Saturday, August 3, 2013


NSA pays $152M to UK spy agency:Guardian

Top secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden reveal the U.S. paid millions to the less-regulated UK spy agency, GCHQ.
NSA paid $152 million to UK spy agency: GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Britain
The United Kingdom's spy agency, GCHQ, has reportedly been paid $152 million by the US National Security Agency, the Guardian reports.

The United Kingdom's spy agency, GCHQ, has reportedly been paid $152 million by the US National Security Agency, the Guardian reports.
In another revelation springing from former spy contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian reports that the U.S. National Security Agency paid $152 million to Britain's spy agency for access to its intelligence-gathering.
"The top secret payments," made over three years, "make clear that the Americans expect a return on the investment" from the Government Communications Headquarters, the Guardian reported.

Snowden, who just left a Russian airport transit area where he was stranded for more than a month hiding from U.S. espionage charges, had warned about a too-close relationship between the GCHQ and the NSA.
Quoted in the Guardian, Snowden said the GCHQ was "worse than the US" in gathering massive amounts of personal data from Internet and communications traffic.
One of the GCHQ's "selling points" to keep the NSA as a partner is that "the UK is less regulated than the US" in data collection, the story states.

Some of that data, however, was instrumental in the NSA's investigation of a suspect in a 2010 car bomb attack in New York City.
"No other detail is provided — but it raises the possibility that GCHQ might have been spying on an American living in the US. The NSA is prohibited from doing this by US law," the Guardian said.
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