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Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ

Exclusive: NSA pays £100m in secret funding for GCHQ
The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ over the last three years to secure access to and influence over Britain's intelligence gathering programmes. The top secret payments are set out in documents which make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment, and that GCHQ has to work hard to meet their demands. "GCHQ must pull its weight and be seen to pull its weight," a GCHQ strategy briefing said. The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. In one revealing document from 2010, GCHQ acknowledged that the US had "raised a number of issues with regards to meeting NSA's minimum expectations". Ministers have denied that GCHQ does the NSA's "dirty work", but in the documents GCHQ describes Britain's surveillance laws and regulatory regime as a "selling point" for the Americans. As well as the payments, the documents seen by the Guardian reveal: Related:  The NSA Files: PRISM & Boundless Informationsurveillancensa

What the N.S.A. Wants in Brazil One of the more curious revelations from Edward Snowden’s trove of secret N.S.A. documents was a recent report that United States spy agencies have been vacuuming up communications in Brazil. Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, broke this story in O Globo, one of that country’s major newspapers, on July 6th. Greenwald, in an follow-up piece in the Guardian, pointed to a rough Google translation of his original July 6th report: In the last decade, people residing or in transit in Brazil, as well as companies operating in the country, have become targets of espionage National Security Agency of the United States (National Security Agency - NSA, its acronym in English). There are no precise figures, but last January Brazil was just behind the United States, which had 2.3 billion phone calls and messages spied. In a way, the N.S.A.’s focus on Brazil seems puzzling. Alexander’s answer was somewhat elliptical (emphasis mine): Alexander’s answer doesn’t seem terribly revealing. Vanee’ M.

German Intelligence Agencies Used NSA Spying Program Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND, and its domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), used a spying program of the American National Security Agency (NSA). This is evident in secret documents from the US intelligence service that have been seen by SPIEGEL journalists. The documents show that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution was equipped with a program called XKeyScore intended to "expand their ability to support NSA as we jointly prosecute CT (counterterrorism) targets." According to an internal NSA presentation from 2008, the program is a productive espionage tool. This is relevant from a German perspective, because the documents show that of the up to 500 million data connections from Germany accessed monthly by the NSA, a major part is collected with XKeyScore (for instance, around 180 million in December 2012). 'Eagerness and Desire' Keep track of the news Stay informed with our free news services:

The police’s defence in the Miranda judicial review Here’s the Metropolitan Police’s grounds – drafted by Jason Beer QC of 5 Essex Court and Ben Brandon and Ben Watson, both of 3 Raymond Buildings – for resisting David Miranda’s judicial review claim in the Administrative Court this week. Miranda is challenging the police’s use of powers under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. My view on the police legal arguments is below, after the viewer. Click on the bottom left of the viewer to see the document in fullscreen view, with my more detailed comments highlighted in yellow. <a href=" Police&#8217;s Grounds for Resisting the Claim (PDF)</a><br /><a href=" Police&#8217;s Grounds for Resisting the Claim (Text)</a> It’s the police arguments on the “improper purpose” aspect of the case that are most interesting.

Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill | World news Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK's parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he described as increased powers of intrusion. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian in Moscow, Snowden said it was very unusual for a public body to pass an emergency law such as this in circumstances other than a time of total war. Suddenly it is a priority, he said, after the government had ignored it for an entire year. He found the urgency with which the British government was moving extraordinary and said it mirrored a similar move in the US in 2007 when the Bush administration was forced to introduce legislation, the Protect America Act, citing the same concerns about terrorist threats and the NSA losing cooperation from telecom and internet companies. "I mean the NSA could have written this draft," he said.

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages | World news Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month. The documents show that: • Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; • The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; • Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a "team sport".

Global Dialogue on Governmental Extra-Territorial Surveillance This is the 6th article of our Spies Without Borders series. The series looks into how the information disclosed in the NSA leaks affects Internet users around the world whose private information is stored in U.S. servers, or whose data travels across U.S. networks. As news of the alarmingly broad reach and scope of the U.S. surveillance program reverberates around the globe, we call for a global dialogue on the increased capacity of States around the world to conduct sweeping extra-territorial surveillance from domestic soil. While international public outrage has justifiably decried the scope and reach of U.S. broad surveillance on foreigners, the fact that the U.S. government has carte blanche surveillance powers over foreigners is not new. In truth, U.S., foreign intelligence has always had nearly limitless legal capacity to surveil foreigners because domestic laws and protections simply don't cover that activity. Note: This is a guest blogpost.

