Espionage

Politics podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws

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The government’s new foreign interference laws propose broad changes to political donations, counter-surveillance, and lobbying in Australia. Michelle Grattan John Blaxland ANU professor John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the legislation for academic debate. The Conversation He says there’s a real chance that good people engaging intellectually with issues might get caught up in the broader crackdown. On the controversy surrounding Sam Dastyari’s dealings with a Chinese businessman, Blaxland says its been a “sobering” lesson ... Read More »

Coincidence or coordination?

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Russians approached at least nine people in Trump’s orbit during the campaign and presidential transition Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger The Washington Post Through family, business and campaign operatives, Russian nationals repeatedly sought contact with Donald Trump’s world, starting only a few months after his presidential bid was announced in 2015. They forwarded proposals to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, brought a Trump adviser to Russia to speak and repeatedly sought meetings with Trump and his aides. Special ... Read More »

Former UK spy chief says encryption ‘very positive’

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A former British spy chief said on Aug. 11 that encryption of online communications was “very positive” for the country’s national security interests despite the difficulties that it poses for security services attempting to tackle… Reuters Hurriyet British Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed tougher measures to tackle militants online activities after four attacks in Britain this year while Home Secretary (interior minister) Amber Rudd visited Silicon Valley earlier this month to demand tech companies step up their… Jonathan Evans, ... Read More »

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

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East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China. ABC Australia and East Timor have been locked in a messy dispute that has included allegations of Australia spying on its poorer neighbour during negotiations for an oil field in the Timor Sea, worth an estimated $40… Jose Ramos-Horta… Read More »

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying: Die Welt

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German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a… Berlin, Reuters Hurriyet Die Welt said it received the information in an official government response to a question about the issue filed by Sevim Dağdelen, a German lawmaker with the… Tensions are running high between the two NATO allies ahead of the April 16… Germany investigating 20… Read More »

Britain attempts to brand journalists as spies

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The UK government is considering new laws that target journalists who obtain or share state secrets. Jim Killock Al Jazeera News British journalists could be treated as spies, and given up to 14 years in prison for handling state secrets, if proposals by the UK’s Law Commission become law. In 2015, the Commission… Britain attempts to… Read More »

Russia ships ‘chase away’ Dutch submarine in Mediterranean

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Russia’s defence ministry has said two of its navy destroyers have forced away a Dutch submarine to stop it spying on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. The sub was 20km (12 miles) away from the Admiral Kuznetsov at the time of the incident, the military said. Russia sent a… Russia ships ‘chase… Read More »

‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

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Exclusive: In first newspaper interview given by a serving spy chief, Andrew Parker talks of terror, espionage and balance between secrecy and privacy Ewen MacAskill and Paul Johnson Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian. In the first newspaper interview given by an… ‘Increasingly aggressive’ Russia a… Read More »

There’s still time to stop the surveillance society

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Revelations that security agencies unlawfully collected information for 17 years are worrying. But worse is a bill that threatens to normalise surveillance Gus Hosein This government’s “neither confirm nor deny” mantra over the extent of its surveillance powers has been replaced with a… There’s still time to… Read More »

Chinese media laud hacker for US spying

Spying on the US is a service to China, state-run media said on March 24, singing the praises of a man who confessed to hacking American defence contractors on Beijing’s behalf. Chinese national Su Bin, 50, pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from the companies, including plans for transport planes and fighter jets… Source: Chinese media laud hacker for US spying – ASIA Read More »