WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’ | Media | The Guardian

The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeaks published what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices.

Fuente: WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’ | Media | The Guardian


Servicio de inteligencia alemán recluta “espías 2.0” capaces de anticiparse a hackers – El Mostrador

los servicios secretos germanos han lanzado en su página web una especie de concurso llamado “Sherlock Holmes en el ciberespacio”, con el que pretenden encontrar jóvenes talentos que puedan hacer frente a los riesgos de futuro gracias a su destreza con las nuevas tecnologías.

Fuente: Servicio de inteligencia alemán recluta “espías 2.0” capaces de anticiparse a hackers – El Mostrador


My Friend Cayla: la muñeca prohibida en Alemania que espía a tu familia

La línea de muñecas “My Friend Cayla” ha sido prohibida en Alemania, luego que el gobierno del país europeo descubriera que éstas eran utilizadas para grabar y guardar datos de sus usuarios sin su consentimiento.

Fuente: My Friend Cayla: la muñeca prohibida en Alemania que espía a tu familia


Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data | Technology | The Guardian

National data protection authority blocks recent privacy changes made by social network and commands existing shared data and phone numbers be deleted for 35 million users

Fuente: Germany orders Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp user data | Technology | The Guardian


German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian

Checking smartphones of those without passports among measures announced by the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière

Fuente: German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian


Germany to further curb activities of spy agency in wake of NSA scandal | World news | The Guardian

Germany has approved new measures to rein in the activities of its foreign intelligence agency after a scandal over improper collusion with the US National Security Agency.

Fuente: Germany to further curb activities of spy agency in wake of NSA scandal | World news | The Guardian


Ejército alemán contará con una división contra ataques cibernéticos – El Mostrador

El Ejército alemán contará con una división encargada de combatir los ataques cibernéticos, anunció esta semana la ministra de Defensa Ursula von der Leyen.

Fuente: Ejército alemán contará con una división contra ataques cibernéticos – El Mostrador


El escándalo de espionaje pone en apuros al Gobierno de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS

El escándalo de espionaje pone en apuros al Gobierno de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


La colaboración entre los servicios secretos de Alemania y EE UU desata una tormenta política

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La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, en un acto en Berlín el 29 de abril. / JOHN MACDOUGALL (AFP)

El escándalo va creciendo hasta convertirse en una seria amenaza para la canciller Angela Merkel. Todo comenzó hace una semana, con la publicación de que los servicios secretos alemanes habían colaborado con sus colegas estadounidenses para espiar a algunas empresas y políticos. Pero el goteo de revelaciones ha ido subiendo la temperatura política en Alemania hasta que el jueves estalló una bomba de gran potencial destructivo para las relaciones de Berlín con sus socios europeos.

Según el Süddeutsche Zeitung, los estadounidenses se valieron de las instalaciones del BND —los servicios secretos alemanes— para espiar a altos funcionarios de instituciones tan relevantes como la Presidencia de la República Francesa, el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores francés o la Comisión Europea. Consultados por EL PAÍS, los portavoces del Gobierno ni confirman ni desmienten la información con el argumento de que no pueden interferir en una investigación parlamentaria.

La información, publicada también por las cadenas de televisión NDR y WDR, ha sacudido la política berlinesa. Ya no se trata solo de que los espías alemanes dieran alguna información aislada a la Agencia Nacional de Seguridadestadounidense, la famosa NSA. Las denuncias son ahora más graves. A la sospecha cada vez más fundada de queel ministro del Interior, Thomas de Maizière, mintió al Parlamento sobre el caso, se une la acusación de haber vulnerado la ley para pasar información sobre socios y teóricos amigos en un periodo indeterminado que podría ir de 2002 hasta 2013.

La líder alemana tiene ahora que decidir si cede a la presión y deja caer alguna cabeza. Podría ser la del presidente del BND, Gerhard Schindel. O incluso la del propio De Maizière, uno de sus hombres de confianza, que lo ha sido todo en los tres Gabinetes Merkel: primero jefe de la Cancillería, luego ministro de Defensa y en la última legislatura, titular de Interior.


Cover-up claims over revelation that Germany spied on EU partners for US | World news | The Guardian

Cover-up claims over revelation that Germany spied on EU partners for US | World news | The Guardian.

 The German secret service’s monitoring station in Bad Aibling, Bavaria.
The German secret service’s monitoring station in Bad Aibling, Bavaria. Photograph: Diether Endlicher/EPA

Germany has been spying and eavesdropping on its closest partners in the EU and passing the information to the US for more than a decade, a parliamentary inquiry in Berlin has found, triggering allegations of lying and cover-ups reaching to the very top of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration.

There was outrage in Germany two years ago over the revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden of US and British surveillance activities in Europe. The fresh disclosures are embarrassing for Berlin, which stands accused of hypocrisy in its protests about America spying on its allies.

“You don’t spy on your friends,” said Merkel when it was made known to her that her mobile phone was being monitored by the US National Security Agency (NSA). Since then, both sides have been embroiled in arguments about data privacy, with much talk among officials and diplomats of a collapse of German trust in the Americans.

But according to reports on a confidential Bundestag committee of inquiry into the NSA scandal, under a 2002 pact between German intelligence (BND) and theNSA, Berlin used its largest electronic eavesdropping facility in Bavaria to monitor email and telephone traffic at the Élysée Palace, the offices of the French president, and of key EU institutions in Brussels including the European commission.

Thomas de Maizière, the interior minister and a Merkel confidant, is in the firing line for allegedly lying about or covering up the German collaboration with the Americans. The minister has denied the allegations robustly and promised to answer before the parliamentary inquiry “the sooner the better”.

The best-selling tabloid Bildzeitung depicted de Maiziere as Pinocchio this week and accused him of “lying with impunity”. From 2005-9 he served as Merkel’s chief of staff, the post in Berlin that exercises authority over the BND. He is said to have been told of the spying activities in 2008.

German media reports are asserting that if De Maizière knew what was going on he has covered it up, and that if he did not know he was failing in his job while the BND ranged out of political control.

According to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the public broadcasters WDR and NDR, citing information from the closed parliamentary inquiry, the BND’s biggest listening post at Bad Aibling in Bavaria “was abused for years for NSA spying on European states”.


La fiscalía alemana investiga si los servicios secretos espiaron para la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La fiscalía alemana investiga si los servicios secretos espiaron para la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Según ‘Spiegel Online’, el BND informó al espionaje de EE UU sobre políticos europeos

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Merkel, este viernes en el Bundestag / BRITTA PEDERSEN (EFE)

El polémico y famoso servicio de inteligencia federal de Alemania (BND por sus siglas en alemán) tiene desde el jueves pasado un problema que le puede costar el cargo a su presidente, Gerhard Schindel, y enfrentar a la cancillería a incómodas preguntas que, por el momento, no tienen respuestas. Ese día, Spiegel Online reveló que la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad estadounidense (NSA) ha realizado durante años una exitosa labor de vigilancia y espionaje en Europa gracias a la interesada ayuda de sus colegas alemanas del BND. La fiscalía alemana ya está investigando el caso.

El nuevo escándalo que está causando furor en Berlín se inició cuando los técnicos de la NSA, posiblemente hace 10 años, le entregaron a sus colegas del BND los llamados “selectores”, una herramienta informática que incluye números de teléfonos móviles, direcciones IP de conexiones informáticas y direcciones de correo electrónico, que le permitieron al BND espiar a políticos y empresas europeas. Las informaciones que obtuvieron los espías alemanes fueron entregadas a la NSA.

Según informaciones de la prensa alemana, los agentes del BND encargados de realizar el trabajo sucio para la NSA se percataron en 2008 que los “selectores” estaban diseñados para realizar un trabajo de vigilancia y espionaje que no estaba permitido por las disposiciones legales que regulan el trabajo del servicio alemán, ni tampoco por los acuerdos suscritos entre Berlin y Washington y que regulan la lucha contra el terrorismo internacional. En lugar de informar a la cancillería, el BND siguió colaborando con la NSA.


