Jan 16, 2015

Counterterror spying foiled plot targeting U.S. Capitol, Boehner says

A recently uncovered jihadi-inspired plot by a young American to massacre lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol was discovered thanks to the government’s controversial surveillance programs, House Speaker John Boehner claimed on Thursday. “We would never have known about this had it not been for ...

Jan 13, 2015

Russian spy agency sought to recruit Snowden: report

A close ally of Edward Snowden has told filmmakers that Russia’s intelligence agency sought to recruit the former NSA contractor, but he declined the offer. WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison said the Russian FSB intelligence security service approached Snowden while he was stuck in the ...

CIA to get sweeping review

Nov 21, 2014

CIA to get sweeping review

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping internal review that could dramatically change how the leading U.S. spy agency is organized, officials said Thursday. In a Sept. 24 message to CIA employees, Brennan said it was time “we take a close ...

Nov 19, 2014

U.S. Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government’s controversial bulk collection of data about Americans. The vote marks a blow for President Barack Obama, who had supported the reforms, and sets ...

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. spying on public's mobiles with 'dirtbox' airborne program: report

U.S. justice officials are scooping up mobile phone data from unwitting Americans as part of a sophisticated airborne surveillance program designed to catch criminals, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Small aircraft deployed by the U.S. Marshals Service from at least five major airports ...

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

Oct 12, 2014

'Love is love' as Snowden's girlfriend joins him in Russia

U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum by Moscow after revealing the extent of U.S. global surveillance, has been reunited with his girlfriend in Russia, his lawyer said Saturday. Snowden’s longtime partner, American dancer Lindsay Mills, joined him in Moscow in July, it ...

Oct 8, 2014

Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release NSA request info

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. The social media company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full “transparency report,” which documents ...

Sep 14, 2014

NSA, British spy agency have secret access to Deutsche Telekom: report

The U.S. National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly. An NSA program called “Treasure Map” gives the U.S. agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping ...

Jul 20, 2014

Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday ...

Jul 17, 2014

WikiLeaks founder loses bid to have arrest warrant scrapped

Julian Assange on Wednesday lost a court bid to get an arrest warrant against him scrapped, leaving the WikiLeaks founder marooned in Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he sought refuge more than two years ago. The 43-year-old Assange fears extradition to Sweden to face ...

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. spying hasn't hurt its global image: poll

Widespread global opposition to U.S. electronic surveillance since the revelations of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has not badly harmed the overall image of the United States, and it remains far more popular around the world than rising power China, according to a ...