If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

What’s the CIA’s brilliant plan for stopping Russian cyber-attacks on the US and their alleged interference with the US election? Apparently, some in the agency want to escalate tensions between the two superpowers even more and possibly do the same thing right back to them.

Fuente: If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

NSA Theft Suspect Worked For Contractor That Sells the Government Tech for Spotting Rogue Employees

Booz Allen Hamilton, the defense contracting giant whose employee was charged Wednesday in connection with the theft of hacking codes used by the National Security Agency, provides a fairly ironic service to the government: spotting rogue employees.

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NSA contractor arrested for alleged theft of top secret classified information | US news | The Guardian

Shares183Save for laterThe FBI has arrested a National Security Agency contractor on suspicion of the theft of top secret classified data and documents in an alleged security breach at the same intelligence agency whose spy secrets were exposed by Edward Snowden.

Fuente: NSA contractor arrested for alleged theft of top secret classified information | US news | The Guardian

The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base. Originally used to monitor Soviet communications through the Cold War, its focus has since dramatically shifted, and today it is a vital part of the NSA’s sprawling global surveillance network.

Fuente: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide

As part of an ongoing effort to “exploit medical intelligence,” the National Security Agency teamed up with the military-focused Defense Intelligence Agency to extract “medical SIGINT” from the intercepted communications of nonprofit groups starting in the early 2000s, a top-secret document shows.

Fuente: How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide

Se cumple el aniversario de la filtración masiva de datos del Hacking Team | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Hace un año, más de mil 500 correos electrónicos y 400 GB de información de la empresa italiana Hacking Team, dedicada a la venta de software para vigilancia, fueron hechos públicos.

Fuente: Se cumple el aniversario de la filtración masiva de datos del Hacking Team | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.

Fuente: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

From the time we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded. As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived.Today, The Intercept is announcing two innovations in how we report on and publish these materials. Both measures are designed to ensure that reporting on the archive continues in as expeditious and informative a manner as possible, in accordance with the agreements we entered into with our source about how these materials would be disclosed, a framework that he, and we, have publicly described on numerous occasions.

Fuente: The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

Documents Reveal Secretive U.K. Surveillance Policies

NEWLY DISCLOSED DOCUMENTS offer a rare insight into the secretive legal regime underpinning the British government’s controversial mass surveillance programs.The London-based group Privacy International obtained the previously confidential files as part of an ongoing legal case challenging the scope of British spies’ covert collection of huge troves of private data.

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Hacking Team Is Back In Business, But Struggling To Survive | Motherboard

Earlier this year, a representative for the notorious surveillance vendor Hacking Team traveled to South America to pitch the company’s marquee spyware product to a potential new customer.The representative gave a presentation at the office of a government agency, showed off the spyware control center, and handed out some marketing materials.It was an unremarkable sales pitch—affirmed by the fact that the potential client decided not to buy, according to a source who attended the meeting—except for the timing, which was almost six months after what some consider Hacking Team’s near-death experience.

Fuente: Hacking Team Is Back In Business, But Struggling To Survive | Motherboard

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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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.

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics – The Intercept

Documents Reveal Canada’s Secret Hacking Tactics – The Intercept.

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Canada’s electronic surveillance agency has secretly developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and destroying adversaries’ infrastructure, according to newly revealed classified documents.

Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, has also covertly hacked into computers across the world to gather intelligence, breaking into networks in Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and North Africa, the documents show.

The revelations, reported Monday by CBC News in collaboration with The Intercept, shine a light for the first time on how Canada has adopted aggressive tactics to attack, sabotage, and infiltrate targeted computer systems.

The latest disclosures come as the Canadian government debates whether to hand over more powers to its spies to disrupt threats as part of the controversial anti-terrorism law, Bill C-51.

Christopher Parsons, a surveillance expert at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, told CBC News that the new revelations showed that Canada’s computer networks had already been “turned into a battlefield without any Canadian being asked: Should it be done? How should it be done?”

According to documents obtained by The Intercept from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, CSE has a wide range of powerful tools to perform “computer network exploitation” and “computer network attack” operations. These involve hacking into networks to either gather intelligence or to damage adversaries’ infrastructure, potentially including electricity, transportation or banking systems. The most well-known example of a state-sponsored “attack” operation involved the use of Stuxnet, a computer worm that was reportedly developed by the United States and Israel to sabotage Iranian nuclear facilities.

