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Spy Versus Spy: Campbell, Snowden and ECHELON

Posted by on August 3, 2015.

My eye was caught by Duncan Campbell’s article for The Register – Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files: Origins of automated surveillance – partly because I didn’t think there was any doubt about the existence of ECHELON.

Still, as an interesting – if disquieting – account of Campbell’s life’s work exposing the government’s over-reaching surveillance’  it’s well worth reading. (If articles split over several screens annoy you, you can read it all in one at The Intercept. However, the link from the Register page is broken: try this one.)

Sometimes having an internet connection is like living in a Spy vs. Spy cartoon strip, with commercial interests on one side and political interests on the other. And whether or not the status quo works for you as an individual, I’m not sure either should get to wear the white hat.

David Harley

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