After Edward Snowden

In June 2013, the Guardian and Washington Post began publishing a series of reports based on confidential intelligence documents leaked by ex-NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.  The following month, Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act and forced into exile in Russia.


The higher than top secret files exposed the true extent of the mass electronic spying operations of the NSA, GCHQ and their partners across the world. Revelations included the NSA's surveillance of US citizens, how GCHQ spied on diplomats during the G20 Summit in London in 2009, and details and codenames of specific snooping programmes like Boundless Informant, PRISM, Stellar Wind and XKeyscore.


The stories sparked a renewed interest in global surveillance and demands for transparency from the likes of the US Congress and the European Parliament. Duncan's career of exposing unlawful surveillance became relevant once again. He has published several articles on the subject and was invited to speak at numerous conferences, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.  Below you will find links to related commentary, videos, reports and articles. 


News stories

Exclusive: UK’s secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks

Duncan's front page story in the Independent reveals that data-gathering operation is part of a £1bn web project still being assembled by GCHQ.

23 August 2013 | Read more


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Useful links

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'Iedereen zijn privacy is eraan'

Belgian publication MO* talks to NSA experts Matthew Aid and Duncan Campbell about the impact and consequences for of the Edward Snowden leaks. 10 August 2012

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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 | Read more

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.




Council of Europe

Following his appearance at the Council of Europe, Duncan spoke on camera about "State interference with privacy on the Internet." Click here

European Parliament

In September, Duncan gave evidence to the European Parliament on the substance of the Snowden Leaks.  Click here

Chatham House

In August 2013, Duncan debated with Geoffrey Robertson QC and former head of GCHQ David Omand at Chatham House.  Click here

CIJ Summer School

Duncan spoke about the Snowden Leaks on a panel with Seymour Hersh and Geoffrey Robertson at the CIJ's 2013 Summer School. Click here

WCSJ 2013

Duncan gave a presentation at the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki about "Big Brother, Big Data and NSA Surveillance." Click here


Useful links


Digital Surveillance: how to avoid another Snoopers' Charter

Duncan wrote the first chapter for the new report analysing the UK Draft Communications Data Bill. The publication was launched at an event in London on 28 May 2012. Read More

Request Initiative: The Future of Transparency

Duncan Campbell spoke at the Future of Transparency event at City University in London on 22 May to discuss "information law and the role of investigative journalism in today's world." Read more

The Capenhurst Tower

In 1999, Richard Lamont published a piece about the Capenhurst Tower's interception capabilities.  After Duncan got in touch saying he wasn't convinced,the two set out digging together to definitively prove the tower's secret purpose. Read more


Duncan's 40 year career includes a wealth of work on surveillance and intelligence issues. Click here


Browse Duncan's journalism pages to read 40 years of scoops Click here

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