Danish Intelligence Chief Faces Trial for Alleged State Secrets Disclosure

Denmark’s top spy chief, Lars Findsen, and prominent political figure, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, find themselves embroiled in a perplexing legal and political drama, facing trials for allegedly disclosing state secrets related to Denmark’s intelligence partnership with the US, secrets that have been public knowledge since 2014 due to Edward Snowden’s leaks. The prosecutions, under a […]

Top RCMP Agent Ortis’ Espionage Trial Questions Canada’s Spy Prosecution Skills

Cameron Ortis, former RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) intelligence director, will face trial in Ottawa for allegedly leaking classified information, marking Canada’s first trial under the current Security of Information Act. His 2019 arrest spotlighted concerns about RCMP’s vetting processes. Facing six charges, including four for unauthorized information sharing, the trial’s significance lies in Canada’s […]

Senator Menendez Accused of Compromising National Security, Allegedly Aided by Egypt

Senator Bob Menendez faces an indictment that unveils a tale of espionage and counterintelligence, hinting at a potential national security threat and suggesting that Egypt, a key U.S. defense partner, might have recruited him. Menendez, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is accused of compromising U.S. national security through various acts, including disclosing sensitive […]

German Federal Police Silent on Pegasus Spyware Use Amidst Journalist Surveillance Concerns

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) remains silent on its use of Pegasus spyware, citing potential risks to its criminal prosecution capabilities. This stance follows revelations of the spyware infecting Meduza publisher Galina Timchenko’s phone. The BKA had previously admitted to purchasing the controversial tool, which has been criticized for targeting journalists and activists. Germany’s […]

US and UK Finalize Data Transfer Agreement, Addressing Privacy Concerns

The US and UK have finalized a pivotal data transfer agreement, ensuring the seamless flow of online data and addressing the adequacy of US surveillance laws in protecting citizens’ data. Despite the progress, challenges persist, including a court challenge to the EU-US agreement and ongoing concerns regarding US surveillance authority under Section 702, which will […]

New Snowden Document Snippets Revealed in Jacob Appelbaum’s PhD Thesis

Jacob Appelbaum, (b. 1983) an American independent journalist, computer security researcher, artist, and hacker, unveiled new details from the Snowden documents in his PhD thesis at Eindhoven University of Technology, focusing on counter-strategies against surveillance. The thesis criticizes surveillance practices, emphasizes cryptography for resistance, and reveals undisclosed information about NSA projects like BULLRUN and PRISM. […]

State Department IT Contractor Charged for Allegedly Leaking Top-Secret Info

The Justice Department has charged IT contractor, Abraham Teklu Lemma, with espionage for allegedly transmitting classified State Department information to a foreign country. Lemma accessed numerous Intelligence Reports unauthorized, transmitting them via a secure app and received over $100,000 for the information.  The Justice Department has charged [21 SEP 2023] IT contractor Abraham Teklu Lemma […]

39 Groups Demand Bangladesh Release Rights Defenders Khan, Elan”

39 international organizations are calling on the Bangladesh government to release human rights defenders Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, associated with the Odhikar group, who are facing imprisonment and fines over accusations of falsifying a 2013 report on extrajudicial killings. The groups criticize the government’s sustained harassment of the duo and other human […]

CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to End Purchase of Commercial Smartphone Location Data

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will cease using commercially sourced smartphone location data, a practice criticized for potentially bypassing the Fourth Amendment. The data, obtained through vendors like Venntel allowed tracking of individual and group movements.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has informed Senator Ron Wyden of its decision to stop […]

U.S. Government Contractor Arrested for Allegedly Spying for Ethiopia

Abraham T. Lemma, a 50-year-old U.S. government contractor, has been arrested for allegedly spying for Ethiopia, a case that stands out amidst recent espionage cases predominantly linked to China.  The incident casts a spotlight on the intricate U.S.-Ethiopia relations, emphasizing the delicate balance in a partnership amidst Ethiopia’s internal challenges and the broader geopolitical influences […]