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The end of the Bloc to the beginning of Snowden.

With the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 the security services begin trying to justify their role in this new world. The target had changed, it was no longer a single sprawling enemy, but smaller fast moving organisations, crossing the boundaries between “state” actors and criminal. 480 more words

The Way GCHQ Obliterated The Guardian’s Laptops May Have Revealed More Than It Intended

The Intercept

In July 2013, GCHQ, Britain’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency,forced journalists at the London headquarters of The Guardian to completely obliterate the memory of the computers on which they kept copies of top-secret documents provided to them by former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. 20 more words



Rochelle sets us a one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, every week.  Come and have a go, if you think you’re bard enough. 113 more words


Fighting the Electronic war - 1950's - 1990's..

The rise of GCHQ can most definitely be pinned to the rise in electronic communication. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) by its very nature needs signals from which it can draw its intelligence. 576 more words

Guardian on Russia: None of the news that's fit to print


The Guardian’s coverage of Russia is, famously, rather petty these days. Petty and confusing and full of conflicting assertions from various people with differing sizes of axe to grind. 293 more words


Citizenfour - Documentary - Now Freeview

“In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. 93 more words

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Bletchley - The beginning.

GCHQ started life during the first world war. Its most notable success of the time being the interception of the telegram sent by the German Foreign Minister, Count Zimmermann. 445 more words