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July 29 2017

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WikiLeaks - Target Tokyo

Press Release

Today, Friday 31 July 2015, 9am CEST, WikiLeaks publishes ‘Target Tokyo’, 35 Top Secret NSA targets in Japan including the Japanese cabinet and Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi, together with intercepts relating to US-Japan relations, trade negotiations and sensitive climate change strategy.

The list indicates that NSA spying on Japanese conglomerates, government officials, ministries and senior advisers extends back at least as far as the first administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which lasted from September 2006 until September 2007. The telephone interception target list includes the switchboard for the Japanese Cabinet Office; the executive secretary to the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga; a line described as ‘Government VIP Line’; numerous officials within the Japanese Central Bank, including Governor Haruhiko Kuroda; the home phone number of at least one Central Bank official; numerous numbers within the Japanese Finance Ministry; the Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa; the Natural Gas Division of Mitsubishi; and the Petroleum Division of Mitsui.

Today's publication also contains NSA reports from intercepts of senior Japanese government officials. Four of the reports are classified TOP SECRET. One of the reports is marked ‘REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL’, meaning it has been formally authorised to be released to the United States' "Five Eyes" intelligence partners: Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand.

The reports demonstrate the depth of US surveillance of the Japanese government, indicating that intelligence was gathered and processed from numerous Japanese government ministries and offices. The documents demonstrate intimate knowledge of internal Japanese deliberations on such issues as: agricultural imports and trade disputes; negotiating positions in the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization; Japanese technical development plans, climate change policy, nuclear and energy policy and carbon emissions schemes; correspondence with international bodies such as the International Energy Agency (IEA); strategy planning and draft talking points memoranda concerning the management of diplomatic relations with the United States and the European Union; and the content of a confidential Prime Ministerial briefing that took place at Shinzo Abe's official residence.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief, said: ‘In these documents we see the Japanese government worrying in private about how much or how little to tell the United States, in order to prevent undermining of its climate change proposal or its diplomatic relationship. And yet we now know that the United States heard everything and read everything, and was passing around the deliberations of Japanese leadership to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The lesson for Japan is this: do not expect a global surveillance superpower to act with honour or respect. There is only one rule: there are no rules.’

WikiLeaks Investigations Editor Sarah Harrison said: ‘Today's publication shows us that the US government targeted sensitive Japanese industry and climate change policy. Would the effectiveness of Japan's industry and climate change proposals be different today if its communications had been protected?’

Japan has been a close historical ally of the United States since the end of World War II. During a recent Presidential visit to Japan, US President Barack Obama described the East Asian country as ‘one of America’s closest allies in the world’. Today's publication adds to previous WikiLeaks publications showing systematic mass spying conducted by US intelligence against the US-allied governments of Brazil ‘Bugging Brazil’, France ‘Espionnage Élysée’ and Germany ‘The Euro Intercepts’; ‘All the Chancellor's Men’.

Read the full list of NSA high priority targets for Japan published today here.”

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June 25 2017

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Japan Made Secret Deals With the NSA That Expanded Global Surveillance

“As recently as 2013, the NSA claimed to maintain ‘robust’ working relations with its Japanese counterparts. The agency has two surveillance partners in Japan: the Directorate for SIGINT, and the Japanese National Police Agency. Japan has collaborated closely with the NSA on monitoring the communications of neighboring countries, and it also appears to rely heavily on U.S.-provided intelligence about North Korean missile launches. As of February 2013, the NSA was increasingly collaborating with its Japanese counterparts on cybersecurity issues. And in September 2012, Japan began sharing information with the NSA that could be used to identify particular kinds of malicious software being used by hackers. This was the first time the country had shared this kind of data and the NSA viewed it as highly valuable, potentially leading to the prevention or detection of hacking attacks on ‘critical U.S. corporate information systems.’

In return, the NSA has provided Japanese spies with training, and it has also furnished them with some of its most powerful spying tools. An April 2013 document revealed that the NSA had provided the Japanese Directorate for SIGINT with an installation of XKEYSCORE, a mass surveillance system the NSA describes as its ‘widest reaching’ for sweeping up data from computer networks, monitoring ‘nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.’

