Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)

Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)

Duncan Campbell is a British freelance investigative journalist and television producer who has specialised in intelligence issues, was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act in the 'ABC Trial' in 1978 and made the controversial series "Secret Society" for the BBC in 1987 (see Zircon affair). He was a staff writer and assistant editor of the "New Statesman" from 1978-91.

He shares the same name as another Duncan Campbell, who is a long-standing correspondent for "The Guardian".

Important articles

In 1980, his article revealing the existence of the secret Standing Committee on Pressure Groups (SCOPG) in Hong Kong led to the revelation that most pressure groups and individual members of the opposition were under surveillance by the colonial government. Duncan's article asserts that Hong Kong under then governor Sir Murray MacLehose had become a dictatorship. In his words: "Hong Kong is a dictatorship; and scarcely a benevolent one."

Campbell revealed in 1988, in an article titled "Somebody's listening" and published in "New Statesman", the existence of the ECHELON surveillance program. [citation
last = Campbell
first = Duncan
authorlink = Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)
title = Somebody's Listening
newspaper = New Statesman
date = 1988-08-12
url = http://duncan.gn.apc.org/echelon-dc.htm
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

In 1999 he wrote a report on COMINT entitled "Interception Capabilities 2000" for the European Parliament. [citation
last = Campbell
first = Duncan
authorlink = Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)
title = Interception Capabilities 2000
publisher = European Parliament, Directorate General for Research, Directorate A, The STOA Programme
date = 1999-04
url = http://www.cyber-rights.org/interception/stoa/interception_capabilities_2000.htm
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

In 2005 and 2007, Campbell investigated and wrote criticisms of the Operation Ore child pornography prosecutions in the U.K., which exposed police errors and "revealed how computer evidence used against 7,272 people in the UK accused of being paedophiles had been founded on falsehoods." These articles were "Operation Ore Exposed" and "Sex, Lies and the Missing Videotape," both published in "PC Pro" magazine. [citation
last = Campbell
first = Duncan
authorlink = Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)
title = Operation Ore Exposed
newspaper = PC Pro
date = 2005-07-01
url = http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/74690/operation-ore-exposed/page3.html
accessdate = 2007-06-19
] [citation
last = Campbell
first = Duncan
authorlink = Duncan Campbell (investigative journalist)
title = Sex, Lies and the Missing Videotape
newspaper = PC Pro
date = 2007-04-01
url = http://ore-exposed.obu-investigators.com/PC_PRO_Operation_Ore_Exposed_2.html
accessdate = 2007-06-19
]

ee also

* NSAKEY
* SIGINT
* ECHELON
* Operation Ore

References

Further reading

* Campbell, D. (1980). "Colonialism: A Secret Plan for Dictatorship" New Statesman, December 12, 1980.
* Campbell, D. (1981). "Big Brother is Listening: Phone Tappers and the Security State". New Statesman Report 2.
* Campbell, D. (1982). "War Plan UK: The Truth about Civil Defence in Britain" (1st ed.). Burnett Books. ISBN 0-09-150670-0 (hardback), ISBN 0-09-150671-9 (paperback). 1983 Revised edition Paladin Books ISBN 0-586-08479-7.
* Campbell, D. (1984). "The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier: American Military Power in Britain". Michael Joseph. ISBN 0-7181-2289-5 (hardback), ISBN 0-7181-2350-6 (paperback).

External links

* [http://duncan.gn.apc.org/ Duncan Campbell's own web site]
* [http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/6/6929/1.html Inside Echelon by Duncan Campbell]
* [http://www.cyber-rights.org/interception/stoa/interception_capabilities_2000.htm Interception Capabilities 2000]


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