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.

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile | World | The Guardian

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile | World | The Guardian.

Fiction and films, the nearest most of us knowingly get to the world of espionage, give us a series of reliable stereotypes. British spies are hard-bitten, libidinous he-men. Russian agents are thickset, low-browed and facially scarred. And defectors end up as tragic old soaks in Moscow, scanning old copies of the Times for news of the Test match.

Such a fate was anticipated for Edward Snowden by Michael Hayden, a former NSA and CIA chief, who predicted last September that the former NSA analyst would be stranded in Moscow for the rest of his days – “isolated, bored, lonely, depressed… and alcoholic”.

But the Edward Snowden who materialises in our hotel room shortly after noon on the appointed day seems none of those things. A year into his exile in Moscow, he feels less, not more, isolated. If he is depressed, he doesn’t show it. And, at the end of seven hours of conversation, he refuses a beer. “I actually don’t drink.” He smiles when repeating Hayden’s jibe. “I was like, wow, their intelligence is worse than I thought.”

Oliver Stone, who is working on a film about the man now standing in room 615 of the Golden Apple hotel on Moscow’s Malaya Dmitrovka, might struggle to make his subject live up to the canon of great movie spies. The American director has visited Snowden in Moscow, and wants to portray him as an out-and-out hero, but he is an unconventional one: quiet, disciplined, unshowy, almost academic in his speech. If Snowden has vices – and God knows they must have been looking for them – none has emerged in the 13 months since he slipped away from his life as a contracted NSA analyst in Hawaii, intent on sharing the biggest cache of top-secret material the world has ever seen.

Since arriving in Moscow, Snowden has been keeping late and solitary hours – effectively living on US time, tapping away on one of his three computers (three to be safe; he uses encrypted chat, too). If anything, he appears more connected and outgoing than he could be in his former life as an agent. Of his life now, he says, “There’s actually not that much difference. You know, I think there are guys who are just hoping to see me sad. And they’re going to continue to be disappointed.”

When the Guardian first spoke to Snowden a year ago in Hong Kong, he had been dishevelled, his hair uncombed, wearing jeans and a T-shirt. The 31-year-old who materialised last week was smartly, if anonymously, dressed in black trousers and grey jacket, his hair tidily cut. He is jockey-light – even skinnier than a year ago. And he looks pale: “Probably three steps from death,” he jokes. “I mean, I don’t eat a whole lot. I keep a weird schedule. I used to be very active, but just in the recent period I’ve had too much work to focus on.”

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There was no advance warning of where we would meet: his only US television interview, with NBC’s Brian Williams in May, was conducted in an anonymous hotel room of Snowden’s choosing. This time, he prefers to come to us. On his arrival, there is a warm handshake for Guardian reporter Ewen MacAskill, whom he last saw in Hong Kong – a Sunday night after a week of intense work in a frowsty hotel room, a few hours before the video revealing his identity to the world went public. Neither man knew if they would ever meet again.

Snowden orders chicken curry from room service and, as he forks it down, is immediately into the finer points of the story that yanked him from a life of undercover anonymity to global fame. The Snowden-as-alcoholic jibe is not the only moment when he reflects wryly on his former colleagues’ patchy ability to get on top of events over the past year. There was, for instance, the incident last July when a plane carrying President Evo Morales back to Bolivia from Moscow was forced down in Vienna and searched for a stowaway Snowden. “I was like, first off, wow, their intelligence sucks, from listening to everything. But, two, are they really going to the point of just completely humiliating the president of a Latin American nation, the representative of so many people? It was just shockingly poorly thought out, and yet they did it anyway, and they keep at these sort of mistakes.” It was as if they were trying not to find him. “I almost felt like I had some sort of friend in government.”

New NSA chief says 'sky not falling down' after Snowden revelations | World news | theguardian.com

New NSA chief says ‘sky not falling down’ after Snowden revelations | World news | theguardian.com.

Michael Rogers says some terrorists have made changes to the way they communicate but talks down damage from revelations



Admiral Michael Rogers, the new head of the NSA.

Admiral Michael Rogers, the new head of the NSA. Photograph: Lauren Victoria Burke/AP


The new director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, has played down the damage caused by Edward Snowden‘s revelations – in contrast to claims by his predecessor and British counterparts that it was one of the worst breaches in intelligence history.

Rogers said in an interview with the New York Times that some terrorists had made changes in the way they communicate as a result of the revelations focusing on the US spying communications agency, but overall he had concluded the sky was not falling down.

His predecessor, General Keith Alexander, described the leak of tens of thousands of documents from the NSA and British counterpart GCHQ – as well as the surveillance agencies of Australia, New Zealand and Canada– as “the greatest damage to our combined nations’ intelligence systems that we have ever suffered”. British intelligence has spoken of areas of the world having “gone dark” and of disruption caused to intelligence-gathering.

The outgoing head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, giving evidence to a parliamentary committee, said Britain’s enemies were rubbing their hands with glee and “al-Qaida is lapping it up”.

Rogers said the agency had overheard terrorist groups “specifically referencing data detailed” by Snowden’s revelations. “I have seen groups not only talk about making changes, I have seen them make changes,” he said. But he added: “You have not heard me as the director say, ‘Oh, my God, the sky is falling.’ I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterisations.”

Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden 'staggering' | World news | theguardian.com

Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’ | World news | theguardian.com.

• Classified assessment describes impact of leaks as ‘grave’
• Report does not include specific detail to support conclusions
• 12 of 39 heavily redacted pages released after Foia request

Read the full Defense Intelligence Agency report



Edward Snowden Meets With German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele In Moscow
The DIA report has been cited numerous times by politicians who claimed Snowden’s leaks have put US personnel at risk. Photograph: Sunshine Press/Getty


A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”.

The Guardian has obtained a copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s classified damage assessment in response to a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit filed against the Defense Department earlier this year. The heavily redacted 39-page report was prepared in December and is titled “DoD Information Review Task Force-2: Initial Assessment, Impacts Resulting from the Compromise of Classified Material by a Former NSA Contractor.”

But while the DIA report describes the damage to US intelligence capabilities as “grave”, the government still refuses to release any specific details to support this conclusion. The entire impact assessment was redacted from the material released to the Guardian under a presidential order that protects classified information and several other Foia exemptions.

Only 12 pages of the report were declassified by DIA and released. A Justice Department attorney said DIA would continue to process other internal documents that refer to the DIA report for possible release later this year.

Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, questioned the decision to withhold specific details.

“The essence of the report is contained in the statement that ‘the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering’. But all elaboration of what this striking statement means has been withheld,” he said.

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


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.

Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament | World news | theguardian.com

Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament | World news | theguardian.com.

MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety
Edward Snowden Meets With German Green Party MP Hans-Christian Stroebele

The report will call for international protection for whistleblowers without mentioning Edward Snowden by name. Photograph: Sunshinepress/Getty Images

The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum and security to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower.

The parliament’s civil liberties committee is to vote on more than 500 amendments to the first ever parliamentary inquiry into the NSA andGCHQ scandal, a 60-page report that is damning about the scale and the impact of mass surveillance.

But there is no consensus on an amendment proposed by the Greens calling on EU governments to assure Snowden of his safety in the event that he emerges from hiding in Russia and comes to Europe.

Amid what key MEPs have described as intense pressure from national governments on parliament – from the Conservatives and their allies, from the mainstream centre-right and from social democrats – the asylum call has no chance of passing.

“The amendment asking for asylum won’t go through,” said Claude Moraes, the British Labour MEP who is the principal author of the report. “That was a red line for the right. There was never going to be a realistic majority for that.”

EE UU acusa a Rusia de filtrar una conversación entre dos diplomáticos | Internacional | EL PAÍS

EE UU acusa a Rusia de filtrar una conversación entre dos diplomáticos | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

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Una conversación telefónica sobre Ucrania entre diplomáticos estadounidenses filtrada y publicada en YouTube este jueves ha elevado aún más la tensión en la crisis sobre el futuro del país. En la grabación, Victoria Nuland, secretaria de Estado adjunta para asuntos europeos de EEUU y Geoffrey Pyatt, embajador estadounidense en Kiev, mantienen un esclarecedora conversación en la que se debate la capacidad de algunos líderes de la oposición para participar en un futuro gobierno ucranio; se discute de cómo facilitar que la protesta contra el actual Gobierno cuaje; y se hace una referencia displicente a la Unión Europea.

La Casa Blanca responsabilizó al gobierno ruso de estar detrás de la filtración. Victoria Nuland, secretaria de Estado adjunta para asuntos europeos, se ha disculpado por sus declaraciones, según informó el Departamento de Estado. El Gobierno ruso sostuvo que la conversación demuestra que Washington maniobra para que tome cuerpo un golpe contra el gobierno ucraniano.

La grabación, publicada en YouTube, contiene un diálogo de poco más de cuatro minutos entre Nuland y Pyatt.

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower | World news | The Guardian

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower | World news | The Guardian.

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden’s journey from patriot to America’s most wanted
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In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.

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TheTrueHOOHA wanted to set up his own web server. It was a Saturday morning, a little after 11am. He posted: “It’s my first time. Be gentle. Here’s my dilemma: I want to be my own host. What do I need?”

Soon, regular users were piling in with helpful suggestions. TheTrueHOOHA replied: “Ah, the vast treasury of geek knowledge that is Ars.” He would become a prolific contributor; over the next eight years, he authored nearly 800 comments. He described himself variously as “unemployed”, a failed soldier, a “systems editor”, and someone who had US State Department security clearance.

His home was on the east coast of America in the state of Maryland, near Washington DC. But by his mid-20s he was already an international man of mystery. He popped up in Europe – in Geneva, London, Ireland, Italy and Bosnia. He travelled to India. Despite having no degree, he knew an astonishing amount about computers. His politics appeared staunchly Republican. He believed strongly in personal liberty, defending, for example, Australians who farmed cannabis plants.

At times he could be rather obnoxious. He called one fellow-Arsian, for example, a “cock”; others who disagreed with his sink-or-swim views on social security were “fucking retards”.

His chat logs cover a colourful array of themes: gaming, girls, sex, Japan, the stock market, his disastrous stint in the US army, his negative impressions of multiracial Britain (he was shocked by the number of “Muslims” in east London and wrote, “I thought I had gotten off of the plane in the wrong country… it was terrifying”), the joys of gun ownership (“I have a Walther P22. It’s my only gun but I love it to death,” he wrote in 2006). In their own way, the logs form a Bildungsroman.

Then, in 2009, the entries fizzle away. In February 2010, TheTrueHOOHA mentions a thing that troubles him: pervasive government surveillance. “Society really seems to have developed an unquestioning obedience towards spooky types… Did we get to where we are today via a slippery slope that was entirely within our control to stop? Or was it a relatively instantaneous sea change that sneaked in undetected because of pervasive government secrecy?”

TheTrueHOOHA’s last post is on 21 May 2012. After that, he disappears, a lost electronic signature amid the vastness of cyberspace. He was, we now know, Edward Snowden.

Obama pretende cerrar la controversia del espionaje de la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Obama pretende cerrar la controversia del espionaje de la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

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El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, tratará de cerrar definitivamente este viernes la controversia que se ha generado alrededor del espionaje de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad (NSA) filtrados por Edward Snowden con el anuncio de los cambios que tiene previsto ejecutar en el funcionamiento y la estructura de la agencia de espionaje. Hasta ahora, sólo la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, una de las más notables damnificadas por la vigilancia del Gobierno de EE UU, y el Primer Ministro británico, David Cameron, dirigente del principal aliado en las prácticas de la NSA -Obama llamó a Merkel la semana pasada y el jueves habló con Cameron-, conocen el resultado de una reforma que pretende, según la Casa Blanca, dotar de más transparencia a las actividades de los servicios de Inteligencia pero garantizando la equidistancia y el equilibrio entre la seguridad y la protección del derecho a la privacidad.

Poco ha trascendido del alcance de la revisión, más allá de que es muy probable que el presidente modifique de forma radical el programa de recopilación masiva de llamadas, de acuerdo con la información recogida por varios medios de comunicación estadounidenses y adopte varias de las recomendaciones que el comité presidencial de expertos, nombrado en agosto, entregó a la Casa Blanca a finales de diciembre, entre ellas una supervisión más férrea de la ejecución de los programas de la NSA o el traslado a una tercera agencia o a una empresa privada del control de las bases de metadatos obtenidas gracias a los programas de recopilación de llamadas.

