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The NSA Can’t Leave the Italians Out of the Mass Surveillance Party

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Enrico Letta

Enrico Letta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The NSA bugged 46 million phone calls in Italy in a month, according to digital library host Cryptome. The report is the latest in the revelations that the agency tapped hundreds of millions of phone lines across Europe. 

The snooping, between Dec. 10,  2012 and Jan. 8, 2013, reportedly did not appear to track the  content of calls but rather telephony metadata, including the  origin and duration of the calls.   

  The alleged monitoring of citizens’ phone calls follows an  article in the Italian weekly, L’Espresso, which claimed that US intelligence had monitored Italian  telecoms networks, targeting the government and companies as well  as suspected terrorists.

  Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also  reportedly monitored telephone, Internet and email traffic  carried through three undersea fiber-optic cables in Italy as a  part of its Tempora program. 

“In this mass collection, our secret services had a role,”  the publication cited Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped  publish leaked documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward  Snowden, as saying. 

  Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Thursday that the  alleged monitoring of Italian telecommunications by US and  British intelligence would be both “inconceivable and  unacceptable.”


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

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