US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says – The Intercept

US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says – The Intercept.

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German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (above) said this week in Homburg that the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said.

The vice chancellor delivered a speech in which he praised the journalists who worked on the Snowden archive, and then lamented the fact that Snowden was forced to seek refuge in “Vladimir Putin’s autocratic Russia” because no other nation was willing and able to protect him from threats of imprisonment by the U.S. government (I was present at the event to receive an award). That prompted an audience member to interrupt his speech and yell out: “Why don’t you bring him to Germany, then?”

There has been a sustained debate in Germany over whether to grant asylum to Snowden, and a major controversy arose last year when a Parliamentary Committee investigating NSA spying divided as to whether to bring Snowden to testify in person, and then narrowly refused at the behest of the Merkel government. In response to the audience interruption, Gabriel claimed that Germany would be legally obligated to extradite Snowden to the U.S. if he were on German soil.

Afterward, however, when I pressed the vice chancellor (who is also head of the Social Democratic Party, as well as the country’s economy and energy minister) as to why the German government could not and would not offer Snowden asylum — which, under international law, negates the asylee’s status as a fugitive — he told me that the U.S. government had aggressively threatened the Germans that if they did so, they would be “cut off” from all intelligence sharing. That would mean, if the threat were carried out, that the Americans would literally allow the German population to remain vulnerable to a brewing attack discovered by the Americans by withholding that information from their government.


British refusal to cooperate with spy inquiry causes row in Germany | World news | The Guardian

British refusal to cooperate with spy inquiry causes row in Germany | World news | The Guardian.

Angela Merkel Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Downing Street and the German chancellery are embroiled in a worsening dispute over intelligence-sharing and the covert counter-terrorism campaign because of conflicts arising from the surveillance scandals surrounding the US National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ.

According to German newspaper reports citing government and intelligence officials in Berlin, the Bundestag’s inquiry into the NSA controversy is being jeopardised by Britain’s refusal to cooperate and its threats to break off all intelligence-sharing with Berlin should the committee reveal any UK secrets.

The weekly magazine Focus reported last month that a national security aide to David Cameron had written to Peter Altmaier, Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, refusing all requests for help in the inquiry and warning that Britain would cease supplying terrorism-related intelligence to the Germans unless Berlin yielded.

It emerged during the NSA revelations that the Americans had hacked into Merkel’s mobile phone, generating outrage in Germany and feeding growing anti-American sentiment.

Internationally, the BND, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, is viewed as less than vigorous. In the secret war on terror, the Germans are said to be dependent on signals intelligence from the British and the Americans.


Los editores alemanes piden una tasa a Google como la española | España | EL PAÍS

Los editores alemanes piden una tasa a Google como la española | España | EL PAÍS.

Alemania revive la derrota que sufrieron sus editores contra el gigante estadounidense

A mediados de octubre, unos 200 editores y medios alemanes decidieron llevar a la práctica una ley aprobada en 2013 y declararon la guerra a Google. / DARREN STAPLES (REUTERS)

La aprobación de la reforma a la ley de propiedad intelectual en España, queobliga a Google a pagar a los editores de prensa una tasa por cada información indexada, ha revivido en Alemania una larga y humillante derrota que sufrieron los editores del país contra el gigante estadounidense. En declaraciones a la agencia DPA, el vicepresidente de la Asociación Europea de Editores de Periódicos, el alemán Valdo Lehari Jr., director de Reutlinger,ha pedido al Gobierno alemán que endurezca la ley de propiedad intelectual para defender los contenidos frente a Google. “La ley española es clara y no tiene las flaquezas de la ley alemana de protección de la propiedad intelectual de editores de prensa”, dijo Lehari. “La decisión de Google de cerrar su servicio de noticias en España muestra que la nueva legislación española es eficaz”.

Los editores alemanes tienen, sin embargo, un problema diferente. A mediados de octubre pasado, unos 200 editores y medios alemanes, incluida la poderosa Axel Springer, decidieron llevar a la práctica una ley aprobada en 2013 y declararon la guerra a Google. Abandonaron Google News para obligar a la empresa a pagar una tasa por aparecer en el agregador de noticias. La revuelta fracasó cuando Springer, que publica el diario Bild, el de mayor venta en Alemania y Europa, constató que había perdido el 40% del tráfico en su web y el 80% de sus visitas desde Google News.

La revuelta duró tres semanas y acabó cuando Axel Springer anunció, el 5 de noviembre, que desistía de su intento de impedir que Google utilizara extractos de sus periódicos. “Nos hemos sacado a nosotros mismos del mercado”, admitió entonces el consejero delegado de la editorial, Mathias Döpfner, reconociendo que su intento de continuar con sus exigencias de pago de derechos de autor al gigante estadounidense solo acarrearía consecuencias negativas para su grupo. “Es quizás el error más exitoso que jamás hemos tomado. Ahora sabemos con precisión lo demoledoras que son las consecuencias de esta discriminación y también como funciona Google”, dijo Döpfner, en un gesto que prácticamente dejó sin efecto la ley de propiedad intelectual que había entrado en vigor el año pasado.


Court rejects attempt to allow Edward Snowden into Germany | US news | The Guardian

Court rejects attempt to allow Edward Snowden into Germany | US news | The Guardian.

Opposition parties wanted Snowden to give evidence in person to a parliamentary committee investigating NSA espionage

 

 

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden. Photograph: Guardian

 

Attempts by opposition parties in Germany to bring Edward Snowden to Berlin to give evidence about the NSA’s operations have been thwarted by the country’s highest court.

 

The Green and Left parties wanted the whistleblower to give evidence in person to a parliamentary committee investigating espionage by the US agency, but Germany’s constitutional court ruled against them on Friday.

 

The government has argued that Snowden’s presence in Germany could impair relations with the US and put it under pressure to extradite him.

 

It has suggested sending the committee – which consists of eight MPs – to interview him in Moscow, where Snowden is living in exile. Snowden has said through a lawyer that he is prepared to speak to the panel only if permitted to do so in Germany.


Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany | Technology | The Guardian

Car sharing service Uber banned in Germany | Technology | The Guardian.

Company could face €250,000 fine per ride after Taxi Deutschland sues app-makers for violating transport laws

 

 

Taxis in Germany

Uber has been banned in Germany after Taxi Deutschland sued the company. Photograph: Gero Breloer/AP

 

The online car-sharing service Uber has vowed to continue operating across Germany after its mobile app was banned by a Frankfurt regional court.

The ruling that the app violates the country’s Passenger Transportation Act applies nationwide, according to legal experts. The temporary ban remains in place until a full hearing takes place, and Uber could face a €250,000 (£198,000) fine per ride.

But Uber vowed to keep the app online regardless. “You cannot put the brakes on progress,” the company said. “Uber will continue its operations and will offer Uberpop ride-sharing services via its app throughout Germany.” It promised to appeal against the decision and would, if necessary, “exhaust all the legal possibilities”.

The case against Uber was brought by the Taxi Deutschland Servicegesellschaft company, which offers a rival app that links users to registered taxi drivers. The company argued that Uber was not operating a legitimate service because its drivers did not have the correct permits, were not properly insured, and were not subject to checks. German law allows drivers without a commercial licence to pick up passengers only if they charge no more than the operating cost of the trip.


Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations | World news | The Guardian

Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations | World news | The Guardian.

Ankara demands explanation following media reports Turkish politicians surveillance target for intelligence agency since 2009

 

 

BND monitoring base near Munic

A BND monitoring base near Munich. The Turkey claims come as reports say the agency ‘accidentally’ listened in on calls of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP

 

Turkey has summoned the German ambassador to demand a “formal and satisfactory explanation” following reports that the country was spied on by Germany‘s intelligence agency (BND).

