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


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


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.


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.


EXCLUSIVO: Empresas alemanas están vendiendo tecnologías de vigilancia sin licencia a violadores de derechos humanos ─ y ganando millones · Global Voices en Español

EXCLUSIVO: Empresas alemanas están vendiendo tecnologías de vigilancia sin licencia a violadores de derechos humanos ─ y ganando millones · Global Voices en Español.

Image via Pixabay. Public Domain CC0

Imagen vía Pixabay. Dominio público CC0

Este reportaje exclusivo ha sido elaborado por Ben Wagner y Claudio Guarnieri, destacados investigadores de las tecnologías de vigilancia y seguridad digital. Estos académicos con sede en Berlín trabajan en el Centro de Investigación de Internet & Derechos Humanos, en la Universidad Europea Viadrina.

De México a Mozambique a Pakistán y más allá, hay ahora amplia evidencia de que gobiernos en todo el mundo utilizan las tecnologías de vigilancia masiva como FinFisher para espiar a sus ciudadanos. Esto impulsa a investigadores y defensores como nosotros a considerar la fuente: ¿Quién crea estas tecnologías? ¿Y quién se beneficia de su venta?

Alemania es un importante exportador de estas tecnologías, y dado que la privacidad de las comunicaciones digitales se ha convertido en un tema candente para el público alemán, el país se ha convertido en un actor cada vez más importante en este campo.

Comparando la información de una filtración masiva de datos a mediados de agosto con los resultados de una reciente investigación parlamentaria en Alemania, hemos llegado a sospechar que la mayoría de las tecnologías de vigilancia producidas por empresas alemanas se han comprado y vendido bajo mano – en otras palabras, sin licencia. El gobierno alemán exige licencias para la venta de tecnologías que se consideran “de doble uso” ─ los productos que se pueden utilizar tanto para bien como para mal.

La investigación se centra en la empresa angloalemana Gamma International, fabricante del ahora infame juego de herramientas para vigilancia de FinFisher. Los desprevenidos blancos de la vigilancia normalmente terminan descargando FinFisher sin saberlo, con solo hacer clic en un enlace aparentemente inocente, o un archivo adjunto de correo electrónico. Una vez instalado, la herramienta permite al usuario acceder a toda la información almacenada y vigilar incluso las comunicaciones cifradas. Se pueden registrar las pulsaciones de teclado, grabar conversaciones de Skype y se pueden activar cámaras y micrófonos a distancia.

Miembros del parlamento alemán recientemente llevaron a cabo una investigación sobre la venta de tecnologías de vigilancia a gobiernos extranjeros. En respuesta, el gobierno alemán afirmó que en la última década ha proporcionado licencias a empresas alemanas para exportar tecnologías de vigilancia a al menos 25 países, muchos de los cuales tienen un largo historial de abusos contra los derechos humanos. Entre 2003 y 2013, se exportaron tecnologías de vigilancia a Albania, Argentina, Chile, India, Indonesia, Qatar, Kósovo, Kuwait, Líbano, Malasia, Marruecos, México, Noruega, Omán, Pakistán, Rusia, Arabia Saudita, Suiza, Singapur, Taiwán, Turquía, Turkmenistán, EE.UU. y los EAU. Agnieszka Brugger, diputada del Partido Verde de Alemania, publicó la serie completa de preguntas y la respuesta oficial del gobierno en su blog.


Six things we know from the latest FinFisher documents | Privacy International

Six things we know from the latest FinFisher documents | Privacy International.

The publishing of materials from a support server belonging to surveillance-industry giant Gamma International has provided a trove of information for technologists, security researchers and activists. This has given the world a direct insight into a tight-knit industry, which demands secrecy for themselves and their clients, but ultimately assists in the violation human rights of ordinary people without care or reproach.

Now for the first time, there is solid confirmation of Gamma’s activities from inside the company’s own files, despite their denials, on their clients and support provided to a range of governments.

The Anglo-German company Gamma International is widely known for the intrusion software suite FinFisher, which was spun off into its own German-based company “FinFisher GmbH” sometime in 2013. The 40GB dump of internal documents, brochures, pricelists, logs, and support queries were made available through a Torrent first linked to on a Reddit post by the alleged hacker, who also set up a Twitter handle posting the documents.

While these documents do provide insight into FinFisher, Privacy International does not support any attempt to compromise the security of any company’s network or servers. Greater transparency is needed from this sector, and from Governments on this growing industry to ensure that every businesses obligation to respect human rights is met.

