US President Barack Obama will announce intelligence agency reforms following months of revelations about mass government surveillance by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
For the first time in Germany, top intelligence officials will publically answer questions in front of a parliamentary committee. The hearing is part of a government push to take the agencies "out of the grey zone."
Russian government-backed hackers stole US secrets on how to penetrate foreign computer networks in 2015. This after a National Security Agency contractor put highly classified information on his home computer.
Germany's foreign intelligence service was hardly innocent in the NSA spying scandal. The consequences drawn from that fact are dubious and no guarantee for more security in fighting terrorism, says Marcel Fürstenau.
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