German media reported at the weekend that the BND had not only “accidentally” listened in on phone calls made by the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his predecessor Hillary Clinton in 2012 and 2013, but that it also – less accidentally – monitored the activities of Turkish politicians. According to news magazine Der Spiegel, the Nato member has been listed as a target for BND surveillance since 2009.

The revelations come less than a year since Germany summoned the US ambassador following spying allegations and Angela Merkel admonished Barack Obama that “spying on friends is not acceptable“. Now, it appears, the tables have turned. Kerry is understood to have already raised the issue with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

For members of the German parliament’s inquiry committee into surveillance by the NSA, the latest revelations have confirmed suspicions about the BND’s role. “We have for some time assumed that there is some kind of circular information exchange in place,” Green MP Konstantin von Notz told the Guardian.

“Make no mistake: this is a disaster for the government. Either they knew what the BND was up to and acted in the most hypocritical way possible, or they didn’t know, which is just as problematic.” By refusing to answer questions about the intelligence agencies, he added, German politicians were acting much in the same way as their US colleagues.


Alemania espió las llamadas de Hillary Clinton y de John Kerry | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Alemania espió las llamadas de Hillary Clinton y de John Kerry | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

La exsecretaria de Estado de EE UU Hillary Clinton posa el miércoles pasado con su libro en una librería de Martha’s Vineyard. / RICK FRIEDMAN  (EF

En un giro inesperado en el escándalo de espionaje que desataron en Alemania los pinchazos de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad estadounidense (NSA) a la canciller Angela Merkel, el periódicoSüddeutsche Zeitung reveló el viernes que el Servicio de Inteligencia Federal alemán (BND) logró espiar, al menos una vez, el teléfono móvil de Hillary Clinton cuando desempeñaba el cargo de secretaria de Estado. Además, la inteligencia alemana recibió una orden perentoria de Berlín para espiar a un aliado de la OTAN.

Este sábado, el semanario Der Spiegel amplía el espionaje del BND al secretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, John Kerry, y afirma que captaron al menos una llamada suya, que se realizó vía satélite en 2013. La llamada fue captada por los servicios de espionaje a través de su red de escuchas en Oriente Medio.

El semanario relaciona ese caso con el referido a Clinton, de quien asimismo el BND capturó una conversación mantenida con el exsecretario general de la ONU Kofi Annan. Ambas llamadas, añade la publicación, fueron capturadas “de modo fortuito”, en el marco de las escuchas que el BND realiza sobre zonas en conflicto, pero que al parecer luego no fueron borradas, sin que se haya explicado hasta ahora ese proceder.


Germany 'spied' on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton – Der Spiegel | World news | Der Spiegel

Germany ‘spied’ on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton – Der Spiegel | World news | Der Spiegel.

Magazine claims foreign intelligence agency BND collected the phone calls by accident within the context of other operations
John Kerry speaks in Sydney, August 2014

John Kerry speaks in Sydney, August 2014. Der Spiegel claims his phone calls were picked up by German intelligence. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AP

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.

The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry made in 2013 and also recorded a conversation between Clinton and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan a year earlier, according to the magazine.

The three officials were not directly targeted with phone calls collected by accident within the context of other operations, according to the report. In Clinton’s case, the call reportedly took place on the same “frequency” as a terror suspect.

The tapping of Clinton’s call was reported on Friday by German public broadcaster ARD and Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Der Spiegel also cited a confidential 2009 BND document listing Nato member Turkey as a target for German intelligence gathering.


US and Germany hold restorative talks after series of spy scandals | World news | theguardian.com

US and Germany hold restorative talks after series of spy scandals | World news | theguardian.com.

Countries agree to formal dialogue that will eventually establish ‘guiding principles’ in wake of NSA and CIA scandals

Germany's Angela Merkel
German chancellor Angela Merkel. A senior German official expressed satisfaction with the US meeting. Photograph: Imago/Barcroft Media

The White House has moved closer to a rapprochement with Germany after a series of spy scandals prompted Barack Obama to dispatch some of his most senior officials to Berlin.

In an unusual step, the US president sent his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, and a senior counter-terrorism advisor to Germany to lay the foundations of a new, intelligence-sharing understanding between the two countries.

Following the meeting on Tuesday, both sides confirmed they had agreed to a formal dialogue which would lead, eventually, to a set of “guiding principles” over the relationship between its respective spy agencies. It is expected to be completed after the summer.

Germany has come to accept that it will not achieve the “no-spy agreement” it had sought, after the whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency had monitored chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.

However, Berlin wanted a major political gesture from Washington in recognition of the intense public anger over Snowden’s revelations, which were inflamed over the last month after it emerged there were two suspected US spies in the German government.


Germany 'may revert to typewriters' to counter hi-tech espionage | World news | The Guardian

Germany ‘may revert to typewriters’ to counter hi-tech espionage | World news | The Guardian.

NSA inquiry head Patrick Sensburg claims communications technology mistrusted in wake of US spying allegations

 

 

Typewriter on bench

The ultimate counter-espionage tool? Photograph: Corbis

 

German politicians are considering a return to using manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal.

The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of ditching email completely.

Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politican Patrick Sensburg said: “As a matter of fact, we have – and not electronic models either”. “Really?” the surprised interviewer checked. “Yes, no joke,” Sensburg responded.

“Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening,” said Sensburg.

Last week, Merkel’s government asked the CIA‘s station officer in Germany to leave the country after an employee of the German intelligence agency BND confessed to passing confidential documents to the US secret service. The ongoing investigation prompted speculation that the CIA may have actively targeted the Bundestag’s NSA inquiry committee.

Last year, the Russian government reportedly took similar measures after the extent of US electronic surveillance was revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The federal guard service, a powerful body tasked with protecting Russia’s highest-ranking officials, put in an order for 20 Triumph Adler typewriters, which create unique “handwriting”, that allows the source of any documents created on them to be traced.

But judging by the reaction to Sensburg’s comments, manual typewriters are unlikely to be widely adopted in German political circles.

“Before I start using typewriters and burning notes after reading, I’d rather abolish the secret services,” tweeted Martina Renner, an opposition member of the parliamentary committee investigating the activities of US and other intelligence agencies in Germany. Sahra Wagenknecht, Die Linke party’s deputy chair, described the suggestion as grotesque.

Christian Flisek, the SPD’s representative on the committee, told Spiegel Online: “This call for mechanical typewriters is making our work sound ridiculous. We live in the 21st century, where many people communicate predominantly by digital means. Effective counter-espionage works digitally too. The idea that we can protect people from surveillance by dragging them back to the typewriter is absurd.”


Alemania exige la salida de Berlín del jefe del servicio de espionaje estadounidense | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Alemania exige la salida de Berlín del jefe del servicio de espionaje estadounidense | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

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El escándalo del espionaje que cada día aleja un poco más a Washington de Berlín se ha cobrado su primera víctima. El Gobierno deAngela Merkel exigió el jueves que el jefe de los servicios de espionaje en Alemania abandone el país. Es solo un gesto, pero un gesto lleno de significado y que da una idea del enfado fenomenal que recorre todos los estamentos de la clase política y judicial alemana: de ministros a diputados pasando por la fiscalía, el presidente de la República, Joaquim Gauck, y la canciller Merkel.

Después de que en menos de una semana salieran a la luz los casos de dos alemanes —un agente de los servicios secretos y un militar— que vendían información a Estados Unidos, Merkel sufría una presión cada vez mayor para que actuara. Y al fin lo ha hecho. El encargado de anunciar la petición de salida del responsable del servicio secreto estadounidense fue el diputado democristiano Clemens Binninger. Alemania toma esta decisión “como reacción al largo periodo en el que la colaboración para pedir explicaciones no ha funcionado”, dijo Binninger, presidente de la comisión parlamentaria que investiga las escuchas estadounidenses.