Igeta Daisuke, a Japanese lawyer who specializes in civil liberties cases, said that the XKEYSCORE revelation was ‘very important’ for the country. The Japanese government’s use of the system could violate Japan’s Constitution, which protects privacy rights, Daisuke told The Intercept. He added that Japan has a limited legal framework covering surveillance issues, largely because the scope of the government’s spying has never before been disclosed, debated, or ruled upon by judges. ‘Japanese citizens know almost nothing about Japanese government surveillance,’ said Daisuke. ‘It is extremely secret.’

The Japanese government’s defense ministry, which oversees the country’s surveillance capabilitites, declined to comment.”

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New Snowden leaks reveal secret deals between Japan and NSA — RT News

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Japan pays NSA's bills

Yokota Air Base, located about a 90-minute drive from Tokyo, near the city of Fussa, is also crucial to the NSA's activities in Japan.

It is home to the agency's Engineering Support Facility, which supplies equipment used for surveillance operations across the globe.

On site is a 32,000 square foot building which hosts the repair and manufacture of surveillance antennas reportedly to be used in places including Afghanistan, Korea, Thailand, the Balkans, Iraq, Central and South America, and Cyprus.

The enormous site – about half the size of a football field – cost a whopping $6.6 million to build, but the NSA didn't have to foot much of the bill, according to a July 2004 NSA report cited by The Intercept.

Instead, the Japanese government almost entirely paid for the facility. The report also stated that Japan would cover staff costs, including seven designers, machinists, and other specialists who collectively received salaries totaling $375,000.

Additional documents note that Japan completely paid for the NSA's state-of-the-art facility on the island of Okinawa, which cost some $500 million.

But while Tokyo apparently dishes out huge sums of money to the NSA, a former Japanese data protection official, Hiroshi Miyashita, told The Intercept that little details are released about such agreements as they are withheld from public disclosure under a state secrecy law.

He went on to state that it's his understanding that the NSA operates in the country outside of Japan's legal jurisdiction, due to an agreement that grants US military facilities in Japan extraterritoriality.

The NSA has, at least, returned Japan's financial generosity with spying tools and training for its spies.

An April 2013 document shows that the NSA has provided the Japanese Directorate for SIGINT with an installation of XKEYSCORE, a mass surveillance system which the NSA describes as its ‘widest reaching’ for collecting data from computer networks.

However, The Intercept spoke to a Japanese lawyer who said that Tokyo's use of XKEYSCORE could violate Japan's constitution, which protects privacy rights. He added that Japan has a limited legal framework covering surveillance issues.”

March 03 2017

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Spyware in Windows: Windows Update snoops on the user. Windows 8.1 snoops on local searches. And there's a secret NSA key in Windows, whose functions we don't know.
Microsoft's Software Is Malware - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation

[posted: Sep. 7 2015. source]

February 14 2017

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“実は1950年,つまりロズウェルに UFO が墜落し,宇宙人の死体が4体回収されてからわずか3年後には,すでに地下基地建設の計画が政府部内でひそかに進められていたのです。その年に政府が発行した「核兵器の事実」という文書には,はっきりと,地下に巨大な軍の秘密施設を建設する必要がある,そしてその出入口は,地上の人目につかない場所に設置し,誰にもわからないよう完全にカモフラージュされるべきであると書かれていたのです。

ドゥルシーに建設された宇宙人との共同地下施設を中心として,アメリカ全土に膨大な数の地下施設が作られ,それらは長大なトンネルで結ばれました。それぞれの施設は,超高速リニアカーで連結され,最深部は地下4マイルにも達しているのです。

1952年,政府は宇宙人に対してどのように対処するかを真剣に考えなくてはならない必要に迫られました。そこで,宇宙人の脅威に対する安全保障と,宇宙人とのコミュニケーションを図る目的で,国家安全保障局,つまり NSA が設置されたのです。そして,シグマ計画やプレイトー計画,レッドライト計画といった暗号名のプロジェクトが次々に発足したのです”

— 元秘密情報部員「X」 (日本テレビ,木曜スペシャル1990年「矢追純一 UFO 取材特報 第3弾」より)

June 24 2015

WikiLeaks - Espionnage Élysée

WikiLeaks - Espionnage Élysée
https://wikileaks.org/nsa-france

Today, 23 June 2015, WikiLeaks began publishing “Espionnage Élysée”, a collection of TOP SECRET intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years.

