A report concludes that the CIA misled Congress on the scope, usefulness and reporting of the severe interrogations programme introduced by George W Bush’s administration in response to the 9-11 terror attacks. Photograph: Eriko Sugita/Reuters

In the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty , Hollywood’s depiction of events leading up to the death (...)

Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, accused the CIA last month of breaking the law by searching computers used by committee staff working on the report on CIA interrogations. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Central Intelligence Agency misled Congress and the US public about the scope and effectiveness of its controversia(...)

Senator Dianne Feinstein walks off the Senate floor after speaking about the CIA in Washington, DC, yesterday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Central Intelligence Agency and a powerful Senate committee overseeing the activities of the US spying ag(...)

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks during a talk titled Connecting with the World: Empowering Young Entrepreneurs for the New Digital Age at the Chinese University of Hong Kong today. Schmidt told students in Hong Kong that internet freedom was vital to innovation. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said widespread US government spying on its data centres would be outrageous and potentially illegal if true.(...)

Did US president Barack Obama really not know about the NSA monitoring of world leaders’ phones? And if he didn’t know, what is the point of snooping on allies, such as Germany’s Angela Merkel? Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Democrats and Republicans in the US having similar opinions? Yes, it has come to this. Thanks to the latest batch of revelations about the National Se(...)

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s top foreign affairs and intelligence advisers will quiz officials in Washington today over the activities of US spies in Germany, inc(...)

A satellite dish is seen in the former monitoring base of the National Security Agency  in Bad Aibling, south of Munich. Photograph: Reuters

The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011 in a programme th(...)

US president Barack Obama announced plans yesterday to limit sweeping US government surveillance programmes
Obama promises surveillance changes
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  • August 10, 2013, 10:50

US president Barack Obama announced plans yesterday to limit sweeping US government surveillance programmes that have come under criticism since leaks(...)

 President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday with departing national security adviser Tom Donilon,  incoming national security adviser Susan Rice (centre) and  Samantha Power, the new US ambassador to the UN.  Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Obama administration has acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate (...)

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