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Joel Greenberg
It was not easy because he was very secretive. Some said he was the most secretive person they ever met. . When he died in 1961 there was no recognition from the intelligence community, there were no obituaries in the national press. He's the only head of GCHQ never to receive a knighthood.feedback
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Sep 03 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about GCHQ. 14 people are quoted and you can read 27 citations of them about GCHQ. Robert Hannigan, Andrew Napolitano and Paul Chichester, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Robert Hannigan said: “If you are spending a disproportionate amount of your holiday unsuccessfully attempting to separate your children from WiFi or their digital devices, do not despair. Your poor parenting may be helping them and saving the country. The assumption that time online or in front of a screen is life wasted needs challenging. It is driven by fear.”.
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Erik Wemple

Flacks for Fox News are going to need a spring break. Yesterday, senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano reemerged on the network’s airwaves after getting in trouble for alleging - based on unnamed sources - that the United Kingdom assisted President Barack Obama in surveilling presidential candidate Donald Trump. “You’ve had a few quiet days, ” said host Bill Hemmer, in a clever allusion to Napolitano’s short time on the Fox News bench. After Napolitano surfaced these claims on an opinion show - the idiotic “Fox & Friends” - a representative from the network’s news side, Shepard Smith, memorably countered them on air: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way, full stop.” Smith was forced to issue that statement after a spokesman for the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) issued a statement thrashing the Napolitano report, which had been cited by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

And the sources stand by it. The American public needs to know more about this rather than less, because a lot of the government surveillance authorities will expire in the fall and there will be a great debate about how much authority we want the government to have to surveil us. And the more the American public knows about this, the more informed their and Congress's decisions will be. I think a lot more's going to come. The British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump's calls.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

He used GCHQ. What is that? It's the initials for the British intelligence-finding agency. So, simply by having two people saying to them president needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump's conversations, involving president-elect Trump, he's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on this. Putting the published accounts and common-sense together, this leads to a lot.feedback

Jeremy Fleming

I don't think the rubbish being uttered by the Trump camp will affect the day-to-day operational co-operation between the UK and US intelligence agencies, but it'll be important to remind our partners there that more consideration and respect need to be afforded to the intelligence communities by the Trump administration.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.feedback

Javier Ruiz - Open Rights Group

We know that there is a very close collaboration between the UK and US intelligence agencies. There is nothing in UK law to stop GCHQ from conducting targeted interception of President Trump's communications before he became President – or even now. The lack of transparency about the US-UK intelligence collaboration arrangements makes oversight impossible and encourages these kind of accusations, however unlikely they are.feedback

Sean Spicer

He's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.feedback

Andrew Napolitano

Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.feedback

Paul Chichester

I think so. It's an emerging threat that we're all grappling with. It's not just a challenge for government. I think you can see some of the social media companies already looking at tackling some of that. I think perhaps they feel they've been exploited and they're looking to tackle that as well. Actually, I think it currently looks like an area we can collaborate and work together with industry to tackle this.feedback

Paul Chichester

Cybercriminals will always be looking for new techniques. They'll certainly be keen to look at how they can use them. Any time when somebody discloses potentially new ways of attacking systems then the criminals are going to be really keen to weaponise them before people have had a chance to fix them.feedback

Paul Chichester

For us any leak of data, or any leak of vulnerabilities, in an uncontrolled way, whoever does it doesn't help the security industry. We believe in responsible disclosure. We believe in if you understand vulnerabilities you have ways to disclose them responsibly. I wouldn't in any way shape or form endorse the mass leaking of anything like that.feedback

Robert Hannigan - Government Communications Headquarters

GCHQ and its sister agencies, MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), cannot tackle these challenges at scale without greater support from the private sector, including the largest U.S. technology companies which dominate the web.feedback

Robert Hannigan - Government Communications Headquarters

As you know, I have also initiated the greatest internal change within GCHQ for 30 years and I feel that we are now well on the way to being fit for the next generation of security challenges to the UK in the digital age. After a good deal of thought, I have decided that this is the right time to move on and to allow someone else to lead GCHQ through its next phase. While this work must remain secret, you will know how many lives have been saved in this country and overseas by the work of GCHQ.feedback

Gary Stewart

The opening of the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator is a significant step forward for the UK's ambitions to be a global hub for cyber talent.feedback

Andrew Tyrie

Legacy systems, human error and deliberate attack have resulted in unacceptable interruptions to vital banking services and weakened the public's confidence in the banking system as a whole. The recent attack on Tesco Bank is only the latest example of criminals exploiting vulnerabilities in the banking industry's IT systems.feedback

William Hague

It has been suggested that GCHQ uses our partnership with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they can not legally obtain in the United Kingdom. I wish to be absolutely clear that this accusation is baseless.feedback

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