Tag: Washington

US pressured Norway to arrest & extradite Snowden, seize all devices – documents

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The US repeatedly asked Norway to detain and deport whistleblower Edward Snowden if he tried to enter its territory in the aftermath of his leaks on mass US global surveillance, Norwegian media revealed citing formal requests. Norway’s Ministry of Foreign

CIA Runs Archipelago of Torture Around the World

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Gopal, who served as an Afghanistan correspondent for multiple US newspapers, explained that United States Army commanders in Afghanistan are “very well aware” of the torture practiced by Afghan security forces and warlords. According to international human right organizations, the United States co-opted up to

Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

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WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to

US unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Patriot Act surveillance law about to expire, the Obama administration is unveiling a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans‘ calls and emails. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

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 orders intelligence agency to fix flaws in operations

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BERLIN, April 23 (Reuters) – The German government has ordered its foreign intelligence agency to address flaws in some of its operations, after Der Spiegel reported that agency officials indirectly helped U.S. agencies spy on European firms such as defence

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate

CIA’s Brennan: Iran knows it would face consequences for nuclear program

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WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan said Iran realizes that it will face “tremendous costs and consequences” if it decides to move ahead with an effort to develop nuclear weapons. “I think they realize

A third of U.S. shield data from gov’t in wake of Snowden

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of Americans have taken action to shield their personal data from government surveillance programs that monitor phone and electronic communications, says a Pew Research Center poll released Monday. Those actions include strengthening privacy settings on

Pakistan poses strategic, tactical challenges to policy makers: CIA

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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) identified Pakistan as one of the countries that poses strategic and tactical challenges to policy makers. “Developments in a host of countries across the globe are raising strategic and tactical challenges for policymakers and our

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,”

Senate torture report: An exception in CIA oversight

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 interrogations shows how a rigorous examination of a secret agency can expose misconduct, incompetence and bureaucratic spin, even to those who question the investigation’s assertion that torture did not

CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable and close espionage gaps amid widespread concerns about the spy agency’s limited insights into a series of

Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General’s extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

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Washington — In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. David Cohen, whose appointment as deputy

Obama Administration Charges Most Whistleblowers in US History

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama’s administration has charged almost three times more whistleblowers than the rest US administrations all together, according to Reporters Without Borders’s report issued on Thursday. “No fewer than 8 whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning, have been charged under the Espionage Act

West behind falling ruble and oil prices – Russian spy chief

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Washington and its allies are pursuing a regime change policy towards Russia, deliberately introducing sanctions and attacking the ruble through manipulation of world oil prices, the head of Russia’s external intelligence agency has said. Mikhail Fradkov, the head of the

Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission To Destroy Evidence?

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WASHINGTON — In mid-January of this year, a small request was slipped quietly to the National Archives and Records Administration, the lord of the U.S. government’s record-keeping operations. One government agency’s method for storing documents was clogging up its system,

Landmark bill to limit NSA surveillance dies in Senate

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It’s done. The USA Freedom Act has died in the 113th Congress. I’ve just filed a broader piece on this, but I thought I might offer some thoughts — questions, really — on what happens next. Does the Obama administration

US spy chief describes cloak-and-dagger mission to N. Korea (+video)

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Washington — When US spy chief James Clapper flew to North Korea on a mission to bring home two US captives, he ran into a potential hitch. North Korean officials wanted a diplomatic concession of some sort in return for