MPs Emails’ Accessed by GCHQ

MPS EMAILS HACKED THERESA MAY

MPs voting on the Snooper’s Charter next week might be swayed to oppose Theresa May’s anti-privacy laws by the revelation that GCHQ are already accessing their emails. New documents released by Edward Snowden show GCHQ not only intercepts MPs’ communications – it also scans them in bulk using security software installed to supposedly filter spam emails. GCHQ has been able to skirt around strict rules governing the interception of internal UK communications due to parliament’s decision to switch to Microsoft Office for its email service. This means private emails sent by MPs are routed through servers in Ireland and the Netherlands, with each one being scanned and recorded by GCHQ. MPs should remember they’re governed by the laws they create…

H/T Computer Weekly

Guido Gets Guardian Gong

The Guardian’s Ed Snowden coverage in 2014 led to a series of high-profile awards, notably a Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy. So what on earth was this gong doing on sale in a Richmond Oxfam?

Guido dispatched a roving reporter to find out…

Apparently an unidentified benefactor turned up at the Oxfam on Friday afternoon and handed the Pulitzer in. It was quickly snapped up for a fiver by a mysterious telephone bidder just before the store closed, though Guido managed to get his hands on the Guardian‘s Emmy for just £4.99.

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The prizes were most likely wall hangings for senior journalist’s offices. Guido’s new intern has only been here a week and he’s already landed an Emmy…

Sunday Times’ Tom Harper Flaps on CNN

Tom Harper, who co-authored the Sunday Times splashBritish Spies Betrayed to Russians and Chinese”, had a bit of a ‘mare when he tried to defend the story to CNN‘s George Howell yesterday. It turns out the story was spun off the back of a single government source.  Harper’s CNN interviewer gently deconstructed his explanation for the provenance and veracity of the story in the manner of a concerned parent getting a confession from a toddler who has raided the biscuit tin and left a trail of crumbs…

GH:So essentially you’re reporting what the Government is saying but as far as the evidence, to you know, substantiate it, you’re not able to comment or explain that?

TH:No. Obviously when you’re dealing with intelligence, you know, it’s the toughest nut to crack. And, um, unless you actually have leaked intelligence documents, like Snowden had, it’s very difficult to say anything with certainty.

Guido thought we had learnt not to base intelligence news reports on intelligence community sources. They are after all spies – paid to lie – this was always going to go embarrassingly badly…

Congressmen Vote To Neuter NSA

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The US House of Representatives has overwhelming voted to back the USA Freedom Act which would end the bulk surveillance of American phone records and emails. The backing of the bill which seeks to amend notorious sections of the USA Patriot Act, will embolden privacy advocates and comes on the back of US Court of Appeals ruling last week that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful.

Seen as a compromise between real reform and keeping national security hawks happy, the Freedom Act has emerged as having the most realistic change of curbing the NSA.

Convincing the Senate to back the legislation is another thing…

Rand Paul Praises NSA ruling

Rand Paul, who sued the NSA last year is delighted that the US Court of Appeals has ruled that much of the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful.

“The government has to live within rules that are set, and if we have a government or intelligence community that thinks they can do anything, that’s a real problem for freedom”

Do you stand with Rand?

 

Edward Snowden Didn’t Read All Leaked Files

“Those things do happen in reporting. In journalism we have to accept that some mistakes will be made.”

There were more than a million of them…

And the Oscar for winding up Glenn Greenwald goes to…

 

Congratulations to Laura Poitras on a well deserved Best Documentary Feature Academy Award for her film Citizenfour. Though this quip from Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris must have hurt a little.

“The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here tonight for some treason.”

Glenn Greenwald responded to Harris’ joke with characteristic good humour and grace:

“I’m just gonna go ahead and treat it as a joke. I thought it was pretty pitiful, given Hollywood’s fondness for congratulating itself for doing things like standing up for McCarthyism and blacklists. So to just casually spew that sort of accusation against someone who’s not even charged with it, let alone convicted of it, I think is, you know, stupid and irresponsible.”

Chill out mate, it was just a joke…

UPDATE: Ed Snowden has a sense of humour:

“To be honest, I laughed at NPH. I don’t think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that’s not so bad. My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.”

You Can Find Out If GCHQ Was Spying on You

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The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the only judicial body with the power to investigate MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, has today ruled that GCHQ acted illegally when they secretly accessed surveillance from US National Security Agency programs to spy on British citizens. Ironically, now that the PRISM and UPSTREAM programs in question have been revealed by Ed Snowden, GCHQ are free to carry on as they were before because the the relationship between them and the NSA is now public knowledge and thus legal.

Any British citizen who reasonably thinks their communications were intercepted by GCHQ prior to December 2014 are now able to send a complaints form to the  Investigatory Powers Tribunal in order to find out whether that was the case and demand to have the records deleted.

You can find the complaints form here

Come See CITIZENFOUR TonightChristmas Drinks / Movie With TechnoGuido

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We’ve added 40 More Seats for tonight’s showing!

Guido presents a special readers’ screening of CITIZENFOUR, the new film starring Edward Snowden from Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras, next Wednesday, 6.30pm, December 17 at the crumbling old Guardian HQ on 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER. Come and see inside the Lubyanka-like former headquarters of the Guardian, watch the movie and enjoy a drink before Christmas.

This is a free screening for Guido’s readers and Techno-Guido will be supplying the drinks!

In January 2013, Laura Poitras several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Warning: this movie has strong libertarian undertones…

Tickets available below:

Come See CITIZENFOUR Christmas Drinks / Movie With TechnoGuido

techno-guido-citizen4

Guido presents a special readers’ screening of CITIZENFOUR, the new film starring Edward Snowden from Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras, next Wednesday, 6.30pm, December 17 at the crumbling old Guardian HQ on 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER. Come and see inside the Lubyanka-like former headquarters of the Guardian, watch the movie and enjoy a drink before Christmas.

This is a free screening for Guido’s readers and Techno-Guido will be supplying the drinks!

In January 2013, Laura Poitras several years into the making of a film about abuses of national security in post-9/11 America when she started receiving encrypted emails from someone identifying himself as “citizen four”, who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

In June 2013, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely unique in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes.

Warning: this movie has strong libertarian undertones…

Tickets available below:

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