Tag Archive: Government Communications Headquarters


British Snoops to The Guardian: Nice Little Newspaper You Got. It’d Be a Shame if Something Happened to It

 

” This morning, with regard to the detention of David Miranda, NSA-busting journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, by British authorities at London’s Heathrow airport, and the theft of his property by the same goons, I suggested that the whole infuriating incident was a crude effort to deter journalists from further scrutinizing the surveillance state. The unusual questioning of Miranda about Greenwald’s journalistic endeavors for the full nine hours allowed under a British law targeted at potential terrorists was a strong indicator that intimidation was the ultimate goal, but not proof positive. Now, though, we have more evidence that British authorities are leaning heavily on The Guardian as well as Greenwald in an effort to shut off the flow of revelations that are almost as embarrassing to the U.K.’s GCHQ as to America’s NSA. In fact, British spooks have actually been over to that newspaper’s office to smash things. I kid you not.

What’s remarkable about this is that the NSA story is being heavily reported by a British newspaper subject to much tighter legal restrictions than those endured by American journalists. When the U.S. government snoops on reporters, it does so secretly and has to pretend at remorse when caught. British authorities smash your computers and threaten a regime of press regulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Spy Agency Reported To Tap Fibre-Optic Cables

 

 

 

 

” New details of cable tapping has been reported by British daily, The Guardian. The report reveals that Britain’s spy agency the GCHQ has tapped fibre-optic cables that carry international phone and internet traffic. It is also sharing large amounts of personal information with the United States National Security Agency. The project has the codename “Tempora”. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

GCHQ Intercepted Foreign Politicians’ Communications At G20 Summits

 

 

 

” Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

The revelation comes as Britain prepares to host another summit on Monday – for the G8 nations, all of whom attended the 2009 meetings which were the object of the systematic spying. It is likely to lead to some tension among visiting delegates who will want the prime minister to explain whether they were targets in 2009 and whether the exercise is to be repeated this week.

There have often been rumours of this kind of espionage at international conferences, but it is highly unusual for hard evidence to confirm it and spell out the detail. The evidence is contained in documents – classified as top secret – which were uncovered by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and seen by the Guardian. They reveal that during G20 meetings in April and September 2009 GCHQ used what one document calls “ground-breaking intelligence capabilities” to intercept the communications of visiting delegations.

This included:

• Setting up internet cafes where they used an email interception programme and key-logging software to spy on delegates’ use of computers;

• Penetrating the security on delegates’ BlackBerrys to monitor their email messages and phone calls;

• Supplying 45 analysts with a live round-the-clock summary of who was phoning who at the summit;” 

 

 

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