Intelligence

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

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In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country house in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of the world’s largest information empire locked horns. ... Read More »

An Intimate Portrait of Edward Snowden

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Citizenfour, Laura Poitras’s documentary about Edward Snowden, premiered to a sold-out audience at the New York Film Festival on October 10. The film was not originally part of the festival lineup, its inclusion only announced less than a month prior. The premiere understandably generated an overwhelming amount of anticipation, promising a personal look at the enigmatic figure who leaked a ... Read More »

US confirms sharing intel with Syrian Kurds against ISIL

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Washington has confirmed that it has been sharing intelligence and information with the Syrian Kurdish fighters against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. “We do get intelligence from, get information from a wide range of people – obviously, look for it anywhere we can get it. So yes, there is some intelligence and information sharing going ... Read More »

Lockheed Martin’s new fusion reactor can change humanity forever

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This is an invention that could change civilization as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It’s the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, spaceships, and cities. Skunk Works claims it will be operative in 10 years. Aviation Week had exclusive access to their secret laboratories and ... Read More »

American website Intercept reveals secret activities of Australian spy agency

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An American website has revealed some of the most secret activities of Australia’s electronic spy agency as well as counter-espionage information that Australia’s closest allies withheld from Canberra. The Intercept website has published more documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden that expose top secret operations by the US National Security Agency, as well as its Australian counterpart, the Australian ... Read More »

Spies can access my metadata, so why can’t I? My 15-month legal battle with Telstra

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The RSPCA, councils and other law-enforcement agencies can obtain reporter Ben Grubb’s internet and phone metadata but Telstra won’t release it to him. Here he details his 15-month fight for access. COMMENT I’m in a non-descript building in Sydney’s central business district. In a hearing room inside are 13 people. Five work for Telstra, six work for the privacy commissioner, ... Read More »

Courage and Hope

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What the Nobel Peace Prize means to me. Today, I was honoured to learn I have been selected to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I am proud I am the first young person and first Pakistani to win this prize. It is an honour I share with Kailash Satyarthi — a hero in the fight for children globally. More than ever, our ... Read More »

Google’s Eric Schmidt on NSA spying: ‘We’re going to break the Internet.’

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Silicon Valley executives worry the fallout of surveillance revelations could be severe. Google chairman Eric Schmidt lobbed harsh criticism at NSA surveillance on American citizens. “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it,” Schmidt said during a hearing in Palo Alto, Calif. hosted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The hearing on Wednesday came weeks before ... Read More »

China’s cyber-war costing US companies billions, FBI chief tells 60 Minutes

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CHINA is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the United States which costs American business billions of dollars every year, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said Sunday. The FBI chief told CBS television’s 60 Minutes program China topped the list of countries seeking to pilfer secrets from US firms, suggesting that almost every major company in America had been targeted. “There ... Read More »