The Guardian reports that British spy agency GCHQ taps fiber optic cables for secret access to world’s communications and shares information with NSA.
The latest documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden reveals GCHQ collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, The Guardian reports.
The sheer scale of the agency’s ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.
One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.
GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects.
This includes recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user’s access to websites – all of which is deemed legal, even though the warrant system was supposed to limit interception to a specified range of targets.
I am still asking how in the world Edward Snowden was able to pull this off being on the job for weeks instead of months or even years? He’s a traitor and belongs behind bars.