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...

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...

How embassy eavesdropping works

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".

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


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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

Click for Original article or see Google translate

Bajo la vigilancia de los Cinco Ojos

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...

The top secret US National Security Agency web communications and user data collection program would seem unlikely to be the total, tyrannical surveillance behemoth reporters first assumed.



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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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


Unmasking NSA in Provence

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

After 30 Years of Silence, the Original NSA Whistleblower Looks Back

Interview with first ever NSA whistleblower, and source for the Eavesdroppers article, Winslow Peck. Read more

Secret Society producer dies.

Brian Barr, BBC producer of Secret Society has died. Read more

First GCHQ whistleblower dies, aged 92

Jock Kane helped expose GCHQ corruption in Hong Kong. Read more

Letter to prime minister

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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