How is the NSA’s vault of secrets being unlocked?
By Tara McKelveyBBC News Magazine
The National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly collected data on millions of US customers of Verizon, a telecom firm, and on 60 million calls in Spain. It is also said to have obtained data on 70 million digital communications in France – and spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel for years.
The revelations, which appeared in articles co-written by Mr Greenwald or Ms Poitras in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, French paper Le Monde, Germany’s Der Spiegel and two Spanish newspapers, El Mundo and El Pais, shed light on an organisation which, as experts explain, is even more shadowy – and hard to cover – than the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The media reports have unnerved diplomats, spies and politicians. In August UK authorities detained Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport – and confiscated Snowden documents he had been carrying.
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