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Nov 8, 2013

U.S., Germany discuss intelligence cooperation after Merkel affair

WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – After disclosures that the
U.S. National Security Agency tapped German Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s cellphone, Washington and Berlin are discussing new
rules to govern dealings between their spy agencies, U.S. and
European officials said.

Senior German officials, including the chiefs of Germany’s
foreign intelligence service, the BND, and its domestic security
agency, the BfV, met with Obama administration and U.S.
intelligence officials last weekend to discuss how to reshape
intelligence cooperation.

Nov 8, 2013

Exclusive: Snowden persuaded other NSA workers to give up passwords – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues at a spy base in Hawaii to access some of the classified material he leaked to the media, sources said.

A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments, said a source close to several U.S. government investigations into the damage caused by the leaks.

Nov 5, 2013

‘No-spy’ pact with Germany unlikely despite Snowden’s revelations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is working to improve intelligence cooperation with Germany but a sweeping “no-spy” agreement between the two countries is unlikely, a senior Obama administration official said on Tuesday.

German and U.S. intelligence officials are meeting this week following reports that the National Security Agency had monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Nov 1, 2013

UK: Snowden reporter’s partner involved in ‘espionage’ and ‘terrorism’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – British authorities claimed the domestic partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden through a London airport in August, according to police and intelligence documents.

Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained and questioned for nine hours by British authorities at Heathrow on August 18, when he landed there from Berlin to change planes for a flight to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Oct 31, 2013

Obama halted NSA spying on IMF and World Bank headquarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as part of a review of intelligence gathering activities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

The order is the latest move by the White House to demonstrate that it is willing to curb at least some surveillance in the wake of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of programs that collect huge quantities of data on U.S. allies and adversaries, and American citizens.

Oct 30, 2013

U.S. spy agency’s defense: Europeans did it too

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The political uproar over
alleged U.S. eavesdropping on close European allies has produced
an unusual defense from the National Security Agency: NSA says
it was the Europeans themselves who did the spying, and then
handed data to the Americans.

It is rare for intelligence officials to speak in any public
detail about liaison arrangements with foreign spy agencies
because such relationships are so sensitive. Even more unusual
is for the United States to point fingers at partners.

Oct 29, 2013

Exclusive: Obama orders curbs on NSA spying on U.N. headquarters

By Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama recently ordered the National Security Agency to curtail eavesdropping on the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of a review of U.S. electronic surveillance, according to a U.S. official familiar with the decision.

Obama’s order is the latest known move by the White House to limit the NSA’s vast intelligence collection, in the wake of protests by allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, over U.S. spying on foreign heads of state.

Oct 23, 2013

U.S. agencies moving slowly to tighten data security, despite major leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Despite saying they suffered major damage from classified documents made public by an Army soldier and a National Security Agency contractor, U.S. government agencies have fallen behind in installing computer software to stop such leaks, U.S. officials say.

Following the disclosure to the WikiLeaks website of hundreds of thousands of sensitive State Department cables and other documents by Army Private Bradley Manning, the White House in 2010 ordered U.S. spy agencies to install programs capable of blocking “insider threats.”

Oct 22, 2013

U.S. broke international law by killing civilians with drones: rights groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Human rights groups on Tuesday accused the United States of breaking international law and perhaps committing war crimes by killing civilians in missile and drone strikes that were intended to hit militants in Pakistan and Yemen.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch released separate reports detailing the deaths of dozens of civilians in the two countries. They urged the Obama administration and Congress to investigate, and end a policy of secrecy on the attacks.

Oct 18, 2013

Exclusive: NSA delayed anti-leak software at base where Snowden worked -officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency failed to install the most up-to-date anti-leak software at a site in Hawaii before contractor Edward Snowden went to work there and downloaded tens of thousands of highly classified documents, current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Well before Snowden joined Booz Allen Hamilton last spring and was assigned to the NSA site as a systems administrator, other U.S. government facilities had begun to install software designed to spot attempts by unauthorized people to access or download data.