The revised assessment comes after surprisingly swift and relatively bloodless victories this summer near Syria’s border with Turkey and in the Sunni heartland of Iraq, two areas where Islamic State had appeared entrenched.
By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Germany demanded the departure from the country of the top spy at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin on Thursday, dramatizing its deepening unhappiness with reports of U.S. intelligence operations targeting its officials. Following accusations of two cases of U.S. spying, government spokesman Steffen Seibert announced that “the […]
Washington (AFP) – The U.S. National Security Agency is scooping up large quantities of images of people for use in facial recognition programs, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing top secret documents. The Times said documents, which were obtained from fugitive former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, show a significant increase in reliance on […]
Washington (AFP) – In a major congressional step towards curtailing widespread surveillance of millions of Americans, a House panel voted Wednesday to end the dragnet collection of telephone metadata. The rare unanimous vote by the House Judiciary Committee provides strong bipartisan support for a measure that is backed by civil rights groups and could serve […]
In their highest-profile interaction to date, fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden phoned Russian president Vladimir Putin on live TV on Thursday. Snowden, who was granted asylum by the Russian government after he leaked information about the widespread monitoring of phone data by the U.S. government, quizzed Putin about Russia’s data-gathering tactics. Putin, himself a […]
Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama put forward his plan Thursday to end U.S. government bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, aiming to defuse a controversy over mass surveillance. “I have decided that the best path forward is that the government should not collect or hold this data in bulk,” Obama said, as he unveiled […]
Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama will Friday announce plans to stop the National Security Agency hoarding hundreds of millions of telephone call records, among reforms to U.S. surveillance programs exposed by Edward Snowden. A senior U.S. official, speaking ahead of Obama’s speech on NSA programs, said that Obama believed trawling for telephone “metadata” was […]