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October 24, 2013
Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders
The same day as the White House made reassurances to the German government's leader, new leaks appeared to disprove what the U.S. had initially claimed, specifically that it wasn't tapping into the phones of world leaders. According to the new reports, more than 200 phone numbers were handed over by a U.S. official, including almost three-dozen numbers belonging to prime ministers, presidents, and heads of state.
But the surveillance turned up "little reportable intelligence" on the 35 world leaders whose phones were tapped into by the U.S., the documents showed.
- Read more: Merkel wasn't alone: NSA tapped calls of 35 world leaders (ZDNet)
(Source: The Guardian)
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October 28, 2013
Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011
In efforts to expand the U.S. government's surveillance program to the Asian states, particularly with China set in its sights, the U.S. made efforts to ask Japan if it would allow the tapping of undersea fiber cables. But Japan refused, according to sources speaking to Japanese media.
The report said legislation preventing the intercepting of communications in the country forced the Japanese government to refuse the request -- even if it meant missing out on collecting the communications of suspected terrorists.
- Read more: Japan reportedly rejected NSA requests to tap fiber in 2011 (ZDNet/AAP)
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Source: The Japan Times
October 30, 2013
NSA accused of tapping links between Yahoo, Google datacenters
The next big leak from the Snowden files was the revealing of a new NSA project, codenamed MUSCULAR, which suggests the U.S. spy agency was tapping into the links between Google and Yahoo datacenters worldwide, including Americans' data.
The U.S. also works with its British counterparts at GCHQ to intercept cables that span across the Atlantic.
Data, which is sapped from the private optical cables between the technology giants' datacenters, is siphoned off and sent back to the agency's Fort Meade headquarters. In the preceding 30 days, the agency collected 181 million new records alone, including metadata -- such as traffic records and details relating to customer data -- as well as the contents of communications.
Image: European Union
Source: The Washington Post