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Snowden Reveals NSA Using Google And Yahoo

Eric Parra |
October 30, 2013 | 7:10 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Google and Yahoo are some of the biggest information gathering (wikimedia/creative commons)
Google and Yahoo are some of the biggest information gathering (wikimedia/creative commons)
Edward Snowden has been on a roll. Since his last few leaks of information on who’s looking at what, he’s let the press know that the National Security Agency, despite previous claims, have not been looking solely at terrorist activity.

Now through his leak, the NSA has allegedly been using Google and Yahoo to gather e-mail information from their users.

From the L.A. Times

“The documents, reported by the Washington Post, describe a project code-named MUSCULAR, a cooperative effort with the agency’s British counterpart, GCHQ. Even though NSA has been obtaining data directly from Google and Yahoo with court orders through the previously disclosed PRISM program, the new documents show it also has been taking data without permission abroad, outside the oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”

Snowden released one particular document, labeled “Google Cloud Exploitation,” and included a hand-drawn sketch to show the way Google data was being used to move things around the world, enraging two engineers with connections to Google.

SEE ALSO: NSA Collected E-mails Not Tied To Terrorism

The leaked NSA documents, however, do not mention having permission to access data centers, but rather, they collected data through a fiber-optic line as it was being transferred to the data centers, intercepting it at the halfway point.

Under the PRISM program, the NSA is allowed to gather a vast amount of information through online communication, including Yahoo and Google, “authorized under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” but that’s not to stop the people being investigated to make complaints to their government and congress.

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