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Offshore libel case struck out

The High Court has struck out claims for libel by offshore property developer Raheem Brennerman against Duncan Campbell and Times Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Sunday Times. Brennerman failed to pay a security of costs order for £225,000, after complaining about a report on the use of British charities names by offshore trusts. The High Court ordered Brennerman to pay the full costs of both his actions, likely to exceed £400,000.

Highlights of High Court judgment against Raheem Brennerman

Britain to pay billions for monster internet surveillance network

New questions raised about Britain’s snoopers’ charter after Denmark abandons its own UK-style surveillance programme for a second time

Britain’s biggest web companies will be forced to build a national network of massive internet surveillance centres, likely to cost billions of pounds, if MPs approve proposals the Home Office is determined to rush through Parliament after Easter.

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New UK law will criminalise failure to hack on demand

MPs have been given only two weeks to read 1,200 pages of documents which disclose new powers to require technology companies to install secret surveillance capabilities in software, computer equipment or networks.

Computer businesses or IT staff who fail to destroy security on their products or services on demand, or who decline a Home Office order to hack their customers in Britain or overseas by installing or operating government malware, could face bankruptcy or long jail sentences if a new law before parliament goes ahead.

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Investigatory Powers Bill

Duncan provided written evidence to the Joint Committee on the controversial new Investigatory Powers bill in December 2015 (inital submission and supplementary follow-up). The Committee is expected to report in February 2016.

We have also set up print-on-demand A5-book versions of the Draft Bill text and Home Office papers supporting the bill, as well as the three major 2015 surveillance reports that led up to it. Advocates as well as opponents of the new Home Office plans may find these bound volumes more convenient than the online PDF documents. (No revenue is generated to us from these books, they are set at the lowest price that Lulu will allow.)

Big Brother is born. UK Govt admits after 15 years of secrecy.

Thames House in London and BT Tapping Centre in London 1980

Britain's national Lawful Interception (LI) tapping centre codenamed PRESTON (left) has replaced the secret TINKERBELL Post Office tapping centre I exposed in 1980

The "Big Brother" comprehensive national database system feared by many MPs has been built behind their backs over the last decade, and even has a name for its most intrusive component: a central London national phone and internet tapping centre called PRESTON.

PRESTON, which collects about four million intercepted phone calls a year, has also recently been used to plant malware on iPhones, according to disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The phones were then targetted for MI5 "implants" (malware), authorised by a ministerial warrant.

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(Image credit: Thames House, CC-BY-SA by Cnbrb at the English language Wikipedia)

Invasion of the bungalows

Cold war history

During the 1950s, dozens of bungalows of almost identical design were secretly built across the length and breadth of Britain. Inside every one was a discrete guardroom, and a rear shaft leading down to protected radiation and blast proofed underground bunkers.

Many of them became emergency government regional wartime control centers during the Cold War.

All of the bunker network, called ROTOR, has been declassified and the bunkers decommissioned and sold off. This report from London's Time Out magazine, identified the network for the first time.

MPs can be protected from GCHQ trawling - NSA expert

Protecting members of Parliament from mass surveillance by bulk collection is “exceedingly simple”, according to the US co-inventor of the high technology devices and programs now used by GCHQ to intercept optical fibre cables carrying Internet data in and out of Britain.

Bill Binney, formerly Technical Director of the NSA’s Operations Directorate, dismissed as “absolute horseshit” claims by government lawyers to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), reported in an adjudication last month, that “there is so much data flowing along the pipe” that “it isn’t intelligible at the point of interception”.

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(Image credit: Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr)

The now-confirmed ECHELON communications satellite surveillance system run by NSA's and its "Five Eyes" allies has doubled in scale since 2000, and could quadruple, according to open research triggered by Edward Snowden's revelations. The expansion has been further enhanced by linking in other FORNSAT (foreign satellite) interception sites run by NSA's allies in secret pacts, including Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark. Read More...



After 27 years, the truth about the ECHELON surveillance system is out. NSA documents, published in the Intercept, reveal that the ECHELON system was setup "at the height of the Cold War" to spy on the west's communication satellite network, Intelsat.

"Yes, there is an ECHELON system", an NSA history note records, at the same time as making derisory references to the European Parliament's investigation in 2000 and 2001. Read More...


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...

5-Eyed Vampire Squid


One year after The Guardian opened up the trove of top secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head.

Everything about the safety of the internet as a common communication medium has been shown to be broken... Read More...

GCHQ's Middle East cable tap centre revealed

Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Read More...

Britain's 'secret listening post in the heart of Berlin'

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


Also see:

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



Uni Masterclass in Mass Surveillance

Duncan and former senior NSA director and whistleblower Bill Binney ran a masterclass in Mass Surveillance for a large academic audience at the University of Sussex in March 2016. Media lecturer Dr Alban Webb said that the class focussed "many discussions in the Sussex academic community". The Lab team and Ioann Stacewicz have published a full video of the session.

Duncan at CIJ Logan 2016

Duncan spoke on a panel at the Logan CIJ 2016 Symposium, along with NSA whistleblowers Bill Binney and Tom Drake, plus Annegret Falter (from Whistleblower-Network) and Holger Stark (of Der Spiegel).

Watch the full session here.

Duncan talks Snoopers Charter with NewsPeeks

While Duncan was in Berlin for the Logan CIJ Symposium, he sat down for an interview with youth news organisation NewsPeeks, to talk about the impending changes to UK surveillance law.

Watch the interview here.


Duncan interviewed on Al Jazeera

Duncan participated in a piece for Al Jazeera's Listening Post strand, about the potential impact of the Investigatory Powers Bill on journalism in the UK.

You can watch it here.

Books back in print


War Plan UK and The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier are now available to buy in print again.

Deepsec Conference 2015

In November 2015, Duncan gave the keynote speech at the Deepsec conference in Vienna.

Duncan's presentation is now available to watch online, as is the one given by American writer James Bamford (author of The Puzzle Palace, the seminal 1982 book about the US National Security Agency).

Embassy Eavesdropping

Der Spiegel - Das Nest

Duncan's report in the Independent about the British electronic embassy spying operation in the heart of Berlin, called TRYST, aroused German government anger soon after Chancellor Merkel learned that he cellphone had been targeted by NSA. Read more and more

Offshore Leaks

Secrecy For Sale

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists's "Offshore Leaks" investigation lifted the veil on the secret world of tax havens. Read More

The Capenhurst Tower

Read how Richard Lamont and Duncan Campbell exposed the true purpose of the Capenhurst Tower. Read more

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Find out about Duncan's 40 years as an investigative journalist

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Secret Society

Watch the legendary, once-banned 1987 BBC series 

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The ABC Case

In 1977, Duncan was charged under the Official Secrets Act.

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Watch the investigative reports created for Channel 4 and the BBC. Read more

Uncovering Global Surveillance

Read stories on Echelon, phone-tapping, surveillance and more

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Computer Forensics     

Duncan has been a leading expert witness in computer forensics for nearly two decades. 

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