Poco después, el portavoz de Merkel confirmaba la petición al representante americano de abandonar suelo alemán, una medida insólita en los últimos 15 años. La propia jefa de Gobierno, que el día anterior había guardado silencio sobre el nuevo caso de espionaje destapado por la fiscalía federal, criticó las prácticas de los estadounidenses por considerarlas en última instancia una “pérdida de energía”. “Durante la guerra fría podía ser normal que hubiera desconfianza entre unos y otros. Pero estamos en el siglo XXI. […] Tenemos muchos problemas, deberíamos centrarnos en las cosas importantes”, arremetió Merkel.

Con este paso, Merkel logra calmar momentáneamente la indignación que estos días han mostrado tanto destacados ministros como, en mayor medida, los líderes de la oposición y los medios de comunicación. Los portavoces gubernamentales llevaban una semana aferrándose a la necesidad de conocer los resultados de la investigación judicial para tomar medidas. Pero esta estrategia de ganar tiempo parecía ya inviable el miércoles, cuando apareció un nuevo espía. Fuentes militares aseguraron entonces que este segundo caso era mucho más importante que el agente doble descubierto la semana pasada.

El centro de atención se había desplazado en los últimos días hacia Merkel, la única persona capaz de tomar una decisión que mostrara a los estadounidenses su enfado. “Ya basta”, titula en portada Die Zeit,uno de los órganos de la intelectualidad alemana. “Queridos americanos, ¿cómo podéis ser tan tontos de reclutar como agente doble a un empleado de los servicios secretos alemanes y dejaros pillar? ¿No os bastó con el enfado por la información que filtró Snowden? ¿Os da completamente igual que el antiamericanismo se extienda en Alemania, que aquí haya algo fundamental que puede romperse?”, se pregunta en su número de esta semana en su artículo de portada.


Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave country over spy row | World news | theguardian.com

Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave country over spy row | World news | theguardian.com.

Move comes in response to two reported cases of suspected US spying in Germany
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel last year accused the National Security Agency of tapping her phone. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The German government has asked the top representative of America’s secret services in Germany to leave the country. Members of the government’s supervisory panel announced the measure at a press conference in Berlin this afternoon.

Clemens Binninger, a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who chairs the committee that oversees the intelligence services, explained that the move came in response to America’s “failure to cooperate on resolving various allegations, starting with the NSA and up to the latest incidents”.

The move comes in response to two reported cases of suspected US spying in Germany and the year-long spat over reported NSA spying in Germany, including claims that Merkel’s phone was tapped.


Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations | World news | The Guardian

Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations | World news | The Guardian.

Bild newspaper says interior ministry emphasising the need for ‘effective counter-intelligence’ in wake of arrest of BND staffer

 

 

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Thomas de Maizière has emphasised the urgent need for a ‘360 degree vision’ of the foreign secret agency’s activities. Photograph: Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images

 

Germany may step up its counter-espionage efforts after an employee of its intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

Measures being considered in response to scandal include monitoring the intelligence activities of nominal Nato allies such as America, Britain and France, as well as expelling US agents from Germany.

According to a report in Bild, interior minister Thomas de Maizière has emphasised the urgent need for a “360 degree vision” of the foreign secret agency’s activities. The newspaper claims to have obtained an internal document which outlines “concrete counter measures”, thus moving away from a policy of not spying on Nato allies.

Asked about the new policy, a spokesperson of the German interior ministry didn’t deny the reports and told The Guardian that “an efficient and effective counter-intelligence against all sides is important, necessary, and has to be better organised than it has until now.”

On Wednesday, Germany’s federal prosecutor had arrested a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence agency (BND) under suspicion of having sold secret documents to a contact at the CIA.

The BND staffer, a technical support worker employed in a unit dealing mainly with the protection of German soldiers abroad, is alleged to have established contact with the American secret service by contacting the US embassy. Rather than report the contact to their allied German counterparts, the CIA is reported to have paid the agent €25,000 (£20,000) for 218 documents classified as “confidential” and “top secret” .

In a press conference on Monday, government spokespeople declined to comment on the affair, but a number of high-ranking politicians and officials have expressed their outrage, with one member of Angela Merkel’s party suggesting that US agents should be expelled from Germany.

“If it emerges that the BND employee was really directed by American agents on German soil, then it would be hardly comprehensible if US employees could continue to do harm over here,” the CDU’s Karl-Georg Wellmann told Spiegel Online.

But the German lawyer of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the German government was using the latest scandal to point the finger at the NSA and redistribute resources to its own intelligence service rather than draw genuine political consequences.

Speaking at a press conference with foreign media in Berlin, Wolfgang Kaleck said: “The NSA alone isn’t the issue. The way all European nations conduct spying operations must be reviewed.”


Germany arrests BND member on suspicion of spying for US | World news | theguardian.com

Germany arrests BND member on suspicion of spying for US | World news | theguardian.com.

Media says alleged double agent may have been tasked with spying on committee investigating NSA’s activities in Germany

 

 

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Reports allege the BND member was originally arrested under suspicion of passing on information to Russian intelligence services. Photograph: Soeren Stache/AFP/Getty Images

 

A new surveillance scandal is threatening to unsettle US-German relations after it emerged that an employee of the Germany‘s intelligence agency has been arrested under suspicion of acting as a double agent for the USA.

According to several reports in the German media, a 31-year-old member of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) administration department in Pullach was on Wednesday arrested by the country’s federal prosecutor, originally under suspicion of passing on information to Russian intelligence services.

However, under questioning by the federal prosecutor the suspect said he had received money in exchange for passing on secret information to a US contact. If his claims turn out to be true, German papers say it would constitute the biggest scandal involving a US-German double agent in the post-war era.

Some newspapers are speculating whether the BND employee may have been specifically tasked with spying on the activities of the special Bundestag inquiry committee currently investigating the NSA‘s activities in Germany.

According to Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the employee had been approached several times by the NSA, at least once with a specific request for information on the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance.According to Der Spiegel, the BND staffer had collected between 200 and 300 secret documents from internal servers and saved them onto a USB stick.

They were sold on to the US intelligence services between 2012 and 2014, for price of several tens of thousands of euros, said the magazine. The employee had managed to establish contact with the NSA by the most obvious way imaginable – by sending an email to the US embassy.On Friday, the investigative committee gathered for an emergency meeting in response to the arrest. Martina Renner, a Left party politician on the parliamentary committee, told Associated Press that the case indicated that anyone who examined Snowden’s revelations in detail was subject to scrutiny by US intelligence agencies.


Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon – NYTimes.com

Irked by N.S.A., Germany Cancels Deal With Verizon – NYTimes.com.

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LONDON — Germany said on Thursday that it would cancel a contract with Verizon Communications, part of the fallout from continuing revelations by Edward J. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, who says that American intelligence agencies had routine access to global data provided by telecom companies.

Mr. Snowden’s accusations have had particular impact in Germany, where the personal cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was tapped by United States intelligence agencies.

Telecom providers in the United States like Verizon and Internet giants like Google have been fighting to show that they did not actively participate in the clandestine activities.

But as anger on the Continent has grown, the region’s own cellphone carriers, like Deutsche Telekom, have been promoting their European roots — and the fact that they comply with Europe’s stringent data protection rules — to win business from American competitors.

The cancellation of Verizon’s contract with the German government is one of the first signs that companies in the United States are starting to lose business because of the scandal. Verizon provided telecom services to many of Germany’s federal agencies.

“The links revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms after the N.S.A. affair show that the German government needs a high level of security for its essential networks,” the German Interior Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.


NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe – The Intercept

NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe – The Intercept.

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The National Security Agency has turned Germany into its most important base of operations in Europe, according to a story published by Der Spiegel this week.

