Russia hacked the US election. Now it’s coming for western democracy | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian

We have to take action now to root out Russian and other foreign influences before they become too deeply enmeshed in our political ecosystem. First and foremost, leaders in the US and Europe must stop any attempt by the Trump administration to ease sanctions on Russia. It must be abundantly clear that attacking our elections through cyberspace will prompt a tough and proportional response.

Fuente: Russia hacked the US election. Now it’s coming for western democracy | Robby Mook | Opinion | The Guardian


Edward Snowden’s leave to remain in Russia extended for three years | US news | The Guardian

Earlier on Wednesday, Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, wrote on Facebook that Snowden’s right to stay had recently been extended “by a couple of years”. Her post came in response to a suggestion from the former acting CIA director Michael Morell that Vladimir Putin might hand over Snowden to the US, despite there being no extradition treaty between the countries.

Fuente: Edward Snowden’s leave to remain in Russia extended for three years | US news | The Guardian


El fantasma del espionaje durante la guerra fría se instala en la Universidad de Cambridge – El Mostrador

Tres académicos renunciaron a organizar un seminario sobre temas de seguridad e inteligencia, porque sospechan que una editorial ligada a la actividad pueda ser usada como pantalla por espías del Kremlin. “Cambridge es un maravilloso lugar de teorías conspirativas pero la idea de que haya un complot maquiavélico es ridículo”, dijo Neil Kent, uno de los principales impulsores del evento.

Fuente: El fantasma del espionaje durante la guerra fría se instala en la Universidad de Cambridge – El Mostrador


UK spy chief warns on ‘profound’ propaganda threat

“The connectivity that is at the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims deniably,” said Mr Younger. “They do this through means as varied as cyber attacks, propaganda or subversion of democratic process.”

Fuente: UK spy chief warns on ‘profound’ propaganda threat


Snowden desmiente su muerte en Twitter con una cita de Mark Twain – El Mostrador

“Las noticias sobre mi muerte han sido enormemente exageradas”, escribió Snowden en su cuenta de Twitter, en la que colgó una foto del escritor estadounidense, Mark Twain, al que pertenece la famosa cita.

Fuente: Snowden desmiente su muerte en Twitter con una cita de Mark Twain – El Mostrador


Russian telecoms groups mount fight against anti-terror law – FT.com

The bill, signed by Vladimir Putin, Russian president, last week requires telecoms companies to store all text and voice messages, as well as all images, sound and video, transmitted via Russia on servers in the country for up to six months. They are also required to store metadata — information about when and from where messages were sent — for three years.

Fuente: Russian telecoms groups mount fight against anti-terror law – FT.com


The "Snowden is Ready to Come Home!" Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit – The Intercept

The “Snowden is Ready to Come Home!” Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit – The Intercept.

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Most sentient people rationally accept that the U.S. media routinely disseminates misleading stories and outright falsehoods in the most authoritative tones. But it’s nonetheless valuable to examine particularly egregious case studies to see how that works. In that spirit, let’s take yesterday’s numerous, breathless reports trumpeting the “BREAKING” news that “Edward Snowden now wants to come home!” and is “now negotiating the terms of his return!”

Ever since Snowden revealed himself to the public 20 months ago, he has repeatedly said the same exact thing when asked about his returning to the U.S.: I would love to come home, and would do so if I could get a fair trial, but right now, I can’t.

His primary rationale for this argument has long been that under the Espionage Act, the 1917 statute under which he has been charged, he would be barred by U.S. courts from even raising his key defense: that the information he revealed to journalists should never have been concealed in the first place and he was thus justified in disclosing it to journalists. In other words, when U.S. political and media figures say Snowden should “man up,” come home and argue to a court that he did nothing wrong, they are deceiving the public, since they have made certain that whistleblowers charged with “espionage” are legally barred from even raising that defense.


Edward Snowden's lawyers 'working' to bring NSA whistleblower back to US | US news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden’s lawyers ‘working’ to bring NSA whistleblower back to US | US news | The Guardian.

Edward Snowden in Citizenfour. Edward Snowden in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour. Photograph: PR

 

 

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, said on Tuesday that new legal efforts were under way to arrange a return for Snowden to the United States, although such efforts could not be independently confirmed.

 

“I won’t keep it secret that he … wants to return back home,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Reuters. “And we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of US lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I’m dealing with it on the Russian side.”

A US legal adviser to Snowden, Ben Wizner, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, declined on Wednesday to comment on Kucherena’s statement.


Fin del WiFi anónimo: La iniciativa que provoca indignación en Rusia – BioBioChile

Fin del WiFi anónimo: La iniciativa que provoca indignación en Rusia – BioBioChile.

 

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El gobierno ruso publicó este viernes un decreto que exige a los rusos proporcionar su número de pasaporte o su identidad cuando se conectan a una red wifi pública, lo que provocó la indignación de los internautas.

Este decreto enmienda en realidad una ley ya existente, que prevé que “el operador permita el acceso a los servicios de comunicación y de intercambio de datos, y a una conexión Internet (…) únicamente tras la identificación del usuario”.

El servidor de acceso a internet deberá recopilar así teóricamente el nombre completo y las informaciones contenidas en el pasaporte del usuario, y almacenar estas informaciones durante seis meses, así como anotar y conservar la duración de la conexión del usuario, según el decreto.

