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CSIS seal

►►S. Koreans say several N. Korean assassination bids stopped. South Korea has arrested several North Korean agents for plotting to assassinate anti-Pyongyang activists, according to Won Sei-Hoon, head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, who spoke to the parliament’s intelligence committee. Earlier this month, Seoul prosecutors charged a North Korean agent with trying to murder Park Sang-Hak, an outspoken activist in Seoul, with a poison-tipped weapon.
►►MI5 inspectors’ website shut down after security blunder. A new website for the former High Court judges responsible for oversight of MI5, MI6 and wiretapping has been shut down after it emerged that anyone could edit any page of it. The security blunder forced the Intelligence Services Commissioner, Sir Mark Waller, and the Interception of Communications Commissioner, Sir Paul Kennedy, to pull the plug on their new website.
►►Report urges Canadian spies to share more info with diplomats. Canada’s spy agency needs to share more information with the Department of Foreign Affairs so the department is better prepared for negative reactions to Canadian intelligence work overseas, according to a new report by Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee. The Committee, which reports to Parliament on the work of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, found the organization had “limited exchanges” with Canada’s diplomats on its operations.

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British report reveals over 500,000 domestic spying requests in 2008

ICC report

ICC report

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
An annual report published Monday by Britain’s Interception of Communications Commissioner has revealed that UK government agencies made 504,073 official requests for communications data of citizens in 2008. The report by Sir Paul Kennedy shows that UK authorities authorized every single one of the half a million requests for access to telephone and email traffic data, such as phone numbers dialed and the dates and times of email exchanges. The authorizations did not cover the content of communications. The total number of requests for 2008 amount to more than 1,400 a day and nearly 10,000 a week. Overall, around 1,2 million official government requests for access to communications data have been made in Britain from 2006 to 2008 –the equivalent of one request for every 21 adults living in Britain.

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