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Report: NSA tracked 60 million phone calls in Spain in single month

U.S. security services tracked 60 million telephone calls in Spain in a single month, according to leaked document published Monday in a leading Spanish newspaper. The National Security Agency tracked the origin and destination of calls and their duration, U.S. blogger Glenn Greenwald said in a story in El Mundo,…

Anti-spying groups rally against NSA in ‘Stop Watching Us’ march

A loose coalition of groups assembled in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on Saturday to protest the National Security Agency’s blanket spying on citizens. According to The Hill, the “Stop Watching Us” rally was held Saturday on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act. Supporters of Libertarians Ron…

CIA suspected Edward Snowden was trying to break into files

While working for the CIA, Edward Snowden was suspected of trying to break into files he did not have access to, but a report from his supervisor on this went unheeded, a newspaper said Thursday night. The New York Times said Snowden’s supervisor wrote a derogatory report on him in…

NSA chief open to letting an independent agency store phone data

The National Security Agency’s director said Tuesday he is open to storing telephone records in a neutral “repository” to alleviate concerns about government snooping. General Keith Alexander, speaking about the controversy over bulk collection of phone “metadata” said his personal view is that more transparency would help restore public trust…

NSA employees used surveillance system to spy on spouses, lovers

The National Security Agency has revealed at least a dozen instances of employees using their surveillance powers to snoop on their lovers or spouses. The agency’s inspector general responded to an inquiry by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) about possible abuses of the controversial surveillance capabilities, listing 12 substantiated cases of…

NSA chief defends his agency’s ‘noble mission’ to defend the U.S.

The head of the National Security Agency Wednesday defended US surveillance programs as part of a “noble” mission to protect the nation and said reports on them were “sensationalized.” “The future of this country depends on our ability to defend against cyber attacks and terrorist threats, and we need the…

NSA tells families of employees: Media outlets have sensationalized leaks

The National Security Agency has sent a letter to its employees’ family members, in an effort to “reassure” relatives about the agency’s work. The letter, signed by NSA director General Keith Alexander and deputy director John Inglis, is dated 13 September and is addressed to “NSA/CSS family”. It characterises press…

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff accuses U.S. of spying for ‘economic’ interests

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff accused the United States of spying on oil giant Petrobras for its own “economic and strategic” reasons — not for national security. The latest allegations of online snooping by the National Security Agency emerged Sunday night when TV Globo reported Brazilian oil giant Petrobras — world…

Worse than PRISM: the NSA’s war against Internet encryption

The National Security Agency (NSA) has compromised encryption software needed to ensure the privacy of Americans’ day-to-day Internet activity, in part through a “breakthrough” in 2010 allowing for the mining of data through Internet cable taps, as well as secret backdoor access into commercial encryption programs, according to joint reports…

One fifth of CIA job applicants with suspect backgrounds have ‘significant terrorist’ connections: Washington Post

Al-Qaeda and other hostile groups have repeatedly sought to infiltrate US intelligence agencies, which are investigating thousands of their employees to counter the threat, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The CIA found that about a fifth of job applicants with suspect backgrounds had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections,”…

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