Esta medida provocó la indignación de los internautas. “Un verdadero ‘Gran Hermano’ está naciendo ante nuestros ojos (…) un sistema que conoce quién ha escrito qué, cuándo y dónde”, dijo en su blog Alexei Navalny, el opositor número uno del Kremlin.

Los responsables rusos se esforzaron en justificar este dispositivo. El ayuntamiento de Moscú dijo que esta medida sólo afectaba a la zonas de conexión internet en las oficinas de correos.

Por su parte, el ministerio ruso de Comunicación declaró que esta decisión se inscribía en el marco de la lucha contra el terrorismo y que no afectaba a las redes wifi privadas.


Rusia concede a Snowden un permiso de residencia de tres años | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Rusia concede a Snowden un permiso de residencia de tres años | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

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Edward Snowden, el exanalista de la de la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional que reveló los secretos del espionaje electrónico masivo de Estados Unidos, puede respirar relativamente tranquilo por tres años más: Rusia le ha entregado un permiso de residencia por ese plazo, anunció el jueves su abogado Anatoli Kucherena.

El plazo cuenta a partir del primero de agosto, señaló Kucherena en una conferencia de prensa que transcurrió en ausencia del informático, que llegó a Moscú el 23 de junio del año pasado procedente de Hong Kong. En principio, Snowden tenía planes de seguir vuelo hacia América del Sur, pero la reacción de Estados Unidos, que anuló su pasaporte y que podía interceptar el avión –como lo haría posteriormente con la aeronave del presidente boliviano Evo Moralescuando creyó que este se había llevado de Moscú al fugitivo-, determinaron que cambiara de planes y decidiera permanecer en Rusia.

Aunque Kucherena dijo que el nuevo régimen concedido le permitirá salir al extranjero, para hacerlo Snowden tendría que tener algún otro tipo de documento de viaje en regla que no sea el pasaporte estadounidense, ya que este fue anulado. El permiso de residencia no es un documento de viaje ni le otorga el estatus de refugiado político, aunque sí le da casi todos los derechos de los que goza un ruso.

Razones de seguridad impiden que se haga público dónde trabaja Snowden, aunque si él quisiera dar esa información podría hacerlo, dijo Kucherena. Agregó que el informático, si bien vive en la clandestinidad, hace una vida relativamente normal, estudia ruso y pasea. Los mismos motivos de seguridad explican que no estuviera presente en la conferencia de prensa, pero “en cuanto se presente la más mínima oportunidad” Snowden comparecerá ante los periodistas, aseguró el abogado.


Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup | World news | theguardian.com

Putin calls internet a ‘CIA project’ renewing fears of web breakup | World news | theguardian.com.

Russian president’s remark fans idea that has gained ground in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere after Edward Snowden’s revelations

 

 

Vladimir Putin at media forum in St Petersburg

Vladimir Putin at media forum in St Petersburg. The Russian president has long hinted that he wants a Russian-run alternative to the internet. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentiev/Ria Novosti/EPA

 

Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a “CIA project” on Thursday.

The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that America’s overseas espionage agency had originally set up the internet and was continuing to develop it.

Putin has long hinted that he wants a Russian-run alternative. The idea of breaking up the internet has gained ground in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere round the world in the light of the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the extent to which the US National Security Agency has infiltrated Facebook, Skype and other social media.


Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama | Edward Snowden | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama | Edward Snowden | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him

Vladimir Putin during the nationwide phone-in in Moscow.
Vladimir Putin during the nationwide phone-in in Moscow. Photograph: RIA Novosti/Reuters

On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: “Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals’ communications?”

I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.

The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden’s question and mine here.)

Clapper’s lie – to the Senate and to the public – was a major motivating force behind my decision to go public, and a historic example of the importance of official accountability.

In his response, Putin denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter. There are serious inconsistencies in his denial – and we’ll get to them soon – but it was not the president’s suspiciously narrow answer that was criticised by many pundits. It was that I had chosen to ask a question at all.

I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. I regret that my question could be misinterpreted, and that it enabled many to ignore the substance of the question – and Putin’s evasive response – in order to speculate, wildly and incorrectly, about my motives for asking it.


Snowden asks Putin about Russian surveillance during phone-in – video | World news | theguardian.com

Snowden asks Putin about Russian surveillance during phone-in – video | World news | theguardian.com.

Edward Snowden calls in to ask a question of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, during a televised phone-in. Putin denies Russia is involved in ‘mass, indiscriminate’ surveillance but says they use modern means to fight terrorism. Whistleblower Edward Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in 2013


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.


Is Edward Snowden a prisoner in Russia? | World news | The Guardian

Is Edward Snowden a prisoner in Russia? | World news | The Guardian.

Edward Snowden in his interview with the German TV station ARD, which was broadcast on 26 January.

Edward Snowden in his interview with the German TV station ARD, which was broadcast on 26 January. Photograph: ARD

Edward Snowden‘s prolonged stay in Russia was involuntary. He got stuck in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport when his efforts to transit to a South American country such as Ecuador, Bolivia or Venezuela failed. But it made his own story – his narrative of principled exile and flight – a lot more complicated. It was now easier for critics to paint him not as a whistleblower and political refugee but as a 21st-century Kim Philby, the British defector who sold his country and its secrets to the Soviets. Other critics likened him to Bernon F Mitchell and William H Martin, two NSA analysts who defected in 1960 to the Soviet Union, and had a miserable time there for the rest of their lives. The analogies were unfair. Snowden was no traitor.