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Revealed: How Microsoft Taught the NSA to Crack Encrypted Emails

More explosive revelations from The Guardian and how tech companies are secretly legally forced to comply with NSA orders.

by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Spencer Ackerman and Dominic Rushe
The Guardian | Thursday 11 July 2013

Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian.

The files provided by Edward Snowden illustrate the scale of co-operation between Silicon Valley and the intelligence agencies over the last three years. They also shed new light on the workings of the top-secret Prism program, which was disclosed by the Guardian and the Washington Post last month.

The documents show that:

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Microsoft's Response:

UPDATE: Microsoft has issued a statement regarding today's report from The Guardian:

We have clear principles which guide the response across our entire company to government demands for customer information for both law enforcement and national security issues.

First, we take our commitments to our customers and to compliance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide customer data only in response to legal processes. Second, our compliance team examines all demands very closely, and we reject them if we believe they aren’t valid. Third, we only ever comply with orders about specific accounts or identifiers, and we would not respond to the kind of blanket orders discussed in the press over the past few weeks, as the volumes documented in our most recent disclosure clearly illustrate. To be clear, Microsoft does not provide any government with blanket or direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype or any Microsoft product.

Finally when we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely. That’s why we’ve argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues.

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Secretly Legal?

Secretly Legal = Illegal

Legal = According to Law, in conformity with Law

One cannot conform to a procedure that is Secret. If something is Forbidden or Allowed, it must be known to those Forbade or Allowed.

The FISO courts are ILLEGAL

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Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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This is just so sad.

This is just so sad.

And I used to believe in the quite unique American way of seeing free enterprise making its best bets on innovation, efforts, risk-taking, and fairness in the game, be it small, medium, or big.

Now, that's pretty much ... ALL GONE.

I'm going to be harsh. Close your eyes if you can't take this kind of truth in reading...

In truth:

now, even the biggest, like MS, don't fear to become the state's bitches.

Yes, the New U.S. Collectivist Government's bitches.

Why, you ask?

Because they think they're so big they can win forever at this game.

Them, fools.

Here's the relevant noun in the English dictionary:


Oh yeah, granted, though:

it's still a concept difficult to grasp, for some who can only see themselves to live in their materialistic present.

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.



"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

dulled down...

you'd think this would trigger outrage.. **crickets chirping**
I'm not cynical here.. I have hope..
the collective 'psyche' of 'America' is REALLY hard to probe and anticipate where the 'pressure points' are..
we are either very 'anesthetized'
over-amped with info overload.
I can't figure out which.
thanks for posting Velveeta.. and glad it's pegged at the top.

THIS!!! Is transparency,

THIS!!! Is transparency, learn it governments, LEARN IT!!!

Now, google please,

Now, google please, specifically android, if you have, i hope you do

Excellent journalism

Thankyou poster


have betrayed the public. This is the FALL of the AMERICAN EMPIRE.

Truly, truly, this period of history will go down as one of the most perverted and blasphemous times of all. My heart is wrenched. It's with anguish and trepidation that I think of what life will be like, after the financial devastation that is sure to come, along with, so many "unintended consequences".