Investigative journalist and forensic expert
Fireside chats with spooks and ex-spooks about mass global communications surveillance and the "cold winds of transparency" brought about by Edward Snowden might seem an unlikely event for critical regulators, Google, Apple, and people like me. But that's what happened mid-May at the elegant private conference centre at Ditchley Park, near Oxford... Read More...
Secret US espionage activity against Germany, from Germany and revealed this week by Der Spiegel has added new evidence to European concerns about the interception of the phones of the Germany's Chancellor Merkel and other world leaders. Duncan was a consultant to Der Spiegel for the enquiry and identified the listening "windows" shown on the front cover.
Similar, top secret listening installations, protected from scrutiny by diplomatic immunity are used to conduct massive electronic listening, usually from the top floors of US embassies. One is in Berlin. Others are located in European capitals from Paris to Athens.
Duncan filmed inside a similar decommissioned British surveillance facility using the same techniques as the US and UK currently use to spy in Europe's capital cities.
His investigations led to a 1999 television expose about how the UK had secretly intercepted and analysed all the international communications of the Irish Republic, an EU member. GCHQ's activities were later found to be unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights. See "Embassy Spying".
Claims that GCHQ has maintained spying operations even after US pulled out. The front page report for the Independent resulted in the British ambassador being summoned to the German foreign ministry. Read main story here
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists's "Offshore Leaks" investigation lifted the veil on the secret world of tax havens. Duncan was the Data Journalism Manager for the project. His stories have been published in the Guardian, Sunday Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. Read his latest stories below, and see the "Offshore Leaks" page.
The Eavesdroppers: First article revealing GCHQ
In 1976, Duncan Campbell, along with Mark Hosenball, published THE EAVESDROPPERS, the first ever report on GCHQ.
21 May 1976 | Click here to read
'Iedereen zijn privacy is eraan'
Belgian publication MO* (*Mondiall Nieus) talks to NSA experts Matthew Aid and Duncan Campbell about the impact and consequences for of the Edward Snowden leaks. 10 August 2012
The British and US governments may want to play down Snowden's revelations about NSA and GCHQ surveillance operations, but for the rest of the world and for Europe in particular it is an existential moment. 07 July 2013 | Click here to read
KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal...
11th June 2013 | Click here to read more
Find out about Duncan's 40 years as an investigative journalist
Watch the legendary, once-banned 1987 BBC series
In 1977, Duncan was charged under the Official Secrets Act.
Watch the investigative reports created for Channel 4 and the BBC. Read more
Read stories on Echelon, phone-tapping, surveillance and more
Duncan has been a leading expert witness in computer forensics for nearly two decades.
Upcoming: History of Echelon
Duncan will be speaking at a conference about the investigation in to Echelon at the European Parliamentary Research Service on Wednesday 5 November 2014
Duncan spoke at the premier annual French economics conference "Les Rencontres économiques d'Aix-en-Provence", on the scale and economic threat from global surveillance. Read more
FRA is a threat to human rights
Interview with Duncan by Sweden's Stampen about the country's co-operation with NSA. Read more
Interview with first ever NSA whistleblower, and source for the Eavesdroppers article, Winslow Peck. Read more
Brian Barr, BBC producer of Secret Society has died. Read more
Jock Kane helped expose GCHQ corruption in Hong Kong. Read more
Privacy and human rights groups write to the PM to support calls for greater oversight of the security services. Click here
The Capenhurst Tower
Read how Richard Lamont and Duncan Campbell exposed the true purpose of the Capenhurst Tower. Read more
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