De Blasio Administration Continues Attacks On Press Over NYPD Spying, Channeling Bloomberg | The Intercept

Responding to a lawsuit alleging unlawful and unconstitutional police surveillance of Muslim communities, lawyers under New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have doubled down on the arguments of his predecessor, advancing the notion that the New York City Police Department did not engage in dictionary-defined surveillance of the plaintiffs in the suit and contending that any harm that may have been caused to them was the fault of reporters, not law enforcement.

In newly filed court documents, the de Blasio administration has offered, for the first time, its position in one of several key lawsuits accusing the NYPD of running a harmful east coast surveillance program aimed at members of the Islamic faith outside of New York City. The argument put forward by the new administration, which rode into office on promises of NYPD reform, is an extension of defenses offered by lawyers for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. [Read more]

We Won’t Tell You What Info We Already Leaked to the Media | wired

Longtime reporters who cover the NSA know that any time we ask the obstinate spy agency for information, we’re probably going to hit a brick wall. But who would have thought that trying to obtain information about information the agency has already given us would lead to the same wall?

That’s what happened when the Federation of American Scientists filed a FOIA request with the Defense Department (of which the NSA is a part) earlier this year seeking information about any authorized leaks of intelligence made to the media during the previous 12 months. [Read more]

NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany | The Intercept

The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. The documents describe a range of clandestine field activities that are among the agency’s “core secrets” when it comes to computer network attacks, details of which are apparently shared with only a small number of officials outside the NSA. [Read more]

Edward Snowden leaks mean GCHQ takes three times as long to track terrorists | The Telegraph

Britain’s spies now take three times as long to crack terrorist communications thanks to the Edward Snowden leaks of GCHQ techniques.

Experts at the intelligence agency need up to six weeks to “deliver the magic” when tasked with tracking and monitoring targets, the Telegraph can disclose.

The scale of the damage caused by the leaks from the former CIA contractor, and published in the Guardian, was revealed as GCHQ Director Sir Iain Lobban gave his first print interview. [Read more]


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