The top secret documents derive from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications of French Presidents Francois Hollande (2012–present), Nicolas Sarkozy (2007–2012), and Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), as well as French cabinet ministers and the French Ambassador to the United States. The documents also contain the “selectors” from the target list, detailing the cell phone numbers of numerous officials in the Elysee up to and including the direct cell phone of the President.

Prominent within the top secret cache of documents are intelligence summaries of conversations between French government officials concerning some of the most pressing issues facing France and the international community, including the global financial crisis, the Greek debt crisis, the leadership and future of the European Union, the relationship between the Hollande administration and the German government of Angela Merkel, French efforts to determine the make-up of the executive staff of the United Nations, French involvement in the conflict in Palestine and a dispute between the French and US governments over US spying on France.

A founding member state of the European Union and one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, France is formally a close ally of the United States, and plays a key role in a number of US-associated international institutions, including the Group of 7 (G7), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The revelation of the extent of US spying against French leaders and diplomats echoes a previous disclosure in the German press concerning US spying on the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German officials. That disclosure provoked a political scandal in Germany, eventuating in an official inquiry into German intelligence co-operation with the United States, which is still ongoing.

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June 02 2015

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May 30 2015

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“Obama warned that inaction to extend key Patriot Act provisions, which can extend the [NSA spying] program for two months, could hinder counterterrorism efforts by the NSA.

He said that there are only a ‘handful of senators’ who are blocking the extension of those provisions.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows the NSA to collect any telephone and business records relevant to a counterterrorism investigation.

The section, which expires at midnight on May 31, was rejected by the Senate on May 23. The vote was 45-54, which fell short of the 60-vote threshold.

‘I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time those authorities go away, and suddenly we're dark,’ Obama said.

‘Heaven forbid we've got a problem where we could have prevented a terrorist attack or apprehended someone who is engaged in dangerous activity, but we didn't do so simply because of inaction in the Senate,’ the US president added.”

Obama urges Congress to renew NSA spying program (PressTV, May 30 2015)

May 17 2015

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Computers in the Bundestag, Germany's lower house of parliament, were targeted by a hacker attack, parliament spokesman Ernst Habeker said on Friday. Parts of the network were taken down to prevent sensitive lost data. The attack is being analyzed. There have been media reports of attempted attacks in recent days, attempting to access data storages. The information stored on Bundestag computers includes that related to the investigation of the NSA's spying program in Germany.
Bundestag sensitive data under hacker attack (RT News, May 15 2015)
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May 10 2015

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April 27 2015

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Office of Germany’s chancellor knew of NSA espionage: Report

“Citing intelligence agency documents, the German Bild Daily said on Monday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) sought to spy on European firms through the monitoring station of Berlin’s BND foreign intelligence agency at Bad Aibling in southern Bavaria.
The NSA reportedly attempted to spy on phone numbers and e-mail addresses at the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS), which is now known as Airbus, and Eurocopter, now called Airbus Helicopters.
The German daily said it had seen two documents sent by the BND to the chancellery dating back to 2008 and 2010, informing it of the NSA activities.
Citing an unnamed source from the German parliamentary committee on the US spying agency, Bild said Berlin chose to remain silent and close its eyes to the information in order to avoid ‘endangering cooperation’ with Washington and the NSA.
Last week, German news weekly Spiegel said Germany had helped the NSA spy on European companies for years. The report added that the NSA had provided the BND with mail addresses and mobile phone numbers, later to be monitored by Berlin on behalf of Washington.”

February 04 2015

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One Year Later, Obama Failing on Promise to Rein in NSA | Electronic Frontier Foundation

“President Obama still has time in office to make this right, and he’s got ample power to rein in NSA overreach without Congress lifting a finger. But if he continues to offer these weak reforms, then he should be prepared for a major Congressional battle when sections of the Patriot Act come up for reauthorization in June.”

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