Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
November 24, 2014
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Get Truthdig's headlines in your inbox!

Malarkey on the Potomac
Europe’s Nuclear Giants Are Close to Collapse
Joan of Arc
Truthdig Bazaar more items
Ear to the Ground

Intelligence Agency Targets Public Opinion With Polls, Likes, Hits and Other Social Tricks

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jul 15, 2014

Shutterstock

According to a new report based on Edward Snowden leaks by the Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, Britain’s GCHQ has developed a library of tools that allow the agency to aggressively manipulate the public.

According to the report, British agents can rig online polls, make websites and select videos appear more popular than they are, peep at private Facebook photos, spy on eBay auctions and Skype calls and, among still more dirty tricks, impersonate targets’ personal email addresses.

The GCHQ is Britain’s equivalent of the NSA, and given the history of cooperation between the two agencies, it’s not a wild leap to guess that the U.S. may have similar capabilities or at least the means to achieve them.

Greenwald reports further that British authorities outside GCHQ might not even know what’s going on:

As for oversight, serious questions have been raised about whether top national security officials even know what GCHQ is doing. Chris Huhne, a former cabinet minister and member of the national security council until 2012, insisted that ministers were in “utter ignorance” about even the largest GCHQ spying program, known as Tempora—not to mention “their extraordinary capability to hoover up and store personal emails, voice contact, social networking activity and even internet searches.” In an October Guardian op-ed, Huhne wrote that “when it comes to the secret world of GCHQ and the [NSA], the depth of my ‘privileged information’ has been dwarfed by the information provided by Edward Snowden to The Guardian.”

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

More Below the Ad

Square, Site wide

New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Monsters of Our Own Creation? Get tickets for this Truthdig discussion of America's role in the Middle East.
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.

Like Truthdig on Facebook