Category Archive: Disclosure of secrets

Former NSA contractor warns of “murky” interception arrangements

By Simon Davies __________________________ Update: Sunday June 30, 2013. 17.03 GMT Following a rather turbulent sequence of events in the reporting of this blog by the Observer and Guardian newspapers, coverage can now be found in the Guardian story here. _______________________ A former contractor to the US National Security Agency (NSA) has told the Privacy …

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Analysis: Eight global repercussions from the PRISM disclosures

By Simon Davies America’s combative response to the PRISM disclosures – namely the targeting and personalisation of a lone rogue – is likely to trigger wide-ranging and unexpected consequences for the NSA that will go well beyond the immediate diplomatic ripples. The creation of Dramatis personæ in the form of Edward Snowden has shifted PRISM …

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Former NSA Director attacks agency accountability and espionage by China

By Simon Davies Earlier this month in the wake of revelations about the activities of the NSA I published a short, partial transcript of my interview earlier this year with former NSA and CIA Director, General Michael Hayden. This was a teaser to the launch of the new “Privacy Channel” series of audio interviews that …

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Why Europe should never trust US promises on security reform

 By Simon Davies There’s something of the Neville Chamberlain in EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding’s assurances that concessions are being won from the US over PRISM. Truth be told the result of the current stand-off will never be “peace for our time”. On the basis of recent history the US simply cannot be trusted to …

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How a forgotten wheelie-bin campaign may offer surprise insights into campaigning against PRISM

By Simon Davies It would be hard to overstate the extent of public outrage at the moment about the NSA PRISM scandal. I can’t recall an issue for many years that has triggered such widespread anger. The response is also noteworthy because it cuts across national boundaries and demographics. From the local pub in Hertfordshire …

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Privacy group commences legal action against UK government over export secrecy

The rights group Privacy International (PI) has filed an application for judicial review of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over the UK government’s refusal to release information about the potentially unlawful export of Gamma International’s FinFisher surveillance technology to repressive regimes. This is the latest in a series of actions taken by PI to bring …

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Why Britain is playing with fire in the Assange case

By Simon Davies The UK government’s threat to revoke diplomatic immunity of the Ecuadorian embassy and storm the building to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will have sent shudders down the spine of anyone who has ever worked in the world’s trouble spots. This extraordinary situation does have a privacy element, certainly in terms of …

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