Glenn Greenwald, of The Intercept. [Reuters]
The National Security Agency records the entire content of every phone call in Afghanistan, claims WikiLeaks.
The organization named the country referred to in previous news reports as "Country X"
. News organizations including The Intercept
and the Washington Post
say they chose not to identify the unnamed country because concern that doing so would likely lead to violence and loss of lives.
It is unclear whether WikiLeaks has access to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden to reporters at the Intercept and the Washington Post, or if another person with access to that information outed "Country X" to someone at WikiLeaks. Or,
As the leak site Cryptome noted earlier, it may be that WikiLeaks simply believes that the mystery country is Afghanistan given the already-public information available.
Historically, US companies have been able to get around the (relatively stringent) European data-protection rules thanks to a “Safe Harbor” agreement between the US and the EU — but Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, has successfully argued that the NSA’s mass surveillance programs violate European law and invalidates the Safe Harbor.
Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they’ve recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK.
In a new episode of the BBC’s Panorama, Edward Snowden describes the secret mobile phone malware developed by GCHQ and the NSA, which has the power to listen in through your phone’s mic and follow you around, even when your phone is switched off.
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