Tag: UK government

Britain Just ‘Found’ Another 170,000 Unlawfully Witheld Government Files

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The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has uncovered a staggering 170,000 historic files that are overdue for review and release to the British public, VICE News has learned. On January 21, the FCO’s Minister for Europe David Lidington notified parliament that

The Guardian view on MPs and the Edward Snowden agenda

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Last weekend, Edward Snowden reminded a London audience that Britain continues to operate a communications surveillance system in which almost anything goes and to which there are no real limits. Britain’s regulatory regime, he told the Observer Ideas festival, was

‘Five Eyes’ surveillance pact should be published, Strasbourg court told

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The secret “Five Eyes” treaty that authorises intelligence sharing between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand should be published, according to an appeal lodged on Tuesday at the European court of human rights. The application by Privacy International

GCHQ protest due over surveillance case

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Hundreds are expected to arrive for the demonstration in Cheltenham, organised by the We Are Anonymous group. They are supporting a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services. The

UK ambassador ‘lobbied’ US senators to obscure Britain’s complicity in CIA rendition program

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Records published under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act have compounded concerns that the UK government lobbied US officials to keep Britain’s role in CIA torture and rendition out of a soon-to-be published Senate report. Newly-released data reveals Britain’s ambassador

Julian Assange tells SXSW audience: ‘NSA has grown to be a rogue agency’

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The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Saturday told an audience in Texas that people power is the key to rolling back the power of the National Security Agency and other surveillance agencies. “We have to do something about it. All

Spying on British citizens by US intelligence was allowed by Blair’s government – and still goes on

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Tony Blair’s government gave America permission to store and analyse the email, mobile phone and internet records of potentially millions of innocent Britons. At the same time US security officials drew up plans to spy on British citizens unilaterally, without