What to Know About China’s ‘Unmasked’ NSA Leaks: What You Need to Know by April 29, 2019
By April 29th, the United States and China have become the most tightly connected nations in the world, and the countrys new National Security Agency leaks have added fuel to the debate about the nation’s surveillance efforts.
The leak of NSA documents about surveillance practices at the country’s most sensitive U.S. communications hub, Fort Meade, has been the latest in a series of revelations that have made headlines around the world.
The latest batch of documents released Wednesday, including those on the U.K.’s GCHQ, have added to the growing controversy about surveillance and privacy in the United Kingdom.
As Reuters reported, the documents included a list of “a large number of people” whose names were not redacted from the files, including a senior U.N. official, a former U.W. diplomat and a member of the British Parliament.
The Guardian also reported that the document, entitled “A comprehensive analysis of GCHQ’s SIGINT collection activities in the U and EMEA,” listed “up to 2,200 targets” and “upwards of 7,000 GCHQ employees.”
The documents also detailed how GCHQ uses surveillance techniques that are “uniquely tailored to each of its customers,” according to Reuters.
A GCHQ spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, the British parliament, the House of Commons, voted to approve a bill to end mass surveillance, which was introduced by former Labour leader Ed Miliband, a staunch supporter of the UK’s intelligence agencies.
The measure, which would allow the government to hand over its spying data to law enforcement and judicial bodies, has drawn ire from privacy advocates who say the bill would violate the privacy of individuals in the country.
As part of a new bill that will be debated in the House on April 26, parliamentarians will also discuss the U-turns made by British spy agencies following revelations that British intelligence services collected communications data on millions of people without their consent, and that the U.-K.
spied on other countries with whom the United Nations has diplomatic relations.
The bill has not yet passed into law, however.
“We have seen from the Snowden documents that the UK is engaged in a wide-ranging surveillance program, and I don’t think we should allow this to stand,” Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, told CNN on Wednesday.
“This is not the first time the British government has engaged in mass surveillance on its own citizens, and they are already abusing the same powers as other nations,” he added.
“It is a question of how much we are willing to allow this system to continue.”
While Assange is one of the main advocates for the bill, many others, including Julian Assange and the Center for Constitutional Rights, have expressed concerns about the bill.
“A bill to reinstate mass surveillance and mass interception of private communications without judicial oversight is one that has already been rejected by the British people, the European Parliament, the US Senate and the UK Parliament, and now it is the UK government,” said Christopher Soghoian, director of the Center on Law and Security at the Cato Institute, in a statement.
“In light of the Snowden leaks, we cannot simply assume that our intelligence agencies will not continue to do what they have done, no matter how many times they are embarrassed and humiliated by their own actions.”