Undercover police had children with activists | UK news Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring, the Guardian can reveal. In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers – whom they have not seen in decades – were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children's mothers for many years. One of the spies was Bob Lambert, who has already admitted that he tricked a second woman into having a long-term relationship with him, as part of an intricate attempt to bolster his credibility as a committed campaigner. The second police spy followed the progress of his child and the child's mother by reading confidential police reports which tracked the mother's political activities and life. Until now it was not known that police had secretly fathered children while living undercover.

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google -The Intercept The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants. ICREACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Earlier revelations sourced to the Snowden documents have exposed a multitude of NSA programs for collecting large volumes of communications. One-Stop Shopping

The NSA's mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians | Glenn Greenwald I've written an article on NSA surveillance for the front page of the Sunday edition of O Globo, the large Brazilian newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro. The article is headlined (translated) "US spied on millions of emails and calls of Brazilians", and I co-wrote it with Globo reporters Roberto Kaz and Jose Casado. The rough translation of the article into English is here. The main page of Globo's website lists related NSA stories: here. As the headline suggests, the crux of the main article details how the NSA has, for years, systematically tapped into the Brazilian telecommunication network and indiscriminately intercepted, collected and stored the email and telephone records of millions of Brazilians. As those two articles detail, all of this bulk, indiscriminate surveillance aimed at populations of friendly foreign nations is part of the NSA's "FAIRVIEW" program. But contrary to what some want to suggest, the privacy rights of Americans aren't the only ones that matter.

Universal, Self-Evident: I'm Not American but I Have Privacy Rights too, NSA In a letter sent today to the United States Congress, an international coalition of non-profit organizations called upon the U.S. government to protect the privacy and freedoms of not only its citizens, but of people everywhere. As news of the alarmingly broad reach and scope of America’s surveillance program reverberates around the globe, now is the time for the United States to pass formal privacy safeguards to protect the billions of foreign Internet users whose communications are stored in U.S. servers or whose data travels across U.S. networks. EFF joined more than 50 NGOs—including European Digital Rights, Association For Progressive Communications, Access Now, WebWeWant Foundation, Center for Technology and Society (Brazil) and Thai Netizen Network—in signing the letter, which was organized through Best Bits , a global network of civil society organizations. As we have previously noted , historically the U.S. government has long maintained that foreigners who use U.S.

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM - UK Politics - UK * Claiming they have used their access to Downing Street to get David Cameron to speak to the Chinese premier on behalf of one of their business clients within 24 hours of asking him to do so; * Boasting about Bell Pottinger's access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, to Mr Cameron's chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and to Mr Cameron's old friend and closest No 10 adviser Steve Hilton; * Suggesting that the company could manipulate Google results to "drown" out negative coverage of human rights violations and child labour; * Revealing that Bell Pottinger has a team which "sorts" negative Wikipedia coverage of clients; * Saying it was possible to use MPs known to be critical of investigative programmes to attack their reporting for minor errors. In Uzbekistan, child labour is used in cotton fields to fulfil state quotas and the country also has a terrible human rights record: the think tank Freedom House put it on its 2011 list of the "Worst of the Worst" repressive regimes.

subrealism: xkeyscore renders the security state more powerful than the 1% (deep state) targetfreedom | Apparently the criminals in the United States government now have a vested interest in keeping Edward Snowden alive and safe. A classified briefing was given to members of Congress on Wednesday Feb. 6, 2014. Leading members of the House Armed Services Committee emerged from the classified briefing “shocked” at the amount of information Edward Snowden reportedly took with him when he left the country. Congressional members were informed that Snowden possesses: A complete roster of absolutely every employee, and official, in the entire US Government. This database even extends to government contractors, bankers, Corporate Boards Of Directors and the entire private support apparatus for the Federal government. The bulk of this information seems to have come from Glenn Greenwald, of The Guardian. wikipedia | On January 26, 2014, the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk asked Edward Snowden in its TV interview: "What could you do if you would use XKeyscore?"