Security Agencies

  • US surveillance programs threaten freedom of the Press, says report July 29, 2014

    Washington: US surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the Press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the Press and the right to legal counsel, Human Rights...
  • US spying allegations are serious, says German Chancellor Angela Merkel July 7, 2014

    Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about. The case risks further straining ties with Washington, which have been...
  • Reports of BJP being spied upon by NSA embarrassing, says US Senator John McCain July 3, 2014

    US Senator John McCain who is in India on a two-day visit has told CNN-IBN that reports of the Bharatiya Janata Party being spied upon by the National Security Agency is embarrassing. Speaking to CNN-IBN, he has also admitted that there is a need for more judicial and Congressional supervision...
  • US privacy board says NSA Internet spying program is effective but worrying July 2, 2014

    The US National Security Agency (NSA)'s data collection program has been an effective tool to enhance the country's security but some elements of the cyber-spying raises privacy concerns, a US federal privacy watchdog said in a report. Privacy issues have become a hot topic since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed...
  • India summons US diplomats over snooping of BJP, calls it unnaceptable July 2, 2014

    New Delhi: India has strongly taken up the issue of the US National Security Agency spying upon the Bharatitya Janata Party and has summoned US diplomats. The government has called the snooping of the BJP 'unacceptable' and has sought assurance from the US that it will not happen again. However, officials...
  • US NSA spied upon BJP, 5 other foreign political parties, 193 governments July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was one of the six foreign political parties that was spied upon by the United States of America's National Security Agency according to documents published by whistleblower Edward Snowden through the Washington Post. According to the documents, which have also been accessed by...
  • Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for US spying coverage April 15, 2014

    New York: The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the US National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. Reuters won in international reporting for its coverage of the violent persecution of a Muslim minority...
  • Edward Snowden says 'significant threats' to his life January 27, 2014

    Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports that US government officials want to assassinate him for leaking secret documents about the NSA's collection of telephone records and emails. In what German public broadcaster ARD said was Snowden's first television interview, Snowden also said...
  • NSA also involved in industrial espionage: Edward Snowden January 27, 2014

    Berlin: Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage. In the interview aired on Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the US, but had nothing...
  • US: Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying January 18, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama's orders to change some US surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from...
  • Barack Obama likely to approve surveillance changes: officials January 15, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific details to Congress, according to three US officials familiar with the White House intelligence review. In a highly anticipated speech...
  • Snowden worked at US Embassy in Delhi: report January 14, 2014

    Washington: Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden worked at the US Embassy in India and took a course in "ethical hacking" in Delhi, about three years before he leaked the NSA's surveillance programmes that embarrassed the Obama administration. Snowden was in India in his capacity as a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor "to...
  • Apple says never worked with National Security Agency on iPhone hacks January 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple Inc has never worked with the US National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to target its smartphones, the company said in response to reports that the spy agency had developed a system to hack into and monitor iPhones. Germany's Der Spiegel reported this week that a...
  • NSA phone surveillance legal, says New York judge December 28, 2013

    A federal judge on Friday found that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is legal and a valuable part of the nation's arsenal to counter the threat of terrorism. The decision contrasts with a ruling earlier this month by another US district court judge, Richard...
  • US: NSA releases more documents on surveillance records of Al-Qaida December 22, 2013

    Washington: The director of national intelligence declassified more documents that outline how the National Security Agency was first authorised to start collecting bulk phone and Internet records in the hunt for al-Qaida terrorists and how a court eventually gained oversight of the program, after the Justice Department complied with a...
  • US: NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional December 17, 2013

    Washington: A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the US Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal. US District Court Judge Richard Leon, on Monday, granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman...
  • Google, Apple, Facebook push for limits on government surveillance December 9, 2013

    Bangalore: Eight US web giants have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies - Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter, LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc - issued an open...
  • NSA collects 5 billion cell phone records globally per day December 5, 2013

    Washington: America's secretive National Security Agency is collecting nearly five billion cell phone records a day about the precise locations of individuals, including non-US citizens, a media report said on Thursday. The startling revelations by The Washington Post are based on the classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former...
  • Edward Snowden seeks the world's help against US charges November 2, 2013

    Berlin: The US refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on "automatic pilot" and went too far. Snowden made his appeal for US clemency in a letter released Friday by a German...
  • Snowden writes to Germans to seek support in spy row November 1, 2013

    Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has told Germany he is counting on international support to stop Washington's 'persecution' of him for revealing the scale of its worldwide phone and Internet surveillance. In an open letter to a country at the centre of the row over US spying on allies, Snowden...
  • Edward Snowden finds job with Russian website October 31, 2013

    Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, has found a job with a website, The Guardian quoted his lawyer as saying on Thursday. "Edward starts work in November," Anatoly Kucherena said, according to state-run news agency RIA. "He will provide support for a...
  • US monitored mails, phone calls in Netherlands, says Dutch minister October 31, 2013

    Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk has revealed that he received a letter from the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US confirming the monitoring of mail and phone traffic in the Netherlands. After negative reactions from Spain, Germany and France, the Netherlands had so far kept...
  • US NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month, claims newspaper October 28, 2013

    The US National Security Agency (NSA) recently tracked over 60 million calls in Spain in the space of a month, a Spanish newspaper said on Monday, citing a document which it said formed part of papers obtained from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Spain's government has so far said it was not...
  • Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010, says newspapers October 28, 2013

    A German newspaper said on Sunday that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. Germany received information this week that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had...
  • France summons US ambassador over spying report October 21, 2013

    Luxembourg/Paris: France summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the US National Security Agency. The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of French telephone records risked turning into a diplomatic row just as US Secretary...
  • Snowden says he took no secret files to Russia: Reports October 18, 2013

    Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he did not bring any of the documents he took from the agency with him to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Snowden told the newspaper he gave all the documents to journalists he met in Hong Kong before flying to...
  • US spy agencies face big layoffs in government shutdown October 2, 2013

    More than 70 percent of the civilians working for US spy agencies have been deemed "non-essential" employees and face temporary layoffs due to the government shutdown that began on Tuesday, three officials familiar with the matter said. The agencies affected are the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Director of National...
  • Taliban claim prisoners swap with Pakistan military September 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Taliban on Wednesday claimed to have exchanged three security men of the Pakistani military in the tribal region of Waziristan for the release of six Taliban fighters. However, the Pakistani Army rubbished such a claim. The Taliban handed over three security men while securing release of six Taliban members, a...
  • Edward Snowden travelled to India before 2011: Report August 29, 2013

    CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America's most closely guarded secrets, had travelled to India before 2011 but did not report the trip during his background-check process. "The background checkers failed to verify Snowden's account of a past security violation and his work for the CIA, they didn't thoroughly probe...
  • US admits surveillance operations overstepped legal limits due to 'technical problems' August 22, 2013

    The National Security Agency spied on electronic communications between Americans in a program that was later scrapped after a judge ruled it illegal in 2011, US officials said on Thursday. A senior official who spoke on condition of anonymity told reporters that the surveillance collection was "a result of a technological...