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August 13, 2013
Spain demands answers over U.S. spying claims
Spain was next to get dragged into the U.S. government surveillance controversy, after reports claimed the country also fell victim to the massive spying operation. New reports said Spain was grouped with Germany, France, Italy, and Japan in the "middle" category of where the U.S. considers its surveillance efforts should be focused.
The revelations sparked anger with the Spanish government, which subsequently sought "clarification and information" from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.
Read more: Spain demands answers over U.S. spying claims (ZDNet)
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Source: Der Spiegel
August 15, 2013
NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, audit finds
Additional leaked documents showed the NSA was culpable of committing serious legal violations of the Fourth Amendment. An internal audit showed serious breaches that were in some cases as a result of typos that would lead to massive unintended data collection.
The May 2012 dated audit showed there were more than 2,700 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. In one of those cases it involved the unauthorized use of data on 3,000 American citizens and green-card holders.
Read more: NSA violated privacy rules thousands of times, audit finds (CNET)
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Source: The Washington Post
August 19, 2013
Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained
More controversy stirred for the U.S. and U.K. government after the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist behind The Guardian's "NSA Files" coverage, was detained at London's Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours.
David Miranda was held under the maximum allotted time under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act Schedule 7, which authorizes British security services to stop and detain those suspected of involved in terrorism. According to later reports, the White House was given a "heads up" on Miranda's detention. He was suspected of carrying important and classified documents for later publication.
U.K. lawmakers and politicians later demanded an explanation for the detention of Greenwald's partner.
- Read more: Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained (CBS News)
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