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Whoa...Snowden says Western states 'in bed with NSA'


AFP - Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said the US National Security Agency operates broad secret spying partnerships with other Western governments now complaining about its programmes, in an interview published Sunday.

Snowden said in comments made before his exposure of US espionage practices came to light last month and printed in German news weekly Der Spiegel that NSA spies are "in bed together with the Germans and most other Western states".....

The partnerships are organised so that authorities in other countries can "insulate their political leaders from the backlash" if it becomes public "how grievously they're violating global privacy," he said....

The interview was conducted by US cryptography expert Jacob Appelbaum and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras using "encrypted emails shortly before Snowden became known globally for his whistleblowing", Spiegel said.

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Im like, really, really,

Im like, really, really, reeeeealy, surprised!

Sarc infinitium

Mr Snowden has never heard

of the UN?

crietmann's picture

"The Puzzle Palace"

Back in the early 80's I read "The Puzzle Palace" on the NSA (you can Google it) and one of the claims way back then was that the NSA and their British counterpart were both forbidden from spying on their own citizens - so they simply did it for the other and swapped data. These types of exchanges have been around for years.

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No shit

What next, is Snowden going to reveal that water is wet?

A signature used to be here!

Can we

Can we refrain from using the word "Whoa...?"

Can we

... still use Dude?



Dude is acceptable if you're

typing in the south, as I am

Garan's picture

Is "Typing in the South" code for something else?

..just seemed to flow from the conversation. :)

BTW. I like "Whoa" better than overuse of exclamation marks!!!