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For Ellen Nakashima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 22, 2013

U.S. reasserts need to keep domestic surveillance secret

The government Friday reasserted its claim of state-secrets privilege to keep under wraps what it says are operational details in two long-running lawsuits alleging the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ emails and phone calls is unlawful. Federal officials also for the first time ...

Dec 21, 2013

NSA, GCHQ targeted foreign interests, allies, heads of aid groups

British and United States spy agencies targeted the office of an Israeli prime minister, the heads of international aid organizations and a European Union official who oversees antitrust issues involving U.S. technology firms, according to secret documents. The targets were among more than 1,000 ...

Nov 30, 2013

Key officials back splitting NSA, Cyber Command

Key senior administration officials have advocated splitting the leadership of the largest U.S. spy agency from that of the military’s cyberwarfare command as a final White House decision nears, according to individuals briefed on the discussions. At a White House meeting of senior national ...

ACLU seeks termination of NSA's call-records program

Nov 23, 2013

ACLU seeks termination of NSA's call-records program

Civil liberties advocates on Friday asked a federal court in New York to end the National Security Agency counterterrorism program that collects data on billions of phone calls by Americans, arguing that it violates the Constitution and was not authorized by Congress. The case ...

NSA chief: European spy agencies gave us data

Oct 30, 2013

NSA chief: European spy agencies gave us data

The director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday dismissed as “completely false” reports that his agency swept up millions of phone records of European citizens, and he revealed that data collected by NATO allies were shared with the United States. Gen. Keith Alexander ...

Oct 25, 2013

Foreign services told that Snowden has files on cooperation with U.S.

U.S. officials are alerting some foreign intelligence services that documents detailing their secret cooperation with the United States have been obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to government officials. Snowden, U.S. officials said, took tens of thousands of documents, some ...

'Broad standard' OKs NSA snooping

Aug 10, 2013

'Broad standard' OKs NSA snooping

The Obama administration on Friday asserted a bold and broad power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans to search for a nugget of information that might thwart a terrorist attack. In a 22-page white paper, the Department of Justice for the ...

Jul 9, 2013

U.S. Web-monitoring devices in Iran, Sudan

American-made devices used for Internet monitoring have been detected on government and commercial computer networks in Iran and Sudan, in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions that ban the sale of goods, services or technology to the autocratic states, according to new research. Several of ...

Snowden files stoke U.S. security concerns

| Jun 26, 2013

Snowden files stoke U.S. security concerns

The ability of contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden to evade arrest is raising new concerns among U.S. officials about the security of top-secret documents he is believed to have in his possession — and about the possibility that he could willingly share them with those who ...