Dec 5, 2013
GCHQ Tries to Keep Surveillance From the Public
Posted on Oct 25, 2013
Leaked memos show the U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ has repeatedly warned internally that it fears “damaging public debate” about the nature and scale of its mass spying activities because it could lead to legal challenges that affect the program.
The memos belong to the cache of classified documents disclosed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden and detail the agency’s long-standing fight against public awareness of its activities.
“Foremost among the reasons was a desire to minimise the potential for challenges against the agency’s large-scale interception programmes, rather than any intrinsic threat to security, the documents show,” wrote The Guardian’s James Ball.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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