El goteo de filtraciones se ha convertido en la mayor pesadilla de la segunda legislatura de Obama que haempañado casi la totalidad de la actividad política del presidente a lo largo de 2013. Snowden sigue en Rusia, en un claro recuerdo del fracaso de la diplomacia estadounidense por obtener su extradición; el Congreso -cuyo apoyo va a ser determinante en la ejecución de las reformas que proponga Obama respecto de la vigilancia de ciudadanos estadounidenses y en el interior de EE UU- ha encontrado otro foco de disputa y división en torno a la necesidad de mantener o suprimir parte de los programas de la NSA; la constatación del espionaje a líderes extranjeros ha maniatado a la Administración en materia de política exterior.

La magnitud y la discrecionalidad de la vigilancia ejercida por el Gobierno de EE UU ha minado la credibilidad de Obama, cuestionando seriamente su reputación como adalid de los derechos civiles y de la transparencia gubernativa que preconizó al llegar a la Casa Blanca. De la saga del espionaje, el control de la comunicación personal de los líderes políticos es, quizás, el capítulo que más titulares y controversia ha suscitado.

La destilación diaria de nuevos programas y prácticas de la NSA ha hecho perder la perspectiva de la dimensión y la transcendencia de una actividad que, realmente parece no tener límites. La que sigue es una recopilación exhaustiva de todas las informaciones sobre el espionaje de la agencia y sus consecuencias que han aparecido en la prensa de todo el mundo desde que el 5 de junio, The Guardian revelara el contenido de los primeros documentos sustraídos por Snowden.

Los servicios secretos franceses admiten que colaboran con la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Los servicios secretos franceses admiten que colaboran con la NSA | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

Una fuente oficial reconoce a ‘Le Monde’ la ayuda, pero niega que Francia enviara 70 millones de datos a Washington


París 30 OCT 2013 – 14:53 CET


El director general de la NSA, Keith Alexander, testifica el martes ante un comité del Congreso de EE UU. / Evan Vucci (AP)

Después de que las autoridades francesas mostraran su indignación y estupor ante la amplitud de las escuchas electrónicas supuestamente realizadas por la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad de EEUU (NSA) en Francia, algunos elementos nuevos parecen sugerir que París habría fingido, al menos en parte, esa sorpresa.

Tras el espectacular desmentido del jefe de la NSA, el general Keith Alexander, que el martes calificó como “completamente falsas” las informaciones publicadas por Le Monde y El Mundo en Francia y España sobre el espionaje masivo de Estados Unidos en Europa –Alexander acusó a sus aliados europeos de ser los autores de las escuchas y del envío a Washington de millones de datos secretos-, el diario francés confirma que Francia envió información a la NSA en virtud de un acuerdo secreto vigente desde finales de 2011.

Una fuente anónima de la Dirección de los Servicios Exteriores (DGSE) afirmó a Le Monde que el protocolo de intercambio de datos empezó a funcionar a principios de 2012, lo que confirma una información publicada el 28 de octubre por el Süddeutsche Zeitung, que aseguraba que la NSA y la DGSE mantienen un programa común de vigilancia llamado Lustre.

erktheerk comenta en NSALeaks as of 10/22/13 Chronological order

erktheerk comenta en NSALeaks as of 10/22/13 Chronological order.

  • Friday 04 October 2013

‘Peeling back the layers of Tor with EgotisticalGiraffe’

  • Thursday 03 October 2013

Lavabit founder reveals that the FBI demanded access to over 400,000 email accounts, not just Snowden’s, prompting the company’s closure

  • Thursday 03 October 2013

The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ; Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society

  • Thursday 03 October 2013

NEWSNIGHT: Glenn Greenwald full interview on Snowden, NSA, GCHQ and spying – [14:09]

  • Thursday 03 October 2013

NSA Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations; in 2010 and 2011 conducted a secret pilot project to test the collection of bulk data about the location of Americans’ cellphones

  • Monday 30 September 2013

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show; vast amounts of data kept in repository codenamed Marina; data retained regardless of whether person is NSA target

Barack Obama calls François Hollande following NSA revelations in France | World news | theguardian.com

Barack Obama calls François Hollande following NSA revelations in France | World news | theguardian.com.

