Tag: United Kingdom

Snowden Effect: Intel Agency Restrictions Reflects Global Spying Crackdown

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Following a wave of scandals, spy agencies around the world are coming under pressure to be more open about their actions. It follows the repealing of powers held by US services, with leaks like the Snowden revelations paving the way

The Dutch “Surveillance Kings of Europe” Are About to Get Even Nosier

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AMSTERDAM — When the exiled American whistleblower Edward Snowden dubbed the Dutch “the Surveillance Kings of Europe” earlier this year, he attracted little attention outside The Netherlands. But he was talking about an issue with global implications, not least for

UK ‘spied on Argentina’ over Falklands, claims Edward Snowden

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According to reports in the Argentine media, Britain was concerned that Argentina could launch another attempt to reclaim the Falkland Islands. The two nations fought a war over the islands in 1982. Last month the British government announced it was

GCHQ snooping laws need to be overhauled in wake of Snowden, report finds

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Snooping laws surrounding GCHQ and Britain’s spy agencies need to be overhauled in the wake of the Ed Snowden leaks, a major review has concluded. The intelligence agency does not have the authority or capability to collect and read everyone’s

Former NSA director: Charlie Hebdo attack was ‘kind of inevitable’

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The former NSA director general Michael Hayden said the Charlie Hebdo attack was “kind of inevitable” on Tuesday, and compared Islamist extremism to Ebola. “The fact of the matter is there’s a plague and people are going to get Ebola,”

New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for ‘Five Eyes’ and NSA, Snowden files show

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New Zealand is spying indiscriminately on its allies in the Pacific region and sharing the information with the US and the other “Five Eyes” alliance states, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden. The secret papers, published by the

NSA spying inquiry: UK-German intelligence-sharing dispute deepens

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Germany’s efforts to investigate National Security Agency (NSA) spying are being hampered by Britain’s refusal to co-operate amid threats to break off intelligence-sharing agreements, a German newspaper has reported. The claims note a heightening of tensions between Downing Street and

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

GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule

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A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others. It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices. But the

German loophole allows BND spy agency to snoop on own people

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German MPs examining the surveillance activities the US National Security Agency have found a legal loophole that allows the Berlin’s foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens. The agency, known by its German acronym BND, is not usually

Russian spy threat to troops’ phones and computers

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British troops on military exercise in Poland have been ordered not to take mobile phones or computers amid fears they will be targeted by Russian cyber spies. Troops have been warned of a “very clear and evident counter-intelligence threat” while

Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden

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The UK’s national security boss, Robert Hannigan, should come clean on surveillance and stop attacking technology companies, privacy experts have said. Intelligence agencies must use the debate sparked by Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations to overhaul their attitude to privacy and

UK intelligence agencies spying on lawyers in sensitive security cases

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The intelligence services have routinely been intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients in sensitive security cases, according to internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents. The information obtained may even have been exploited unlawfully and used by the

GCHQ views data without a warrant, government admits

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British intelligence services can access raw material collected in bulk by the NSA and other foreign spy agencies without a warrant, the government has confirmed for the first time. GCHQ’s secret “arrangements” for accessing bulk material are revealed in documents

ISIS teaches how to avoid NSA snooping in a tweet – report

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The Islamic State has released a manual instructing its members how to avoid revealing location and other data when using Twitter, according to reports. The militant group hopes to protect its fighters from the US National Security Agency’s surveillance. The

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

Canada to boost spy agency powers citing terror threat

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The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) will be able to track homegrown terror suspects abroad and have the identity of informants concealed according to draft amendments to the country’s 30-year-old law on surveillance. The amendments will be introduced next week,

Iran’s Former Intel Minister: Mossad, MI6, And CIA Created Islamic State

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A former Iranian minister of intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, has added his voice to the growing number of hard-line critics of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State militant group (IS) in Syria and Iraq. In an interview with Fars News,

With bad intelligence on Islamic State, West is flying in the dark

Only the day before the UK parliament’s controversial decision to re-engage British military forces in Iraq, the Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, claimed to have intelligence that Islamic State (IS) is preparing to attack subway systems in Paris and the

GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic spies

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GCHQ employs more than 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic ‘neuro-diverse’ spies to harness their analytical skills in the fight against terror. The British intelligence agency uses their ability to analyse complex information in a “dispassionate, logical and analytical” way to combat