GCHQ

15 years of leaks from GCHQ to the Russians

The Guardian, October 25 1982
with Alex Brummer

American intelligence sources have started to leak details of a security crisis at the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham. They refer to “the most damaging Soviet penetration of Western security since the second world war.”

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GCHQ leaks "gave Russia access to all NATO secrets"

The Guardian, October 26 1982
with Patrick Keatley

The Prime Minister is being pressed to set up an inquiry into security at the Government communication headquarters in Cheltenham in the wake of further leaks yesterday by American intelligence sources.

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Inside GCHQ's vast surveillance machine - where Prime spied for USSR

The Guardian, November 11 1982

Geoffrey Prime has caused panic in Whitehall and fury in Washington because, with very little skill and the greatest of ease, he has made a nonsense of the biggest, most ambitious and most expensive operation in the history of espionage.

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The history of holes in security at GCHQ

The Guardian, November 11 1982
with Richard Norton-Taylor

On April 1st 1981, the civil service unions at GCHQ in Cheltenham decided to work to rule as part of their national campaign. This meant that they followed all available security procedures. The result was chaos.
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New moves to deal with security failure in Prime case

The Guardian, May 13 1983

THE Government yesterday agreed to a radical overhaul of internal security in Whitehall and in the intelligence services to deal with the succession of security failures behind the case of Geoffrey Prime, who spied for the Russians from 1968 to 1981.

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GCHQ chief quits after Prime scandal

The Guardian, July 28 1983
with Richard Norton-Taylor

Sir Brian Tovey, director of the Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, is to take early retirement in the autumn in what is believed to be a reaction to pressure in the wake of the Geoffrey Prime scandal.
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Government silences GCHQ whistleblower

The Observer, August 5 1984

The government has succeeded in suppressing publication of a book by a former GCHQ employee alleging widespread corruption, incompetence and lax security in the top secret eavesdropping network.

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GCHQ exploits official secrecy to break the law

The Guardian, July 16 1991
with Richard Norton-Taylor

There are not a lot of rules in the British intelligence game: a handful of laws that Parliament has managed to cobble together; a guideline or two, usually inherited from another age. And so, for an outsider, it is breathtaking to discover the frequency and ease with which the few existing rules are evaded, manipulated and quite simply broken.
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MPs demand action on GCHQ law-breaking

The Guardian, July 17 1991
with Richard Norton-Taylor

The Government was under pressure last night to introduce new controls on the security and intelligence services in the wake of disclosures that they had been engaged in apparently unlawful operations.

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UK planned to spy on Commonwealth leaders

The Guardian, June 16 2013
with Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball

UK intelligence agencies planned to spy on delegates to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2009, aiming to give UK ministers an advantage in talks with their Commonwealth counterparts, according to a top-secret document seen by the Guardian.

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UK spies used G20 London meetings to spy on allies

The Guardian, June 17 2013
with Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

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US agency spied on Putin communications during UK visit

The Guardian, June 17 2013
with Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball

American spies based in the UK intercepted the top-secret communications of the then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to Britain for the G20 summit in London, leaked documents reveal.

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GCHQ has broken into world's network of cables for phone calls and Internet traffic

The Guardian, June 21 2013
with Ewen MacAskill, Nick Hopkins, Julian Borger and James Ball

Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world's phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).

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Even MI5 feared GCHQ was trampling on civil liberties

The Guardian, June 22 2013

Senior figures inside British intelligence have been alarmed by GCHQ's secret decision to tap into transatlantic cables in order to engage in the bulk interception of phone calls and internet traffic.

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