- The Department of Homeland Security collected and analyzed communications between protesters in Portland and shared the information with other law enforcement agencies, the Washington Post reported.
- Brian Murphy, acting DHS Under Secretary of State for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a briefing last week that office staff had not interacted with demonstrators, a committee letter said.
- The DHS report included the demonstrators' communication via the telegram messaging app, which discussed where the protests should take place and how officers could be avoided.
- It is not immediately clear how the DHS gained access to the demonstrators' messages and the motives behind the tracking and analysis of communication between civilians exercising rights protected by the first change.
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The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly collected and analyzed messages between protesters in Portland, which contradicts what a department official said to a Senate committee last week.
An internal DHS document obtained from The Washington Postshowed that the department had access to electronic communication between demonstrators and included its messages in an intelligence report that was shared with other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI.
Brian Murphy, Acting Under-Secretary of State of the DHS for the Intelligence and Analysis Service (I&A), had previously said that according to a, the office staff had no contact with demonstrators letter Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asking Murphy to confirm the statement.
However, the open source intelligence report, dated less than a week before Murphy's briefing to the committee, included demonstrators communicating through the telegram messaging app, which discussed where the protests should take place and how officers could be avoided .
"The report describes the news as" likely that encrypted messaging app users in Portland will discuss TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures) to avoid law enforcement if they are persecuted, "The Post reports." It also means that the information from a & # 39; telegram chat room & # 39; which it called the & # 39; instant messaging service & # 39; designated. "
It is not immediately clear how the DHS gained access to the demonstrators' messages and the motives behind the tracking and analysis of communication between civilians exercising rights protected by the first change.
"The DHS does not comment on correspondence in Congress. We respond accordingly," the Post department said in a statement.
The Post reported earlier this week that the DHS was also compiling intelligence reports on two journalists reporting the protests that leaked unclassified internal information. The reports have also been shared with other law enforcement agencies.