White House highlights intelligence review after Le Monde published details from Edward Snowden which suggest the NSA has intercepted French phone traffic on a massive scale

The White House conceded on Monday that revelations about how its intelligence agencies have intercepted enormous amounts of French phone traffic raised “legitimate questions for our friends and allies”.

In a statement released after a phone call between Barack Obama and his counterpart, François Hollande, the White House made one of its strongest admissions yet about the diplomatic impact of the disclosures by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The French government had earlier summoned the US ambassador in Paris on Monday to demand an urgent explanation over claims that the National Security Agency had engaged in widespread phone and internet surveillance of French citizens.

The French daily Le Monde published details from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, suggesting the NSA had been intercepting French phone traffic on what it termed “a massive scale”.

“The president and President Hollande discussed recent disclosures in the press – some of which have distorted our activities, and some of which raise legitimate questions for our friends and allies about how these capabilities are employed,” the White House said in a statement.

“The president made clear that the United States has begun to review the way that we gather intelligence, so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share. The two presidents agreed that we should continue to discuss these issues in diplomatic channels.”

Periodista que destapó caso Snowden anuncia “nuevos bombazos” sobre espionaje de EEUU en Latinoamérica – El Mostrador

Periodista que destapó caso Snowden anuncia “nuevos bombazos” sobre espionaje de EEUU en Latinoamérica – El Mostrador.

El principal contacto del ex técnico de la CIA además abogó por un periodismo centrado en exponer los excesos de los gobiernos.

Espionaje periodismo

El periodista Glenn Greenwald, principal contacto del ex técnico de la CIA Edward Snowden, prometió que habrá más “bombazos” sobre el espionaje de EE.UU. en Latinoamérica y abogó por un periodismo centrado en exponer los excesos de los gobiernos, en la cuarta jornada de la Asamblea General de la SIP.

Tras una sesión matutina centrada en el debate sobre la legalización de la marihuana, la asamblea de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), que se celebra desde el viernes en Denver (Colorado), abordó las revelaciones sobre el espionaje a escala global de EE.UU. con la intervención de Greenwald.

En una conferencia telefónica desde Brasil, donde reside, Greenwald aseguró que “la mayoría” de los archivos que Snowden se llevó consigo en su huida desde EE.UU. a Hong Kong y después a Rusia “están aún sin publicar”, y confió en que saldrán a la luz pronto.

“Puedo prometer, absolutamente, que habrá muchas más noticias al menos tan significativas como las que ya han salido”, dijo el periodista, que ha cooperado con Snowden para verificar y publicar la gran mayoría de sus documentos sobre el espionaje estadounidense.

Preguntado por si aún quedan “bombazos” por revelar sobre las actividades de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad estadounidense (NSA) en Latinoamérica, Greenwald respondió con un “por supuesto”.

Edward Snowden reaparece entre sombras | Internacional | EL PAÍS

Edward Snowden reaparece entre sombras | Internacional | EL PAÍS.

El informático que desveló el espionaje masivo de EE UU logra vivir de incógnito en Rusia mientras aprende el idioma, cambia de imagen y busca trabajo


Moscú 10 OCT 2013 – 21:31 CET

Snowden, flanqueado por otros filtradores estadounidenses este miércoles en Moscú. / GETTY


Hace ya más de dos meses que Edward Snowden, el exinformático de la CIA que reveló los secretos del espionaje masivo de Estados Unidos, abandonó la zona de tránsito internacional del aeropuerto de Sheremétievo donde se vio bloqueado durante 39 días, y pudo entrar en Moscú. En este tiempo, solo se han visto en la prensa dos fotos de él —la última, ayer, de su reunión con otros filtradores de EE UU que le homenajearon— pero con ellas parece demostrarse que Snowden comienza a sentirse cada vez más cómodo en Rusia. Sin embargo, aún quedan muchas preguntas sobre su vida cotidiana sin contestar y ni siquiera se sabe con certeza si vive en Moscú, en los alrededores de la capital o en otra ciudad cercana.