The German magazine reports that documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “paint a picture of an all-powerful American intelligence agency that has developed an increasingly intimate relationship with Germany over the past 13 years while massively expanding its presence.” The magazine adds, “No other country in Europe plays host to a secret NSA surveillance architecture like the one in Germany…In 2007, the NSA claimed to have at least a dozen active collection sites in Germany.”

The story reveals that the NSA’s key facilities in Germany include Building 4009 at the “Storage Station” on Ludwig Wolker Street in Wiesbaden, which is in the southwest of the country. Officially known as the European Technical Center, the facility is the NSA’s “primary communications hub” in Europe, intercepting huge amounts of data and forwarding it to “NSAers, warfighters and foreign partners in Europe, Africa and the Middle East,” according to the documents.

Spiegel also reports that an even larger NSA facility is under construction three miles away, in the Clay Kaserne, which is a U.S. military complex. Called the Consolidated Intelligence Center, the facility will cost $124 million once it is completed, and will house data-monitoring specialists from the Storage Station.


Deutsche Telekom to follow Vodafone in revealing surveillance | World news | The Guardian

Deutsche Telekom to follow Vodafone in revealing surveillance | World news | The Guardian.

Deutsche Telekom, operating in 14 countries including the US, Spain and Poland, has already published data for Germany
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Deutsche Telekom has 140 million customers, and has confirmed it will follow Vodafone in revealing surveillance data. Photograph: Hermann J Knippertz/AP

Germany‘s biggest telecoms company is to follow Vodafone in disclosing for the first time the number of surveillance requests it receives from governments around the world.

Deutsche Telekom, which owns half of Britain’s EE mobile network and operates in 14 countries including the US, Spain and Poland, has already published surveillance data for its home nation – one of the countries that have reacted most angrily to the Edward Snowdenrevelations. In the wake of Vodafone’s disclosures, first published in the Guardian on Friday, it announced that it would extend its disclosures to every other market where it operates and where it is legal.

A spokeswoman for Deutsche Telekom, which has 140 million customers worldwide, said: “Deutsche Telekom has initially focused on Germany when it comes to disclosure of government requests. We are currently checking if and to what extent our national companies can disclose information. We intend to publish something similar to Vodafone.”

Bosses of the world’s biggest mobile networks, many of which have headquarters in Europe, are gathering for an industry conference in Shanghai this weekend, and the debate is expected to centre on whether they should join Deutsche and Vodafone in using transparency to push back against the use of their technology for government surveillance.

Mobile companies, unlike social networks, cannot operate without a government-issued licence, and have previously been reluctant to discuss the extent of their cooperation with national security and law enforcement agencies.

But Vodafone broke cover on Friday by confirming that in around half a dozen of the markets in which it operates, governments in Europe and outside have installed their own secret listening equipment on its network and those of other operators.

Under this direct access system, wires suck up traffic at key points in the network, allowing unfettered access to the content of phone conversations and text messages, and in some cases delivering live data about the location of customers.

They allow surveillance without the usual warrants, and it means the phone company cannot know how many people are being targeted and what the justification is for any snooping.


La fiscalía alemana investigará el espionaje de EE UU al móvil de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La fiscalía alemana investigará el espionaje de EE UU al móvil de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

 

El fiscal general de Alemania, Harald Range, a su llegada al Bundestag en Berlín. / KAY NIETFELD (AFP)

Siete meses después de estallar el escándalo que más ha dañado en los últimos años las relaciones diplomáticas entre Washington y Berlín, la justicia alemana se ha decidido a tomar cartas en el asunto. El fiscal general, Harald Range, ha anunciado en una comparecencia parlamentaria a puerta cerrada que va a investigar las escuchas al móvil de la canciller Angela Merkel por parte de los servicios de espionaje de Estados Unidos. Esta noticia llega horas antes de la cena que compartirán la líder alemana y el presidente Barack Obama en el marco de la cumbre del G-7 que se celebra en Bruselas.

Los diputados que forman parte de la comisión de Asuntos Jurídicos del Bundestag han escuchado esta mañana por boca de Range la decisión de abrir un sumario a miembros “desconocidos” de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA, en sus siglas en inglés) estadounidense. El portavoz de Merkel ha negado cualquier interferencia del Gobierno alemán en esta decisión, tomada de forma autónoma por la fiscalía. Horas antes, el ministro de Justicia, el socialdemócrata Heiko Maas, aseguraba que los investigadores tendrán que tomar decisiones si se demuestra que las prácticas reveladas por el exespía Edward Snowden vulneraron la ley.

Se trata del primer paso formal que da Alemania desde el inicio del escándalo por las actividades de los servicios de inteligencia de EE UU. El fiscal Range ha dejado claro en su comparecencia que el sumario aborda por ahora solo las escuchas al teléfono de la canciller. La fiscalía también había analizado el espionaje practicado de forma masiva a millones de ciudadanos alemanes por parte de los servicios secretos británicos o estadounidenses, pero este no entrará en el sumario que abre ahora.


Merkel urged to press Obama on NSA scandal ahead of Washington talks | World news | The Guardian

Merkel urged to press Obama on NSA scandal ahead of Washington talks | World news | The Guardian.

German chancellor in first meeting with president since revelation that US intelligence services tapped her mobile phone
German chancellor Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel’s office has been eager to lower expectations ahead of her meeting with Barack Obama in Washington. Photograph: Imago/Barcroft Media

Angela Merkel should ask Barack Obama to destroy her NSA file when she meets the American president in Washington this week, a leading German opposition politician has told the Guardian.

The Greens warn that failure to address the intelligence monitor scandal would risk undermining the credibility of the western alliance during the Ukraine crisis.

“Close co-operation between western allies requires joint values – also in relation to the activities of our intelligence services,” said Omid Nouripour, the Green party’s foreign policy spokesperson.

“Trying to sit out the NSA scandal won’t work: we can’t afford to let the remaining open questions strain relations during on the current crisis,” he said, suggesting that a symbolic act, such as the destruction of Merkel’s NSA file, could help to mend US-German relations.

The German chancellor travels to the US on Thursday and will meet Obama on Friday.

So far, the US government has refused to allow Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions about its surveillance activities, a recent query to the German Bundestag has shown. According to a report in German magazine Der Spiegel, the NSA kept more than 300 reports on Merkel in a special heads of state databank.

Merkel’s office has been eager to lower expectations ahead of the first meeting between the two leaders since it emerged in October that US intelligence services had tapped Merkel’s mobile phone.


Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file | World news | theguardian.com

Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file | World news | theguardian.com.

Frustration with US government rises over failure to clear up questions about surveillance of German chancellor’s phone
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Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. The US government’s refusal to allow Merkel access to her own NSA file contrasts with the ease with which Germans can see files relating to the activities of the Stasi. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images

The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to herNSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington.

Merkel will meet Barack Obama in three weeks, on her first visit to the US capital since documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowdenrevealed that the NSA had been monitoring her phone.

The face-to-face meeting between the two world leaders had been intended as an effort to publicly heal wounds after the controversy, but Germany remains frustrated by the White House’s refusal to come clean about its surveillance activities in the country.

In Germany, the aftermath of the Snowden revelations continues to be debated with vigour. On Wednesday, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance resigned over a disagreement as to whether Snowden should be invited as a witness. Green and left politicians insist that the whistleblower should be invited to give testimony in person, but panel chairman Clemens Binninger, of Merkel’s Christian Democrats, was more sceptical, arguing that most of the key information was already out in the public realm.

Academics at Rostock University, meanwhile, have voted to award Edward Snowden an honorary doctorate. Members of the philosophy faculty said they wanted to reward Snowden’s “civil courage” and his “substantial contribution to a new global discourse about freedom, democracy, cosmopolitanism and the rights of the individual”.


