'Real Time': New Leaks Show Near Total NSA Surveillance

'Real Time': New Leaks Show Near Total NSA Surveillance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

New reporting by the Guardian reveals an NSA program called XKeyscore gives the agency near limitless access to e-mails, Web browser history, social media activity and more. The program contains few checks to ensure the surveillance complies with US law. By Konrad Lischka and Christian Stöcker more...

Three Different Prisms? Parliament Seeks Clarity in NSA Scandal

Three Different Prisms? Parliament Seeks Clarity in NSA Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2013

A Thursday meeting in German parliament was supposed to shed light on NSA surveillance activities in Germany. It only added to the mystery. A US response to a Berlin inquiry claims that there are actually three unrelated Prism programs. By Veit Medick and Philipp Wittrock more... Comment ]

'I Would Rather Wait': Merkel Remains Mum on NSA Spying

'I Would Rather Wait': Merkel Remains Mum on NSA Spying

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Despite intense political pressure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered no new details on the extent of NSA surveillance activities in Germany during a Friday press conference. She told reporters that her government is applying "appropriate pressure" on the Obama administration. more... Comment ]

Greenwald: 'Explosive' NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent

Greenwald: 'Explosive' NSA Spying Reports Are Imminent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says new reports from the trove of NSA data supplied by whistleblower Edward Snowden can be expected in the next few days. Speaking on a German talkshow, he said they would be even "more explosive in Germany" than previous reporting. more... Comment ]

NSA Joke: US Military Intervene over Facebook Event

NSA Joke: US Military Intervene over Facebook Event

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2013

As a joke, a German man recently invited some friends for a walk around a top secret NSA facility. But the Facebook invitation soon had German federal police knocking at his door. They had been alerted by the American authorities. By Judith Horchert more... Comment ]

'Broken Oath': NSA Mudslinging Has Merkel on Defensive

'Broken Oath': NSA Mudslinging Has Merkel on Defensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2013

Center-left chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück is doing all he can to capitalize on the spying scandal, even accusing Angela Merkel of breaking her oath. But a Monday report shows that Germany has benefitted greatly from American Internet surveillance. more... Comment ]

Pirate Party Passes into Irrelevance

Pirate Party Passes into Irrelevance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2013

Vast Internet surveillance. A cross-border network of state-sponsored digital snoopery. Governments shrugging their shoulders at widespread protest against the omnipresence of Big Brother. The NSA spying scandal has taught us a lot in recent weeks. One lesson in Germany, however, has gone largely unnoticed. The Pirate Party, hailed only recently as a new kind of political activism, is dead. By Charles Hawley more...

Indispensible Exchange: Germany Cooperates Closely with NSA

Indispensible Exchange: Germany Cooperates Closely with NSA

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2013

German authorities insist they knew nothing of the NSA's Internet spying operations. But SPIEGEL research shows how closely US and German agencies work together. The German opposition is asking uncomfortable questions 11 weeks ahead of a general election. more... Comment ]

Snowden Claims: NSA Ties Put German Intelligence in Tight Spot

Snowden Claims: NSA Ties Put German Intelligence in Tight Spot

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 07, 2013

The German foreign intelligence service knew more about the activities of the NSA in Germany than previously known. "They're in bed together," Edward Snowden claims in an interview in SPIEGEL. The whistleblower also lodges fresh allegations against the British. more...

Spying Scandal: What's the Fuss about US Surveillance?

Spying Scandal: What's the Fuss about US Surveillance?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 05, 2013

Having experienced two dictatorships with notoriously effective intelligence systems, Germans are furious about NSA eavesdropping. Now they want to put even stricter rules in place -- but without paying the necessary price. A Commentary by Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]