Edward Snowden ‘Has Blood On His Hands:’ MI6 Is Forced To Pull Spies Out Of Hostile Countries — After Russia And China Decode a MILLION Encrypted Files’ — Based On His Leaks;

#AceNewsServices – June.14: Edward Snowden ‘Has Blood On His Hands:’ MI6 Is Forced To Pull Spies Out Of Hostile Countries — After Russia And China Decode a MILLION Encrypted Files’ — Based On His Leaks; While The Islamic State, al Qaeda, others — Have Learned How To Better Evade Western Surveillance.

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 Jay Akbar, writing on the June 13, 2015 DailyMailOnline, says Britain’s MI6 foreign spy agency “has pulled its spies out of ‘hostile countries;’ and, “American intelligence agencies are on high alert — after China and Russia crack encrypted files leaked by Edward Snowden.  The Top Secret documents contain information that could lead to the identification of British and American [undercover] spies,” according to [senior] officials in Downing Street — the Home Office, and Security Services.”

     “A senior Home Office official accused Snowden — the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor — responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history — of having “blood on his hands,” after China, Russia,” al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and others, gained access to over one million files, Mr. Akbar writes.

     ‘Security Services have reported ‘increasing difficulties’ in tracking terrorists and dangerous criminals via email, chat rooms, and social media — since he [Snowden] exposed Western intelligence gathering [sources and methods],” The London Sunday Times reported.  Mr. Akbar adds that senior “aides to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office confirmed [to the DailyMailOnline], “the Top Secret [encrypted] material is now in the hands of China and Russia.”  “it has meant agents have had to be moved; and, that knowledge of how we operate has stopped us [from] getting vital information.”  “A British intelligence source added……”Snowden has done incalculable damage.  In some cases, agencies have been forced to intervene; and, lift their agents from operations to prevent them from being identified and killed.  we know Russia and China have a access to Snowden’s material; and, will be going through it for years to come, searching for clues to identify potential targets.”

    “Former GCHQ Director [NSA’s ‘sister’ agency in Britain], Sir David Omand, believes the leak represents a “huge strategic setback,” which is “harming Britain, America, and her NATO allies.”  Sir David Omand added, “the leak could spark a ‘global intelligence arms race,’ adding: ‘I have no doubt whatever the programs are being launched; and, money is being spent to try and catch up.  That’s probably not just true of China and Russia; but, a number of other nations who have seen some of this material to be published.”

     “I am not at all surprised that people are being pulled back; and, operations where people [agents] are exposed….are having to be shut down, at least for the moment.”  Robin Simcox, writing in the June 9, 2015 edition of Britain’s newspaper — The Independent, wrote “quantifying the damage has not always been easy.”  “If a terrorist suspect dropped off the radar, post-June 23, 2013 [post-Snowden], “it could not always be proved,” that an individual went silent — as a result of what Edward Snowden had disclosed.  “Regardless,” Mr. Simcox contends, “there are trends emerging.”

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Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

Britain Pulls Spies Out of Russia, China — “Our agents and assets being targeted” as a Result of Snowden, Cyber Hacking, Leaks

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain has pulled out agents from live operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Sunday Times reported.

Security service MI6, which operates overseas and is tasked with defending British interests, has removed agents from certain countries, the newspaper said, citing unnamed officials at the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Home Office (interior ministry) and security services.

Snowden downloaded more than 1.7 million secret files from security agencies in the United States and Britain in 2013, and leaked details about…

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#BREAKING144 ‘ Polish Ministers resign over Taping Scandal ‘

#AceBreakingNews – POLAND:June.10: Polish parliament speaker, 3 ministers resign over taping scandal

Three Polish ministers and the parliament speaker submitted their resignations in connection with a taping scandal, Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz announced on Wednesday. Secret recordings of government ministers’ conversations were leaked this week.

The PM announced that the three ministers who decided to quit their positions are the health, treasury and sports ministers.

Several other politicians, including the Speaker of the Parliament, Radoslaw Sikorski, as well as a chief adviser to the Prime Minister and a special services coordinator, also resigned.

Prime Minister Kopacz also indicated that she would fire Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet, AP reported. The investigation with the ministers involved was led by Seremet, and Kopacz said it was slow-going.

She also mentioned she did not accept the prosecutor’s report on why the classified files from the probe had been leaked to the public.

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New Obama executive order bans former officials from talking publicly

The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures.

Here is the unclassified document: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1156526-instr-80-04-pre-publication-review-of.html

A new pre-publication review policy (Link above) for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, books, term papers or other unofficial writings.

Such officials “must not use sourcing that comes from known leaks, or unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information,” it says. “The use of such information in a publication can confirm the validity of an unauthorized disclosure and cause further harm to national security.”

Failure to comply “may result in the imposition of civil and administrative penalties, and may result in the loss of security clearances and accesses,” it says. It follows a policy that James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, issued in March that bars officials at all 17 intelligence agencies from speaking without permission to journalists about unclassified information related to intelligence.

Timothy H. Edgar, a visiting professor at Brown University who worked at the intelligence office and the White House from 2006 to 2013, said it was appropriate to block former officials from disclosing classified information and confirming leaks.

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But, he said, it went too far to retroactively block former officials from citing news reports in the public domain, as long as they did so neutrally and did not confirm them as factually correct. That would amount to a prior restraint on former officials’ First Amendment rights that they did not consent to, he said.

“You’re basically saying people can’t talk about what everyone in the country is talking about,” he said. “I think that is awkward and overly broad in terms of restricting speech.”

Jeffrey Anchukaitis, a spokesman for Mr. Clapper, said that while the policy compels current and former officials “to engage before releasing information, in practice each case is unique and officials work with O.D.N.I. personnel to allow for as much public release as possible.”

Intelligence officials have long agreed to submit writings for pre-publication review as a condition of receiving security clearances. While the goal of the old policy was to ensure “the protection of classified information,” the new policy is subtly broader: “to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of information.”

Mr. Anchukaitis said the change was intended to acknowledge that there are other types of sensitive information whose release was already restricted, such as proprietary business data submitted for contract negotiations or personnel information covered by the Privacy Act.

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The new policy is written ambiguously in places. It combines what had been two directives — one governing official agency writings and another covering unofficial writings by both current and former employees — into one. It is sometimes unclear which categories are covered by particular rules.

One section, for example, suggests that writings by former officials may be censored to remove unclassified information deemed “For Official Use Only” and intended for the state and local police. But Mr. Anchukaitis said that section is meant only to make sure that official releases to state and local agencies are screened for classified information before being issued.

The new policy was signed last month and first reported on Thursday on the Secrecy News blog by Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/05/intelligence-staff-banned-from-citing-leaked-material-188257.html

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U.S. Says #WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Unlikely To Face Charges

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More than three years after the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks roiled the United States with massive disclosures of diplomatic cables and other secrets, officials say the group’s founder Julian Assange is unlikely to ever faces charges, the New York Timesreports.

Citing unnamed sources at the Department of Justice, the Times reports officials have that if they were to prosecute Assange, they would have to also prosecute U.S news organizations and journalists as well, calling their conundrum a “New York Times problem.” The Times published reports on many of the documents Assange provided.

“The problem the department has always had in investigating Julian Assange is there is no way to prosecute him for publishing information with the same theory being applied to journalists,” a former department spokesman said. “And if you are not going to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, which the department is not, then there is no…

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