Der Spiegel: NSA Put Merkel on List of 122 Targeted Leaders – The Intercept

Der Spiegel: NSA Put Merkel on List of 122 Targeted Leaders – The Intercept

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Featured photo - Der Spiegel: NSA Put Merkel on List of 122 Targeted LeadersGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her mobile phone in Berlin in 2011. (AP File Photo/Gero Breloer)

Secret documents newly disclosed by the German newspaper Der Spiegel on Saturday shed more light on how aggressively the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have targeted Germany for surveillance.

A series of classified files from the archive provided to reporters by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also seen by The Intercept, reveal that the NSA appears to have included Merkel in a surveillance database alongside more than 100 others foreign leaders. The documents also confirm for the first time that, in March 2013, the NSA obtained a top-secret court order against Germany as part of U.S. government efforts to monitor communications related to the country. Meanwhile, the British spy agency Government Communications Headquarters targeted three German companies in a clandestine operation that involved infiltrating the companies’ computer servers and eavesdropping on the communications of their staff.

Der Spiegel, which has already sketched out over several stories the vast extent of American and British targeting of German people and institutions, broke the news last October that Merkel’s cellphone calls were being tapped by the NSA – sparking a diplomatic backlash that strained US-Germany relations. Now a new document, dated 2009, indicates that Merkel was targeted in a broader NSA surveillance effort. She appears to have been placed in the NSA’s so-called “Target Knowledge Base“ (TKB), which Der Spiegel described as the central agency database of individual targets. An internal NSA description states that employees can use it to analyze “complete profiles“ of targeted people.

A classified file demonstrating an NSA search system named Nymrod shows Merkel listed alongside other heads of state. Only 11 names are shown on the document, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Belarus’s Alexander Lukashenko, and Columbia’s Alvaro Uribe – the list is in alphabetical order by first name – but it indicates that the full list contains 122 names. The NSA uses the Nymrod system to “find information relating to targets that would otherwise be tough to track down,” according to internal NSA documentsNymrod sifts through secret reports based on intercepted communications as well as full transcripts of faxes, phone calls, and communications collected from computer systems. More than 300 “cites” for Merkel are listed as available in intelligence reports and transcripts for NSA operatives to read.

But the NSA’s surveillance of Germany has extended far beyond its leader. Der Spiegel reporters Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark – together with The Intercept’s Laura Poitras – described a separate document from the NSA’s Special Source Operations unit, which shows that the Obama administration obtained a top-secret court order specifically permitting it to monitor communications related to Germany. Special Source Operations is the NSA department that manages what the agency describes as its “corporate partnerships” with major US companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, and Google. The order on Germany was issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on March 7, 2013. The court issues annual certifications to the NSA that authorize the agency to intercept communications related to named countries or groups; it has provided similar authorization, Der Spiegel reported, for measures targeting China, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela, Yemen, Brazil, Sudan, Guatemala, Bosnia and Russia.


La NSA tenía un archivo con datos de 122 jefes de Estado | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La NSA tenía un archivo con datos de 122 jefes de Estado | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

La revista alemana ‘Der Spiegel’ revela que la base de datos incluye 300 informes sobre Merkel


La canciller Merkel este viernes en Berlín. / SEAN GALLUP (GETTY IMAGES)

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El espionaje de EEUU acumula “más de 300 informes” sobre la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, informó este sábado el semanario Der Spiegel, que cita documentos obtenidos a través del extécnico de la inteligencia estadounidense Edward Snowden.

Estos informes, calificados de alto secreto, están en un archivo especial con datos de jefes de Estado y Gobierno que en mayo de 2009 contaba con fichas de 122 personas, entre ellas las de los entonces presidentes de Perú, Alan García; Guatemala, Álvaro Colom, y Colombia, Álvaro Uribe.

La lista de líderes internacionales espiados por EEUU arrancaba con Abdullah Badawi, el entonces recién dimitido primer ministro de Malasia, y concluía con Yulia Timoshenko, la líder opositora ucraniana, que en aquel momento era primera ministra de su país.

La justificación de espiar a estas personalidades extranjeras era lograr “informaciones” sobre “objetivos” que “de otra forma es difícil de conseguir”, según uno de los documentos a los que tuvo acceso Der Spiegel.


House intelligence chair says Edward Snowden backs Russian expansionism | World news | theguardian.com

House intelligence chair says Edward Snowden backs Russian expansionism | World news | theguardian.com.

• Mike Rogers stands by claim that Snowden had Russian help
• Chinese telecoms giant Huawei condemns ‘NSA infiltration’

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A rack server is seen at the Huawei stand at the 2014 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images

The chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee, Mike Rogers, on Sunday stood by his claim that the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who last year provided thousands of secret documents to media outlets including the Guardian,had been helped by Russia.

On Saturday, in the latest disclosure from such documents, the New York Times and the German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the NSA had obtained sensitive data form the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

Asked on NBC’s Meet the Press if he had been irresponsible in making such a charge without evidence, Rogers said: “First of all, I see all the evidence and intelligence, from everything in the activities leading up to this event to very suspicious activity during the event. When you talk to the folks leading the investigation they cannot rule it out.

“No counter-terrorism official in the United States does not believe that Mr Snowden … is not under the influence of Russian intelligence services. We believe he is, I certainly believe he is today.

“For the investigators, they need to figure out when did that influence start. Was he interested in co-operating earlier than what the timeline would suggest?”

Rogers also sought to link Snowden’s actions to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and concerns over the massing of Russian troops on Ukraine’s eastern border.

He said: “He [Snowden] is under the influence of Russian intelligence officials today [and] he is actually supporting, in an odd way, the brazen brutality and expansionism of Russia. He needs to understand that and I think Americans need to understand that in its proper context.”

Elsewhere on Sunday, Huawei defended its independence and said it would condemn any infiltration of its servers, if reports of such activities by the NSA were true.

“If the actions in the report are true, Huawei condemns such activities that invaded and infiltrated into our internal corporate network and monitored our communications,” Huawei’s global cyber security officer, John Suffolk, told Reuters.

Defending Huawei’s independence and security record and saying it was very successful in 145 countries, Suffolk added: “Corporate networks are under constant probe and attack from different sources – such is the status quo in today’s digital age.”

In October 2012, Rogers presided over the release of a Houseintelligence committee report which said US firms should avoid doing business with Huawei and another Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, because they posed a national security threat.

At the time, he said in comments broadcast by CBS: “Find another vendor [than Huawei] if you care about your intellectual property; if you care about your consumers’ privacy and you care about the national security of the United States of America.”

The New York Times said one goal of the NSA operation against Huawei, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to uncover any connections between the company and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. But it also sought to exploit Huawei’s technology and conduct surveillance through computer and telephone networks Huawei sold to other countries.

If ordered by the US president, the NSA also planned to unleash offensive cyber operations, the newspaper said.

The paper said the NSA gained access to servers in Huawei’s sealed headquarters in Shenzhen and got information about the workings of the giant routers and complex digital switches the company says connect a third of the world’s people.


Merkel propone crear una red de datos europea para evitar el espionaje de EE UU | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Merkel propone crear una red de datos europea para evitar el espionaje de EE UU | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


La canciller Angela Merkel durante una conferencia de prensa la semana pasada. / P. S. (AFP)

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La canciller alemana Angela Merkel propone la creación de una red de datos europea que evite el paso de las informaciones digitales por servidores informáticos estadounidenses. Así quiere evitar el espionaje masivo a las comunicaciones por parte de las agencias de espionaje al servicio de Washington. Según explicó este domingo, quiere discutir la propuesta con el presidente de Francia, François Hollande, con quien reunirá esta semana en París.