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media | Media | theguardian.com

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media | Media | theguardian.com.

Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should ‘fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can’t control’

Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. Photograph: Wally McNamee/Corbis

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist”.

He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

Snowden changed the debate on surveillance

He is certain that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “changed the whole nature of the debate” about surveillance. Hersh says he and other journalists had written about surveillance, but Snowden was significant because he provided documentary evidence – although he is sceptical about whether the revelations will change the US government’s policy.

“Duncan Campbell [the British investigative journalist who broke the Zircon cover-up story], James Bamford [US journalist] and Julian Assange and me and the New Yorker, we’ve all written the notion there’s constant surveillance, but he [Snowden] produced a document and that changed the whole nature of the debate, it’s real now,” Hersh says.

“Editors love documents. Chicken-shit editors who wouldn’t touch stories like that, they love documents, so he changed the whole ball game,” he adds, before qualifying his remarks.

Various items: NSA stories around the world | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Various items: NSA stories around the world | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Revelations continue to produce outcomes on multiple levels in numerous countries around the world

(updated below)

I’m still working at trying to get the next set of NSA stories published. That, combined with a rapidly approaching book deadline, will make non-NSA-article postings difficult for the next couple of weeks. Until then, here are a few items to note regarding a point I have often tried to make: namely, one of the most overlooked aspects of the NSA reporting in the US has been just how global of a story this has become:

Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: our new heroes | Slavoj Zizek | Comment is free | The Guardian

Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: our new heroes | Slavoj Zizek | Comment is free | The Guardian.

As the NSA revelations have shown, whistleblowing is now an essential art. It is our means of keeping ‘public reason’ alive



We all remember President Obama’s smiling face, full of hope and trust, in his first campaign: “Yes, we can!” – we can get rid of the cynicism of the Bush era and bring justice and welfare to the American people. Now that the US continues its covert operations and expands its intelligence network, spying even on its allies, we can imagine protesters shouting at Obama: “How can you use drones for killing? How can you spy even on our allies?” Obama murmurs with a mockingly evil smile: “Yes, we can.”

But simple personalisation misses the point: the threat to freedom disclosed by whistleblowers has deeper, systemic roots. Edward Snowden should be defended not only because his acts annoyed and embarrassed US secret services; what he revealed is something that not only the US but also all great (and not so great) powers – from China to Russia, Germany to Israel – are doing (to the extent they are technologically able to do it).

His acts provided a factual foundation to our suspicions of being monitored and controlled – their lesson is global, reaching far beyond the standard US-bashing. We didn’t really learn from Snowden (or Manning) anything we didn’t already presume to be true. But it is one thing to know it in general, another to get concrete data. It is a little like knowing that one’s sexual partner is playing around – one can accept the abstract knowledge, but pain arises when one gets the steamy details, pictures of what they were doing …

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets – NYTimes.com

How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets – NYTimes.com.

Olaf Blecker for The New York Times

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in Berlin.





This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it.

The stranger responded with instructions for creating an even more secure system to protect their exchanges. Promising sensitive information, the stranger told Poitras to select long pass phrases that could withstand a brute-force attack by networked computers. “Assume that your adversary is capable of a trillion guesses per second,” the stranger wrote.

Before long, Poitras received an encrypted message that outlined a number of secret surveillance programs run by the government. She had heard of one of them but not the others. After describing each program, the stranger wrote some version of the phrase, “This I can prove.”

Überwachung: BND leitet massenhaft Metadaten an die NSA weiter


Abhöranlage in Bad Aibling: BND-Standort soll eine der US-Datensammelstellen seinZur Großansicht


Abhöranlage in Bad Aibling: BND-Standort soll eine der US-Datensammelstellen sein

Die NSA verfügt über Millionen Verbindungsdaten aus Deutschland – nach SPIEGEL-Recherchen übermittelt der Bundesnachrichtendienst viele der Informationen. Auch die technische Kooperation der beiden Geheimdienste ist enger als bislang bekannt.

