National Security Agency

Snowden used other NSA workers’ passwords to access secrets

Snowden used other NSA workers’ passwords to access secrets

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 […]

NSA spying ‘reached too far’ says John Kerry

NSA spying ‘reached too far’ says John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that some National Security Agency surveillance “reached too far” was the first time a high-ranking Obama administration official acknowledged that U.S. snooping abroad might be seen as overzealous. After launching into a vigorous defense of surveillance as an effective counterterror tool, Kerry acknowledged to a video-conference on open government […]

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

Senate committee votes to continue NSA mass spying

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would tighten controls on the government’s sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue. In a classified hearing, the panel voted 11-4 for a measure that puts new limits on what intelligence agencies can do with bulk communications records and imposes a five-year limit on […]

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

Obama orders NSA to stop spying on World Bank, IMF

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 […]

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

Uncle Sam: Internet adept and inept at the same time

When it comes to computers, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same government that reportedly intercepted the communications of America’s leading consumer technology firms, Google and Yahoo, without leaving a trace is scorned because it can’t build a working federal website for health insurance. In a […]

Spying on allies can be a two-way street

Spying on allies can be a two-way street

Nations spying on each other’s leaders is a two-way street and a longtime practice in the intelligence world, according to the U.S. intelligence chief. But a surveillance sweep on phone records overseas that has prompted an anti-American backlash was carried out by European governments, not the U.S., another intelligence official said. National Intelligence Director James […]

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying practices, the White House is considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, a senior administration official said. A final decision has not been made and the move is still under review, the official said. But the fact that it is even being considered underscores the […]

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

NSA spying scandal leads to turnaround by Congressman

He gave more surveillance power to U.S. government spies, railed against civil liberties advocates who warned about privacy abuses, and famously shut down a 2005 hearing to silence critics. Now Rep. James Sensenbrenner wants to scale back some of the counterterror laws he once championed, citing an overreach by the National Security Agency that has […]

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