[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[FYI] U.S. Pushes to Resolve Debate on NTT-Verio


------------------------------- CUT ---------------------------------

10 August 2000  

Source: US national newspaper, August 9, 2000, pp. A2-A14.  

Cryptome is hosted on a server rented from Digital Nation a Verio 
subsidiary. As a Verio customer we are concerned about this report's 
description of current arrangements between Verio and US government 
agencies for intercepting communications. We have no evidence that 
such violation of privacy is occurring on this site but understand 
that if such intrusive methods were in effect under court order or as 
a covert favor to federal officials Verio and/or Digital Nation might 
be forbidden to publicly disclose them. Thus, we are obliged to alert 
visitors that there may be surveillance of this site and its access 
logs -- though Cryptome is hardly unique.  

In one instance Verio has supported Cryptome's right publish 
controversial documents, and we appreciate that exemplary policy.  

Please see our privacy warning: http://jya.com/sitesec.htm  

U.S. Pushes to Resolve Debate on NTT-Verio  

By NEIL KING JR. And DAVID S. CLOUD Staff Reporters  

WASHINGTON -- Facing a Monday deadline, U.S. officials are scrambling 
to resolve national-security concerns that are holding up a $5.5 
billion bid by the Japanese phone company, Nippon Telegraph & 
Telephone Corp., to acquire the U.S. Internet company Verio Inc.  

Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers has called a meeting for tomorrow 
of top administration officials to try to bridge deep differences 
among government agencies over the deal, which has been caught up in 
a national-security review process for nearly 75 days.  

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the Justice 
Department and the Pentagon, worries the deal could give the Japanese 
government-controlled company access to U.S. government wiretapping 
activity and could present an espionage risk. But other agencies 
charged with promoting trade contend the FBI has overblown the 
concerns, and they are pushing for less-stringent requirements.  

The dispute has enormous ramifications, not just for trade relations 
between the U.S. and Japan, but also for law enforcement as it 
grapples with the complications of foreign investment in the rapidly 
growing U.S. Internet sector. This is the first time national- 
security reviews similar to those surrounding past aerospace and 
defense deals have been applied to an international Internet 


------------------------------- CUT ---------------------------------