law, and core human rights protections, like torturing a prisoner. What would we have her do? Government officials say that there are internal channels in place to protect

White House and Senate close to agreement on curbing NSA spying

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Even with the start of a month-long congressional recess only two weeks away, lawmakers in the United States Senate may soon vote on a long-awaited surveillance reform bill before heading home for the rest of summer. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy

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

Russian Security Expert: Snowden Is Leaving Out Key Details About Russian Spies Approaching Him

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Edward Snowden acknowledges that Russian spies offered to work with him when he arrived in Moscow and says he turned them down. But the former NSA systems administrator refuses to discuss the details. Greg Miller of The Washington Post reports

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.

Edward Snowden responds to release of e-mail by U.S. officials

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Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden responded to questions from The Washington Post following the release of an e-mail he had sent while working for the National Security Agency. Q: How do you respond to today’s NSA statement and the release

NSA contractors use LinkedIn profiles to cash in on national security

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NSA spies need jobs, too. And that is why many covert programs could be hiding in plain sight. Job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed.com contain hundreds of profiles that reference classified NSA efforts, posted by everyone from career government

The NSA’s Corporate Collaborators

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Emails published by Al Jazeera America, in addition to showing hi-tech executives and senior intelligence officials interacting on a casual first-name basis, reference a government program referred to as the Enduring Security Framework (ESF) [1]. An NPR piece on the

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