Monday, July 8, 2013

The Golden Age That You Never Knew: Return of The Sp-y!

Welcome to the golden age of spying.
Maybe you have heard of WikiLeaks? The UK's latest great spy network? Julian Assange?
How about your latest superstar, and the whistle blower on this great era before us, Edward Snowden?
Yes, we are here and witness to espionage that the world has NEVER seen before.
Now how about some irony and chutzpah to boot:
If you want cause of the geulah, and should you be in denial to the magnitude of what we are beholding, consider this:  we are going through an unprecedented phase of espionage, while a yid who was a spy, sits and terminates his life over such matters.
I don't care what one may say of Jonathan Pollard, the grandiose secrets he knew/knows, etc. Even if he made Snowden look like an amateur [which I highly doubt!] - eizeh chutzpah achi, Nu! 
Seriously, all this spy network goes on with fiber optics and such, and they want to kill him and for what he stood for - when the world literally stands on his head! For that alone, Rav Eliyahu was correct about Pollard, and the geulah WILL COME  on his merit, even if in the negative - at least now it has major context!

The Guardian cited British intelligence memos leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to claim that UK spies were tapping into the world's network of fibre optic cables to deliver the "biggest internet access" of any member of the Five Eyes - the name given to the espionage alliance composed of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. That access could in theory expose a huge chunk of the world's everyday communications - including the content of people's emails, calls, and more - to scrutiny from British spies and their American allies. 

How much data the Brits are copying off the fibre optic network isn't clear, but it's likely to be enormous. The Guardian said the information flowing across more than 200 cables was being monitored by more than 500 analysts from the NSA and its UK counterpart, GCHQ. "This is a massive amount of data!" the Guardian quoted a leaked slide as boasting. The newspaper, whose revelations about America and Britain's globe-spanning surveillance programs have reignited an international debate over the ethics of espionage, said GCHQ was using probes to capture and copy data as it crisscrossed the Atlantic between Western Europe and North America.

It said that, by last year, GCHQ was in some way handling 600 million telecommunications every day - although it did not go into any further detail and it was not clear whether that meant that GCHQ could systematically record or even track all the electronic movement at once. 

GCHQ declined to comment on Friday, although in an emailed statement it repeated past assurances about the legality of its actions. "Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary, and proportionate," the statement said. Fibre optic cables - thin strands of glass bundled together and strung out underground or across the oceans - play a critical role in keeping the world connected.

A 2010 estimate suggested that such cables are responsible for 95 per cent of the world's international voice and data traffic, and the Guardian said Britain's geographic position on Europe's western fringe gave it natural access to many of the trans-Atlantic cables as they emerged from the sea.

The Guardian said GCHQ's probes did more than just monitor the data live; British eavesdroppers can store content for three days and metadata - information about who was talking to whom, for how long, from where, and through what medium - for 30 days. The paper quoted Mr Snowden, the leaker, as saying that the surveillance was "not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight ... They (GCHQ) are worse than the US"

Mr Snowden, whose whereabouts are unknown, faces the prospect of prosecution in the United States over his disclosures, and some there have called on him to be tried for treason. Mr Snowden has expressed interest in seeking asylum in Iceland, where a local businessman said he was prepared to fly the leaker should he request it. 

and as for the U.S. - just read about Edward Snowden and/or NSA operations:

Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said the US National Security Agency operates broad secret spying partnerships with other western governments now complaining about its programmes, in an interview published on Sunday. Snowden said in comments made before his exposure of US espionage practices came to light last month and printed in German news weekly Der Spiegel that NSA spies are "in bed together with the Germans and most other western states". 

In remarks published in German, Snowden said an NSA department known as the foreign affairs directorate coordinated work with foreign secret services. The partnerships are organised so that authorities in other countries can "insulate their political leaders from the backlash" if it becomes public "how grievously they're violating global privacy," he said. The interview was conducted by US cryptography expert Jacob Appelbaum and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras using "encrypted emails shortly before Snowden became known globally for his whistleblowing", Spiegel said. 

 On cooperation with Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency, Snowden said the NSA provides "analysis tools" for data passing through Germany from regions such as the Middle East. The US government has revoked the passport of Snowden, a former NSA contractor who is seeking to evade US justice for leaking details about a vast US electronic surveillance programme to collect phone and internet data. 

 He has been stranded at a Moscow airport for two weeks but three Latin American countries have now offered him asylum. His claims about widespread US spying on Western partners have sparked uproar among European allies in particular and threatened to derail talks on the world's largest free-trade zone due to start on Monday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday and agreed to a "high-level meeting" between US and German security officials in the coming days to address intelligence matters. 

The Key To Understanding Geulah: The Pollard - Eliyahu Key


Anonymous said...

As per Russia, the Americans "are in bed with the Germans and Western" Nations contrary to European indignation, which won't help heal their death-ridden economies.

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