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July 19, 2013
Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on
The very first tidbit from the ever-expanding cache of Snowden files, the Verizon court order was due to expire. But the U.S. government, despite the leaks, pushed for its renewal.
"The Government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the Court renewed that authority," the statement from the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper read. This order continues the collection of all call details -- or "metadata" -- of calls created by Verizon between the U.S. and abroad, or within the U.S., including local calls.
- Read more: Verizon's secret data order timed to expire, but NSA spying to carry on (ZDNet)
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July 31, 2013
U.S. spy system XKeyscore allows NSA to 'wiretap anyone'
With billions of fragments of data collected by the U.S. and its "Five Eyes" partners around the globe annually, XKeyscore brings it all together, according to Snowden. In spite of the denials by U.S. officials over claims that the NSA could "wiretap anyone," the new batch of slides appeared to state otherwise.
The "top secret" program allows U.S. intelligence analysts to monitor in real time the emails, web browsing, Internet searches, social media use, and virtually all online activity of a target. Based on a "massive distributed Linux cluster", the program has 500 servers distributed around the world. In one of the slides, a map suggests these servers are located on every continent, on the territory of U.S. allies and of rivals like Russia, China, and Venezuela.
- Read more: U.S. spy system XKeyscore allows NSA to 'wiretap anyone' (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: The Guardian
August 7, 2013
DOJ probing claims U.S. drug agency 'collaborated' with NSA on intelligence
A Reuters report claimed not long after the discovery of XKeyscore that a U.S. drug agency, outside the traditional federal intelligence arena, was being given access to NSA-gathered data for the purposes of law enforcement.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was understood to be able to access vast amounts of data from telco giant AT&T. DEA agents were taught to "recreate" the origin of intelligence as to not blow the lid on the massive intelligence gathering operation by the NSA and its global partners.
The Justice Dept., which oversees the DEA, said it was "looking into" the matter.
- Read more: DOJ probing claims U.S. drug agency 'collaborated' with NSA on intelligence (ZDNet)
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