Some documents provide new information; others support and verify previous claims about the company. Privacy International is still reviewing and analysing all the documents, so we expect more information to come out of these documents in the near future.


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.”


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.


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.


Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald address US campaigners via video | World news | theguardian.com

Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald address US campaigners via video | World news | theguardian.com.

• Whistleblower and journalist make rare joint appearance
• Germany criticises US for lack of assurances over spying

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Supporters of Amnesty International cheer as Edward Snowden is introduced via video at a conference in Chicago on Saturday. Photograph: Frank Polich/Reuters

Edward Snowden and the reporter Glenn Greenwald, who brought to light the whistleblower’s leaks about mass US government surveillance last year, appeared together via video link from opposite ends of the earth on Saturday, for what was believed to be the first time since Snowden sought asylum in Russia.

In Germany, meanwhile, a leading ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised the US for failing to provide sufficient assurances on its spying tactics and said bilateral talks were unlikely to make much progress before the German leader visits Washington next month.

The interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, one of Merkel’s closest cabinet allies, told the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel: “US intelligence methods may be justified to a large extent by security needs, but the tactics are excessive and over-the-top.”


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.

Angela Merkel

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.


US will not enter bilateral no-spy deal with Germany, reports media | World news | theguardian.com

US will not enter bilateral no-spy deal with Germany, reports media | World news | theguardian.com.

Despite assurance from Barack Obama, United States has not ruled out bugging political leaders’ calls, claims German paper

 

 

Angela Merkel on mobile

Angela Merkel’s phone was reportedly bugged by the NSA. President Obama told her the US is not monitoring her communications. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

 

America is refusing to enter a bilateral no-spy agreement with Germany and has declined to rule out bugging the calls of German political leaders in the immediate future, according to reports in the German media.

Last October, revelations that the National Security Agency had been bugging Angela Merkel‘s mobile were met with outrage in Berlin and apologetic soundbites from Washington.

President Barack Obama had reportedly assured the German leader that the US “is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of chancellor Merkel”. Barely three months on, the mood seems to have changed.

Initial hopes in Germany that the US would enter into some kind of non-spying pact similar to the one between America and Britain have been dashed, according to information obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.


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.


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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Publicado por Alberto Gonzalez | La Información es de Agencia AFP

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.


Edward Snowden: “Nadie que diga la verdad comete un crimen” – BioBioChile

Edward Snowden: “Nadie que diga la verdad comete un crimen” – BioBioChile.

Publicado por Alberto Gonzalez | La Información es de Agencia AFPEdward Snowden | The Guardian

Edward Snowden | The Guardian

El ex consultor de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad (NSA) estadounidense Edward Snowden estimó que el espionaje masivo realizado por los servicios de inteligencia amenaza la libertad de expresión y la “sociedad abierta”, en un texto publicado el domingo en Alemania.

“Este tipo de programas no sólo amenazan la privacidad, sino que también amenazan la libertad de expresión y las sociedades abiertas”, escribió en un texto publicado en la revista alemana Der Spiegel.

“La existencia del espionaje tecnológico no tiene que determinar a la política”, agregó, en este texto redactado el viernes, estimando que era un deber moral entender que las leyes y los valores limitan los programas de vigilancia masiva y protegen los Derechos Humanos.

“Nadie que diga la verdad comete un crimen”, afirma Snowden en este texto publicado por Der Spiegel y titulado “Un manifiesto por la verdad”.

Snowden también estima en este texto que algunos gobiernos que se sintieron “desenmascarados” al revelarse el espionaje lanzaron una “campaña de persecución sin precedentes”, con el fin de sofocar el debate. No obstante, agregó, ahora el debate está teniendo lugar en todo el mundo.

Según varias revelaciones difundidas en los últimos meses, en cuyo origen se encuentra Snowden, la NSA escuchó, entre otras cosas, las comunicaciones de decenas de dirigentes europeos, incluyendo a la canciller alemana Angela Merkel, lo que ha provocado indignación en Alemania y el resto de Europa.

Además, en pleno escándalo sobre una red de vigilancia estadounidense en Asia, Malasia había afirmado el sábado haber convocado a los embajadores de Estados Unidos y Australia en protesta por presuntos actos de espionaje.

China e Indonesia ya habían pedido explicaciones a Australia luego de informes de que las misiones diplomáticas de Canberra eran utilizadas para controlar llamadas telefónicas y recopilar datos, como parte de un programa de vigilancia norteamericano.