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Canadian embassies eavesdrop, leak says - The Globe and Mail
COLIN FREEZE

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Oct. 29 2013

In 1995, former CSEC employee Mike Frost wrote in his memoir, Spyworld, that he set up “listening posts” at Canadian embassies. His book says CSEC signals intelligence technicians during the Cold War were funded and mentored by NSA counterparts who taught them how to conceal a piece of spy machinery inside what appeared to be an office safe.
CSE  sigint  security_&_intelligence  NSA  Five_Eyes  diplomacy  espionage  eavesdropping  books  memoirs 
october 2013 by jerryking
Spying Known at Top Levels, Officials Say - NYTimes.com
October 29, 2013 | NYT | By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT.

Mr. Clapper and the agency’s director, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, vigorously rejected suggestions that the agency was a rogue institution, trawling for information on ordinary citizens and leaders of America’s closest allies, without the knowledge of its Washington overseers.

Their testimony came amid mounting questions about how the N.S.A. collects information overseas, with Republicans and Democrats calling for a congressional review, lawmakers introducing a bill that would curb its activities and Mr. Obama poised to impose his own constraints, particularly on monitoring the leaders of friendly nations. At the same time, current and former American intelligence officials say there is a growing sense of anger with the White House for what they see as attempts to pin the blame for the controversy squarely on them.

General Alexander said news media reports that the N.S.A. had vacuumed up tens of millions of telephone calls in France, Italy and Spain were “completely false.” That data, he said, is at least partly collected by the intelligence services of those countries and provided to the N.S.A.

Still, both he and Mr. Clapper said that spying on foreign leaders — even those of allies — was a basic tenet of intelligence tradecraft and had gone on for decades. European countries, Mr. Clapper said, routinely seek to listen in on the conversations of American leaders.
security_&_intelligence  espionage  Europe  sigint  NSA  leaders  eavesdropping  spymasters  James_Clapper  spycraft 
october 2013 by jerryking
Obama calls Hollande as U.S. spy scandal widens to include France - The Globe and Mail
DEB RIECHMANN and KIMBERLY DOZIER

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press

Published Monday, Oct. 21 2013,

U.S. President Barack Obama called French President François Hollande on Monday and discussed France’s anger over reported aggressive surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency...Keeping tabs on allies is classic spy craft but the sweep and scope of the NSA program have irritated Germany, Britain, Brazil, and most recently Mexico and France....The report in Le Monde, co-written by Glenn Greenwald, who originally revealed the surveillance program based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, found that when certain numbers were used, the conversations were automatically recorded. The surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words, Le Monde reported, based on records from Dec. 10 to Jan 7.

The French government, which wants the surveillance to cease, also renewed demands for talks on protection of personal data.
Obama  espionage  security_&_intelligence  NSA  sigint  France  French  surveillance  spycraft  eavesdropping 
october 2013 by jerryking
The Solitary Leaker - NYTimes.com
By DAVID BROOKS
Published: June 10, 2013

If you live a life unshaped by the mediating institutions of civil society, perhaps it makes sense to see the world a certain way: Life is not embedded in a series of gently gradated authoritative structures: family, neighborhood, religious group, state, nation and world. Instead, it’s just the solitary naked individual and the gigantic and menacing state.

This lens makes you more likely to share the distinct strands of libertarianism that are blossoming in this fragmenting age: the deep suspicion of authority, the strong belief that hierarchies and organizations are suspect, the fervent devotion to transparency, the assumption that individual preference should be supreme. You’re more likely to donate to the Ron Paul for president campaign, as Snowden did.
NSA  David_Brooks  security_&_intelligence  wiretaps  eavesdropping  libertarians  whistleblowing 
june 2013 by jerryking
Rajat Gupta Trial May Hinge on Fate of Three Key Wiretaps - WSJ.com
May 11, 2012 | WSJ | By MICHAEL ROTHFELD And REED ALBERGOTTI.

U.S. vs. Gupta: The Wiretaps
Insider-Trading Trial of Ex-Goldman Director Could Swing on Admissibility.

Beyond simply explaining the calls between Messrs. Gupta and Rajaratnam, the tapes are the kind of high-impact evidence that can often sway jurors, according to experts on defense strategies.

"It allows the government to tell the story in more depth," said Michael Weinstein, a white-collar attorney at Cole Schotz in Hackensack, N.J., and a former prosecutor. "It's unvarnished, and juries like that."

Mark J. Stein, a defense attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, said the tapes are "critically important" because without them, the government will have to ask jurors to make the leap that Mr. Gupta must have tipped Mr. Rajaratnam because of suspiciously timed phone calls and trades.

"It brings some meat to what otherwise seems to be a very circumstantial case," he said.
wiretaps  eavesdropping  Rajat_Gupta  legal_strategies  Raj_Rajaratnam 
may 2012 by jerryking
In Kim Jong-il Death, an Extensive Intelligence Failure - NYTimes.com
By MARK LANDLER and CHOE SANG-HUN
Published: December 19, 2011

“We have clear plans about what to do if North Korea attacks, but not if the North Korean regime unravels,” said Michael J. Green, a former Asia adviser in the Bush administration. “Every time you do these scenarios, one of the first objectives is trying to find out what’s going on inside North Korea.”

In many countries, that would involve intercepting phone calls between government officials or peering down from spy satellites. And indeed, American spy planes and satellites scan the country. Highly sensitive antennas along the border between South and North Korea pick up electronic signals. South Korean intelligence officials interview thousands of North Koreans who defect to the South each year.

And yet remarkably little is known about the inner workings of the North Korean government. Pyongyang, officials said, keeps sensitive information limited to a small circle of officials, who do not talk.
security_&_intelligence  failure  North_Korea  South_Korea  U.S.  SIGINT  scenario-planning  contingency_planning  eavesdropping 
december 2011 by jerryking
Leak Offers Look at Efforts by U.S. to Spy on Israel - NYTimes.com
Sept. 5, 2011 | NYT | By SCOTT SHANE. Shamai Leibowitz, an FBI
translator, sentenced to 20 mths in prison last yr. for leaking
classified info. to a blogger. The info. detailed concerns re.Israel’s
efforts to influence Congress & public opinion, & fears that
Israel might strike nuclear facilities in Iran...While the U.S. govt.
routinely eavesdrops on some embassies inside the U.S., intelligence
collection against allies is always politically delicate, especially one
as close as Israel...The FBI listens in on foreign embassies &
officials in the U.S. chiefly to track foreign spies, though any
intelligence it obtains on other matters is passed on to the CIA &
other agencies. The intercepts are carried out by the FBI’s Operational
Tech. Division, according to Matthew Aid, a writer who describes the
monitoring in a book, “Intel Wars,” to be published in January...Treated
as highly classified by the FBI, the fact that the U.S. spies on Israel
is taken for granted by intelligence experts.
espionage  security_&_intelligence  Israeli  CIA  FBI  NSA  translations  intercepts  Israel  eavesdropping  books  covert_operations  wiretaps 
september 2011 by jerryking

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