Dijo la canciller en un mensaje grabado y distribuido por internet que los Gobiernos de Alemania y Francia hablarán sobre las posibles mejoras en las redes de comunicaciones europeas para protegerse de los espías. Las grandes empresas como Google o Facebook, explicó, “almacenan informaciones allí donde la protección de datos está peor garantizada”. Sin embargo, hay empresas europeas de telecomunicaciones que podrían ofrecer servicios parecidos en el continente, donde las garantías legales son más amplias. El Gobierno francés dijo que “se estudiará” la propuesta alemana.


Angela Merkel warns US over surveillance in first speech of third term | World news | theguardian.com

Angela Merkel warns US over surveillance in first speech of third term | World news | theguardian.com.

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Angela Merkel also repeated her call for a financial transaction tax. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Corbis

Angela Merkel has used the first, agenda-setting speech of her third term in office to criticise America’s uncompromising defence of itssurveillance activities.

In a speech otherwise typically short of strong emotion or rhetorical flourishes, the German chancellor found relatively strong words on NSAsurveillance, two days before the US secretary of state, John Kerry, is due to visit Berlin.

“A programme in which the end justifies all means, in which everything that is technically possible is then acted out, violates trust and spreads mistrust,” she said. “In the end, it produces not more but less security.”

Merkel emphasised the need for wider access to the internet for citizens: “We want to make sure the internet retains its promise. That’s why we want to protect it”.

In outlining her government’s digital agenda, she once again described the internet as Neuland, or virgin territory, a phrase previously mocked by activists who have for some time been urging the German chancellor to make data protection a priority.

Merkel balanced criticism of the US with praise, insisting: “Germany can’t imagine a better ally than the United States of America.” She admitted that Germany and the US were still far from coming to an agreement over a “no-spy pact”, similar to the arrangement between the US and Britain, but she said she would not support using a suspension of the free trade agreement with the US as a bargaining tool.


German internet security website crashes after alert over 16m accounts | World news | The Guardian

German internet security website crashes after alert over 16m accounts | World news | The Guardian.

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Germany’s internet security agency has declined to comment on who is suspected of compromising up to 16 milllion online accounts. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Germany‘s internet security agency has said an analysis of hijacked computer networks has revealed that as many as 16 million online accounts have been compromised.

website offering citizens the chance to check whether their accounts are affected crashed almost immediately after its launch due to overwhelming demand.

The Federal Office for Information Security said it had found out about the security breach after running an analysis of botnets – networks of computers that have been infected by malware.

The compromised accounts have email addresses as their username, but may include other services such as social media or online shopping portals. About half of the accounts have .de endings, denoting that they are based in Germany.

The agency declined to comment on who was suspected of conducting the hacking, or why it had carried out the analysis.

In the context of heightened German awareness about data protection after the Snowden revelations, some speculated that the announcement was a ruse to collect email addresses on behalf of the government.

“I have reservations about handing over my email address to the agency,” said @anadin325 on Twitter. “Smells like federal phishing to me.”

Tim Griese, the agency’s spokesman, said: “There will be no storing of email addresses after they have been tested.”


La NSA posee la ‘huella dactilar electrónica’ de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS

La NSA posee la ‘huella dactilar electrónica’ de Merkel | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Barack Obama y Angela Merkel en junio de 2013 en Berlín. / THOMAS PETER (REUTERS)

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El viernes y el sábado pasado, el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, envió sendos mensajes destinados a tranquilizar a los jefes de Estado y de Gobierno aliados que fueron sometidos a un sofisticado espionaje electrónico por parte de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad estadounidense (NSA). El viernes, el mandatario estadounidense aseguró en Washington que la NSA no vigilará más a los líderes políticos amigos y el sábado prometió, en el programa de noticias alemán Heute Journal, que la NSA no volvería a escuchar el móvil de la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, mientras él fuera presidente.

Este lunes, el periódico alemán Bildsugirió que el presidente de Estados Unidos podría no haber dicho la verdad el viernes en Washington y habría engañado a la canciller con su promesa de no espiarla. Según el rotativo, la NSA habría dejado de escuchar el móvil de la canciller, pero la Agencia dispone de un sofisticado programa de vigilancia con el que controla todas las comunicaciones electrónicas que Merkel realiza con sus asesores más directos.

El programa obedece al nombre de “Huella dactilar de comunicaciones” y es capaz de valorar y analizar todas las comunicaciones electrónicas realizadas por la canciller, incluidas las llamadas telefónicas y el correo electrónico. La información que recoge la NSA es enviada directamente al despacho oval, según el Bild,que dice haber obtenido la información de varios agentes anónimos de la NSA.


Obama promete a Merkel que no volverá a espiar su teléfono móvil | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Obama promete a Merkel que no volverá a espiar su teléfono móvil | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Angela Merkel y Barack Obama en 2009 en la Casa Blanca. / NICHOLAS KAMM (AFP)

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En un extraordinario gesto, el presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, proclamó ante las cámaras de la segunda cadena de la televisión pública, ZDF, que no dejará que las relaciones entre Alemania y su país se dañen por las labores de inteligencia y prometió que, mientras él sea presidente, el teléfono móvil de la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, no volverá a ser espiado.

La entrevista de la cadena ZDF, que se difundió el sábado por la noche, quedó el domingo opacada por la exclusiva que ofreció la revistaSpiegel a sus lectores. Según el semanario que se edita en Hamburgo, la Fiscalía General alemana cree que hay suficientes elementos para abrir una causa penal para establecer responsabilidades en el espionaje del teléfono móvil de la canciller.

La Fiscalía aún no ha tomado una decisión, pero el trámite oficial mantiene en estado de alerta a la propia canciller Merkel y a su ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, que temen que una investigación oficial pueda provocar un daño relevante a las relaciones bilaterales, que quedaron muy deterioradas el año pasado a causa del escándalo protagonizado por las escuchas de la NSA, la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad de Estados Unidos, desveladas por el antiguo analista informático Edward Snowden.


Berlín celebra el giro de Washington pero exige un pacto antiespionaje | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Berlín celebra el giro de Washington pero exige un pacto antiespionaje | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Activistas en favor de los derechos civiles piden el fin del espionaje de la NSA en Washington. /REUTERS

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La canciller Angela Merkel celebra que el presidente de EE UU, Barack Obama, anunciara en su discurso de este viernes inminentes restricciones a las prácticas de espionaje de sus servicios de inteligencia. Tras dar la bienvenida al discurso, el portavoz de Merkel Steffen Seibert recordó que “en territorio alemán debe aplicarse la ley alemana”. Admitió que Berlín necesita “más tiempo” para analizar con detalle las palabras de Obama. Servirán, dijo, de orientación para que continúen las “conversaciones en busca de una nueva base de colaboración” con los servicios secretos estadounidenses.

Se refiere Seibert a las negociaciones entre Berlín y Washington para lograr un acuerdo de no espionaje mutuo. Alemania dio dicho convenio por cosa segura hasta que, según reconocieron esta semana representantes de los servicios secretos alemanes, “encalló” a causa de las reticencias estadounidenses. La Casa Blanca quiere evitar un precedente que lleve a otros socios y aliados a pedir condiciones similares.


Merkel pide que se aclare el espionaje pero prima la relación con EE UU | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Merkel pide que se aclare el espionaje pero prima la relación con EE UU | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

 

Un hombre porta un cartel de Snowden frente al edificio del Bundestag. / JOHANNES EISELE (AFP)

La canciller federal, Angela Merkel, pidió este lunes el “esclarecimiento” de las presuntas escuchas ilegales a las que fue sometida por parte de las agencias de espionaje estadounidenses. En la primera declaración de Gobierno que dedica al escándalo ante la Cámara baja parlamentaria (Bundestag), la democristiana formuló la demanda “aún más urgente de recuperar la confianza” en los aliados trasatlánticos. En una sesión extraordinaria, el Bundestag debatió durante casi dos horas las consecuencias de las revelaciones sobre la vigilancia masiva de las comunicaciones de ciudadanos y líderes alemanes por parte de Estados Unidos. Buena parte de ellas se basaron en las filtraciones del exempleado de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA) estadounidense Edward Snowden. Aunque no se refirió al presunto espionaje de su propio teléfono móvil, Merkel dijo ante el pleno del Bundestag que las informaciones “han puesto a prueba” la relación con los socios estadounidenses.

