Monday, November 4, 2013

Europe's spies work together on mass surveillance

 RAF Menwith Hill base, which provides communications and intelligence support services to the United Kingdom and the U.S., is pictured near Harrogate, northern England June 15, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis
 From Reuters
Spy agencies across Western Europe are working together on mass surveillance of Internet and phone traffic comparable to programmes run by their U.S. counterpart denounced by European governments, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.
Citing documents leaked by fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian said methods included tapping into fibre optic cables and working covertly with private telecommunications companies.

The Guardian named Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands as countries where intelligence agencies had been developing such methods in cooperation with counterparts including Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ.