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Questions about shipyard security linger following engineer's arrest

OTTAWA - The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy says he's been assured the secrets of the military's planned Arctic patrol ships will not fall into the wrong hands, and the yard at the centre of the latest spy case is taking appropriate precautions with top-secret information. The vote of confidence from Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, in an interview with The Canadian Press, comes as questions linger about precisely what data Qing Quentin Huang, 53, might have been offering to the government of China.

Japan set to pass secrets law despite growing disquiet

A controversial state secrets bill is expected to become law in Japan this week despite objections from a broadening coalition who say the legislation is being rushed through parliament. Lawyers, journalists, religious leaders and a Nobel physicist are among a growing group of opponents who think the act is worryingly vague and gives too much power to the government.

Former special intelligence unit member says spy sent to N. Korea

A former member of a special Ground Staff Office unit has told Kyodo News about intelligence activities long conducted without the knowledge of the prime minister or defense minister, including paying several million yen to collaborators and sending a spy to North Korea. The unit's very existence has been kept secret, even inside the Ground Self-Defense Force itself. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Wednesday denied the existence of such an organ.

Bribery scandal: two more US officers under investigation

The US Navy has stripped two admirals of access to classified information in connection with a widening bribery scandal involving prostitutes and lucrative government contracts in Asia, officials said Friday. Three senior naval officers have already been arrested in the probe and the announcement signaled a spreading corruption scandal that implicated members of the top echelons of the navy.

Spanish intelligence chief briefs lawmakers on U.S. spying

Madrid, Nov 6 (EFE).- Lawmakers from Spain's political parties expressed satisfaction Wednesday after intelligence chief Felix Sanz Roldan briefed them on U.S. electronic spying in the Iberian nation. The National Intelligence Center, or CNI, director spent more than two hours behind closed doors with Parliament's official secrets committee.

Poland asks court to hear CIA jails case in private

By Christian Lowe WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's government has asked the European Court of Human Rights to exclude the media and the public from a court hearing on whether Poland hosted a secret CIA prison on its territory. The request for a private hearing was criticized by a Polish human rights group, which accuses the state of trying to conceal its involvement in the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program behind a veil of secrecy.

France slams US spy chief's accusations as 'unlikely'

France on Wednesday slammed as "unlikely" US allegations that European spy agencies shared phone call records with US intelligence, as a transatlantic surveillance row intensified. General Keith Alexander, head of the US National Security Agency, on Tuesday took onlookers at a Congress hearing by surprise when he dismissed allegations that his agency had swept up data on millions of phone calls in Europe as "completely false".

Europe should be grateful for US spying

Europeans should be grateful for US spying operations because they keep them safe, US lawmakers said Sunday, urging allies to improve their own intelligence and oversight efforts. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers called "disingenuous" foreign governments' outrage over the National Security Agency's large dragnet over communications of several dozen world leaders and ordinary citizens. And he blamed the news media for getting the story wrong.

Brazil fires agent seen as US intelligence source

Brazil fired an intelligence officer last year believed to have disclosed government secrets to a CIA agent, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said Sunday. The newspaper said that the Brazilian agent provided the Central Intelligence Agency around mid-2012 with information pertaining to a border standoff between Brazil and its neighbors Paraguay and Argentina. The United States reportedly had a particular interest in the dispute because of fears that the region is a source of support for Middle East extremists.

France should be 'popping champagne' over NSA spying: US lawmaker

US intelligence is better than in Europe, and snooping at the heart of a widening scandal helps keeps the world safe, a top US lawmaker declared Sunday amid a widening spying row. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers also suggested there was nothing surprising in revelations that the United States was monitoring communications of several dozen world leaders and ordinary citizens, and blamed the news media for getting the story wrong.
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