Hamburg – Der Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) übermittelt in großem Umfang Metadaten aus der eigenen Fernmeldeaufklärung an die NSA. Der deutsche Auslandsgeheimdienst geht inzwischen davon aus, dass sich sein Standort in Bad Aibling hinter einer der beiden Datensammelstellen (Sigads) verbergen könnte, über die der US-Geheimdienst laut Unterlagen aus dem Archiv des Whistleblowers Edward Snowden allein im Dezember vergangenen Jahres unter der Überschrift “Germany – Last 30 days” rund 500 Millionen Metadaten erfasste.

Edward Snowden: 'The US government will say I aided our enemies' – video interview


In the second part of an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations of top-secret documents regarding its spying operations on domestic and foreign internet traffic, email and phone use. This interview was recorded in Hong Kong on 6 June 2013

• Watch the first part of the exclusive interview with Edward Snowden

• Read the Guardian’s full NSA files coverage

Caso Snowden: los filtradores “top secret” y Chile


9 de Julio de 2013

Historia de los escándalos clave que han sacudido a la CIA

De un modo u otro, Chile ha estado siempre vinculado a las grandes filtraciones de información provenientes de Estados Unidos e Inglaterra, ya sea por vínculos muy tenues e indirectos, como en el caso de “Los Papeles del Pentágono”, o bien en el ojo del Huracán, como sucedió con “Los Papeles de la ITT” y con el espionaje de que fue objeto el 2003, previo a la invasión a Irak.

El exagente de la CIA que filtró el ciberespionaje de EEUU está en paradero desconocido

El exagente de la CIA que filtró el ciberespionaje de EEUU está en paradero desconocido

El informático de la CIA  de EEUU ha desaparecido tras destaparse como fuente en una entrevista

PÚBLICO/AGENCIAS Washington 10/06/2013 17:18 Actualizado: 10/06/2013 17:41

El estadounidense Edward Snowden, que se ha destapado como la fuente detrás de la filtración de documentos secretos sobre la vigilancia de las telecomunicaciones de millones de usuarios efectuada por la Agencia Nacional de Inteligencia (NSA) de EEUU, ha dejado el hotel de Hong Kong donde estaba escondido y se desconoce su paradero.

Daniel Ellsberg, el analista militar que en 1971 filtró los llamados Papeles del Pentágono sobre la guerra de Vietnam, se ha declarado “impresionado” por la actitud de Snowden, quien a su juicio ha prestado “un servicio incalculable” a los ciudadanos. Si hubiera conocido los programas secretos de la NSA “habría hecho exactamente lo que ha hecho“, dijo el domingo por la noche a la CNN el responsable de filtrar los documentos que revelaron la auténtica situación de la guerra de Vietnam y lo que pensaba el Departamento de Defensa sobre ese conflicto.


El hombre que reveló la amplia red de vigilancia de EE.UU.


10 de Junio de 2013

Un ex funcionario de la CIA, Edward Snowden, fue identificado por el diario británico The Guardian como la persona que reveló el alcance del plan de vigilancia secreta de llamadas e internet. ¿Cuáles fueron sus motivaciones?


Un ex funcionario de la CIA, la agencia de inteligencia de EE.UU., ha sido identificado por el diario británico The Guardian como la fuente de las filtraciones sobre los programas de vigilancia secreta de llamadas telefónicas e internet de Estados Unidos.

Edward Snowden, de 29 años, es descrito por el periódico como un exasistente técnico de la CIA que actualmente trabaja para el contratista de defensa Booz Allen Hamilton.


‘The Guardian’ identifica a la fuente de la información sobre el ciberespionaje


La documentación fue facilitada por Edward Snowden, de 29 años, exempleado de la CIA

Edward Snowden, en el vídeo publicado por ‘The Guardian’. / THE GUARDIAN

La fuente que filtró a The Guardian y a The Washngton Post los programas de vigilancia masiva de las comunicaciones por parte del Gobierno de EE UU ha revelado su identidad en una entrevistapublicada el domingo por la tarde en la edición digital del diario británico. Edward Snowden, de 29, antiguo asistente técnico de la CIA y que en la actualidad trabaja para una empresa subcontratada por laAgencia de Seguridad Nacional (NSA), reconoció ser el autor de las filtraciones y asegura que facilitó la información porque no le parecían correctas las prácticas de la Administración y quería que los ciudadanos supieran cómo se atentaba contra su privacidad.