apr 092014
 

Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies The German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services have all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years in close partnership with Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency. The bulk monitoring is carried out through direct taps into fibre optic cables and the development of covert relationships with telecommunications companies. A loose but growing eavesdropping alliance [lees verder]

nov 262013
 

Spain and France’s intelligence agencies carried out collection of phone records and shared them with NSA, agency says European intelligence agencies and not American spies were responsible for the mass collection of phone records which sparked outrage in France and Spain, the US has claimed. General Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency, said reports that the US had collected millions of Spanish and French phone records were “absolutely false”. “To be perfectly clear, this is not information [lees verder]

nov 262013
 

Gen. Keith Alexander, the National Security Agency director, says foreign governments spied on their own people and shared data with the U.S. The NSA had been accused of snooping on 130.5 million phone calls in France and Spain, and keeping computerized records Sen. Dianne Feinstein said newspapers in Europe ‘got it all wrong’ Alexander’s denial will fall heavily on the fugitive leaker Edward Snowden and his journalist cohorts, whom the NSA chief said ‘did not understand what they were looking [lees verder]

mrt 222013
 

The family of a teenager whose murder by a far-right commando rocked Spain in 1980 called Friday for an official inquiry after a newspaper reported that her killer has worked for police as an advisor since his release from jail. Yolanda Gonzalez, a 19-year-old Socialist Party activist who had appeared in photographs at the head of student protest marches, was shot two times in the head at close range in a field near Madrid by a far-right commando who suspected [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

KGB’s former spy chief in Britain says he has no regrets about betraying the Soviet Union as he likens Putin to Mussolini Oleg Gordievsky says he is the only agent to defect from the KGB in the 1980s to survive. ‘I was supposed to die,’ he says. Photograph: Steve Pyke Three decades ago, Oleg Gordievsky was dramatically smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the boot of a diplomatic car. A strident figure of a man, he passed to the [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

As William Hague and Philip Hammond prepare to meet their Russian counterparts in London this week, Jason Lewis reveals how a very suspicious spying slur is threatening to derail the reconciliation. Denis Keefe, right, in the Caucasus, at Black Cliff Lake To the outside world he is the epitome of diplomatic decorum: polite, softly spoken, with razor-sharp intellect. He has friends all over eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, where he has a record of distinguished service on behalf [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

The British ambassador to Georgia has complained about footage of him used in a TV hoax about a Russian invasion. There was panic in Georgia on Saturday after a TV report that Russian tanks had invaded the capital and the country’s president was dead. It included footage of ambassador Denis Keefe, which was edited to make it look like he was talking about the invasion. Mr Keefe has asked the TV station to make it clear he knew nothing about [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

It follows the recommendation by the UK director of public prosecutions that Andrei Lugovoi be tried for the crime. Mr Lugovoi denies the charges, and the Kremlin says Russia’s constitution does not allow it to hand him over. Former KGB officer Mr Litvinenko died in London in 2006 after exposure to the radioactive isotope polonium-210. The British embassy in Moscow has confirmed that the formal extradition request has been handed over, and the Russian prosecutor’s office has confirmed that the [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

Andrei Lugovoy said he had ‘lost all faith in the opportunity of an unbiased investigation in Britain’ A former KGB officer suspected of murdering Alexander Litvinenko has announced he will not take part in the coroner’s inquest due to take place later this year and attacked the British police and courts as “politically motivated”. Andrei Lugovoy, now a politician in Russia, told a hastily assembled press conference that he had lost faith in British justice and said he would take [lees verder]

mrt 152013
 

Andrei Lugovoi, who is now an elected official in Russia, says he won’t talk even by video to British investigators about the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London just over six years ago. During a Tuesday press conference in Moscow, KGB-officer-turned-parliamentarian Andrei Lugovoi holds papers about the 2006 poisoning of former Russian agent turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London that he said he got from Scotland Yard, The murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London just over [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

A coroner is to hold a private hearing to decide if an inquest into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko should hear secret evidence from the intelligence services. Lawyers for the dissident’s widow, Marina, will be excluded from the special session. … 27 February 2013 Find this 27 February 2013 © 2012 Evening Standard Limited

mrt 082013
 

LONDON — A lawyer for the family of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko accused the British and Russian governments Tuesday of trying to stymie a long-delayed inquest into his poisoning death. Litvinenko, a Russian intelligence agent turned Kremlin critic, died in London in November 2006 after drinking tea laced with the rare radioactive isotope polonium-210. The allegations of a cover-up came at a London court hearing where British media organizations challenged a government bid to hold parts of the inquest [lees verder]

mrt 082013
 

The public may be excluded from part of a pre-inquest hearing into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko. A coroner was today considering an application from the government to keep some information secret at the forthcoming inquest. Mr Litvinenko died at a London hospital in November 2006, three weeks after drinking tea which had been poisoned with the radioactive isotope polonium-210. … 26 February 2013 Find this story at 26 February 2013 © 2012 Evening Standard Limited

mrt 082013
 

Media groups including Guardian will challenge government over attempt to conceal sensitive documents Alexander Litvinenko pictured shortly before his death in 2006. Photograph: Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images Media groups will on Tuesday challenge what they describe as a “deeply troubling” attempt by the government to withhold evidence from the inquest into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. The Guardian, the BBC, the Financial Times and other newspapers are challenging a submission by the foreign secretary, William Hague, to conceal sensitive documents. Hague [lees verder]

dec 162012
 

Hearing ahead of full inquest also hears Litvinenko was working for MI6 when he was poisoned with polonium-210 Alexander Litvinenki died in a London hospital in November 2006, three weeks after drinking poisoned tea. Photograph: Natasja Weitsz/Getty Images The government’s evidence relating to the death of Alexander Litvinenko amounts to a “prima facie case” that he was murdered by the Russian government, the coroner investigating his death has been told. The former KGB officer was a paid MI6 agent at [lees verder]

dec 162012
 

Inquiry told Alexander Litvinenko was spying for Britain and Spain – and Russia killed him Secret details of Alexander Litvinenko’s life as a British intelligence agent were revealed yesterday at a preparatory hearing into the poisoned former KGB officer’s death. The inquiry was told that the 43-year-old not only worked for MI6, but was helping the Spanish intelligence services investigating organised crime in Russia. Mr Litvinenko died in hospital three weeks after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 after meeting fellow [lees verder]