Los documentos electrónicos de alto secreto que se llevó Snowden de la NSA desvelaron la vigilancia al móvil de Merkel, pero su Gobierno en funciones rechaza la posibilidad de permitirle viajar a Alemania. El ministro de Interior, el conservador bávaro Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU), defendió la necesidad de preservar las buenas relaciones con EE UU. El partido La Izquierda (Die Linke) y Los Verdes, en cambio, piden al Gobierno que brinde asilo político a Snowden. Gregor Gysi, portavoz parlamentario de Die Linke y probable jefe de la oposición cuando concluyan las negociaciones de Gobierno entre democristianos (CDU/CSU) y socialdemócratas (SPD), llegó a proponer ante la Cámara el premio Nobel de la Paz para el estadounidense.


John McCain says NSA chief Keith Alexander 'should resign or be fired' | World news | theguardian.com

John McCain says NSA chief Keith Alexander ‘should resign or be fired’ | World news | theguardian.com.

Senator gives interview to Der Spiegel, saying general should ‘be held accountable’ for Edward Snowden leaks

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Senator John McCain believes Russian president Vladimir Putin will grant Edward Snowden indefinite asylum. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

Senator John McCain has called for Keith Alexander to “resign or be fired” as the head of the National Security Agency, in an interview with the German news weekly Der Spiegel published on Sunday.

The senator for Arizona, a former Republican presidential candidate, said Alexander should be held accountable for the leaks of thousands of documents by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed NSAsurveillance and spying on a massive scale. McCain said Snowden, who worked for the NSA as a contractor, should never have had access to classified information.

“And now we have a contractor employee, not a government employee, who has access to information which is, when revealed, most damaging to the standing prestige of the United States and our relations with some of our best friends,” McCain said. “Why did Edward Snowden have that information? And what are we doing as far as screening people who have access to this information? It’s outrageous, and someone ought to be held accountable.”

President Barack Obama, the NSA and the congressional intelligence committee had responsibility for the sharing of classified information, he said.

Asked if Alexander should resign, McCain said: “Of course, he should resign, or be fired. We no longer hold anybody accountable in Washington.”


Los diputados alemanes piden que Snowden sea interrogado en Moscú – BioBioChile

Los diputados alemanes piden que Snowden sea interrogado en Moscú – BioBioChile.

 

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Los parlamentarios alemanes de la comisión de control de los servicios secretos pidieron, el miércoles, que el gobierno alemán estudie la posibilidad de interrogar en Moscú a Edward Snowden, al origen de las revelaciones sobre un amplio programa de espionaje estadounidense en el mundo.

La comisión parlamentaria decidió “por unanimidad” pedir al gobierno alemán “verificar en qué medida Edward Snowden puede ser interrogado en Moscú sin ponerle en dificultad”, declaró su presidente, Thomas Opperman (socialdemócrata), al finalizar una reunión.


IU pide a Rajoy que conceda asilo a Snowden – Público.es

IU pide a Rajoy que conceda asilo a Snowden – Público.es.

El coordinador federal de IU, Cayo Lara.- MARIANO ASENJO

El coordinador federal de IU, Cayo Lara.- MARIANO ASENJO

 

El coordinador federal de Izquierda Unida (IU), Cayo Lara, ha anunciado esta lunes que va a pedir al presidente del Gobierno, Mariano Rajoy, que conceda el asilo político al extécnico de la CIA, Edward Snowden, por sus revelaciones sobre el espionaje masivo llevado a cabo por la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad (NSA) de EEUU. El informático, que se encuentra en Moscú, ya presentó una solicitud el pasado verano a España, pero el ministro de Exteriores, Juan Manuel García Margallo, adujo que sólo podrían estudiarlo si la presentaba en territorio español. 

Según Lara, el Gobierno debería tener en cuenta que Snowden está “contribuyendo a que se respeten los derechos fundamentales de los ciudadanos de la UE” y que “se ha jugado y se está jugando la vida” tras haber filtrado documentación sobre los programas de la Inteligencia estadounidense a la prensa.


Snowden llama a la sociedad civil a exigir límites a la vigilancia | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Snowden llama a la sociedad civil a exigir límites a la vigilancia | Internacional | EL PAÍS.


Edward Snowden, en octubre en Moscú. / AP

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El responsable de las filtraciones que echaron a rodar el escándalo de la vigilancia ilegal de comunicaciones electrónicas y llamadas de teléfono en todo el mundo, firma un “manifiesto por la verdad” avisando a los ciudadanos de que estos programas de control “amenazan el derecho a la intimidad y la libertad de conciencia en las sociedades abiertas”. Para Edward Snowden, exanalista de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA), la ciudadanía tiene “el deber moral de conseguir que las leyes y los valores limiten estos programas de vigilancia y protejan los Derechos Humanos”. La figura del filtrador gana apoyos en Alemania, donde medio centenar de personalidades han pedido por escrito que se le dé asilo político.

La carta, difundida por el semanario alemán Der Spiegel, que también ha publicado parte del material filtrado, se parece a la misiva que el propio Snowden entregó al parlamentario alemán de Los Verdes Hans-Christian Ströbele tras reunirse con él esta semana en un lugar secreto de Moscú, donde se encuentra refugiado. El semanario de Hamburgo explica que les llegó “por una vía de comunicación cifrada”. En ella,Snowden insiste en que “el que dice la verdad no comete un crimen”.

Mientras Snowden razona así sus actos, Alemania sigue buscando un acuerdo de no espionaje con EE UU. Berlín envió una delegación a Washington para negociar un nuevo modo de colaboración entre los espías provenientes de ambos lados del Atlántico. Según publicaban este domingo diversos medios, Alemania insiste en que Washington limite sus actividades y en que respete la información concerniente a intereses industriales o empresariales alemanes. Señalan dichos medios que EE UU ya ha dado luz verde a aceptar un acuerdo de este tipo con Alemania. El Gobierno alemán aspira a un contrato bilateral que prevenga a ambos países de espiarse mutuamente. Quieren que las Agencias estadounidenses pidan permiso a las autoridades locales para llevar a cabo operaciones de inteligencia en Alemania. Las partes se comprometerán explícitamente a no espiar a los líderes políticos del otro socio.


Snowden ofrece por carta cooperación a Merkel ante el espionaje de EEUU – El Mostrador

Snowden ofrece por carta cooperación a Merkel ante el espionaje de EEUU – El Mostrador.

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Edward Snowden, el ex técnico de los servicios secretos de EEUU que desveló sus polémicos programas de espionaje, ha ofrecido en una carta a la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, a la Fiscalía federal y al Parlamento germano cooperación para esclarecer todos los detalles de las escuchas norteamericanas.

“Cuando se resuelvan las dificultades que rodean mi situación personal estaré en condiciones de cooperar en la búsqueda responsable de los hechos” que han relatado los medios y aclarar “la verdad y autenticidad de los documentos” publicados, indica el joven informático en el texto.

Copias de esta misiva fueron hoy distribuidas a la prensa por el parlamentario alemán de los Verdes Hans-Christian Ströbele, quien se entrevistó ayer con Snowden en Moscú y recibió el documento de manos del ex técnico para que se lo trasladase a las autoridades alemanas.

Snowden explica en la carta que “en el curso de sus servicios” para la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA) y la Agencia Central de Inteligencia (CIA) estadounidenses ha presenciado “violaciones sistemáticas de la ley” por parte del Gobierno estadounidense, que le generaron el “deber moral” de denunciarlas.