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Jun 18, 2013

Moves to limit U.S. contractor access to secrets meets resistance

June 18 (Reuters) – Industry executives and some corners of
the U.S. intelligence community are pushing back against
possible legislative moves to curb contractors’ access to
classified information.

Following leaks by former National Security Agency
contractor Edward Snowden, Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne
Feinstein is working on legislation intended to restrict spy
agencies from assigning contractors like Snowden to sensitive
jobs.

Jun 18, 2013

U.S. says surveillance thwarted NYSE attack, Somali funding

By John Shiffman and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday identified two of the more than 50 classified cases in which they say National Security Agency eavesdropping helped thwart terrorist plots including a planned attack on the New York Stock Exchange.

The other, a San Diego money laundering investigation tied to financing for a Somali militia, is among the 27 cases cited in a Reuters report Tuesday [ID:nL2N0ET0PZ] in which the U.S. government filed public notice that it used a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant.

Jun 16, 2013

U.S. spy agency paper says fewer than 300 phone numbers closely scrutinized

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government only searched for detailed information on calls involving fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of raw phone records collected by the National Security Agency in 2012, according to a government paper obtained by Reuters on Saturday.

The unclassified paper was circulated Saturday within the government by U.S. intelligence agencies and apparently is an attempt by spy agencies and the Obama administration to rebut accusations that it overreached in investigating potential militant plots.

Jun 14, 2013

U.S. aid to Syria rebels likely to include mortars, RPGs: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is likely to send weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades and mortars to Syria’s rebels after President Barack Obama approved arming the insurgents, sources said on Friday.

A source in the Middle East who is familiar with U.S. dealings with the rebels told Reuters that weapon supplies would include automatic weapons, light mortars and rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs.

Jun 13, 2013

Surveillance thwarted attack on Danish newspaper: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s surveillance of phone and Internet communications led to the 2009 arrest of a Chicago man who was planning to bomb a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, the White House said on Thursday.

The White House also confirmed assertions by U.S. officials and members of Congress that electronic eavesdropping by the National Security Agency had helped foil a plot by Islamist militants to bomb the New York subway system in 2009.

Jun 12, 2013

Feds hunted for Snowden in days before NSA programs went public

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) – U.S. government
investigators began an urgent search for Edward Snowden several
days before the first media reports were published on the
government’s secret surveillance programs, people familiar with
the matter said on Wednesday.

Snowden, who has admitted to providing details of the
top-secret programs, had worked on assignment at a Hawaii
facility run by the National Security Agency for about four
weeks before he said he was ill and requested leave without pay,
according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jun 12, 2013

Obama names Avril Haines as deputy CIA director after Morell retires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name Avril Haines, a White House legal adviser, as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency after the current director, Michael Morell, said he would retire in August, the White House said on Wednesday.

Morell stood in as head of the CIA following the sudden resignation as director last year of David Petraeus over an affair with his biographer.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. reviews security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
launched an internal review of the potential damage to national
security from leaks about U.S. surveillance efforts, as a group
of senators and technology companies on Tuesday pushed the
government to be more open about the top-secret programs.

A senior U.S. intelligence official said the review will be
separate from a criminal investigation by the Justice Department
into Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security
Agency’s broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from
big companies such as Google Inc and Facebook Inc
.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. government weighs security damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
launched an internal review to assess damage to U.S. national
security from last week’s leak of top-secret details of
National Security Agency surveillance programs, a senior U.S.
intelligence official said.

The review is separate from an initial criminal
investigation into the leak opened by the Justice Department,
the official told Reuters.

Jun 11, 2013

Obama administration weighing damage from NSA disclosures

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has
launched an internal review to assess damage to national
security from Edward Snowden’s public release of top secret
details of National Security Agency eavesdropping programs, a
senior U.S. intelligence official told Reuters.

The review is separate from an initial criminal leak
investigation which has been opened by the Justice Department,
the official said.