Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Honour among data thieves II

The "common understanding" that exists among the Five Eyes countries that they won't spy on each other seems to be less and less commonly held:

"Obama: No country where we have no-spy agreement," Associated Press, 11 February 2014.

See Honour among data thieves, UKUSA version for a look at how the "understanding", which does seem to exist, probably works in practice.

Update 2 May 2014:

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice also asserts (says the New York Times) that "the United States [does] not have no-spy agreements with any of its close allies, even with the other members of the so-called Five Eyes — the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand" (David Sanger, "U.S. and Germany Fail to Reach a Deal on Spying," New York Times, 1 May 2014).

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