Guardian: British spy agency taps cables, shares with NSA

By REUTERS
June 21, 2013 21:35

LONDON - Britain's spy agency GCHQ has tapped fiber-optic cables that carry international phone and internet traffic and is sharing vast quantities of personal information with the US National Security Agency, the Guardian newspaper said on Friday.

The paper, which has in recent weeks been publishing details of top-secret surveillance programs exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said on its website Snowden had shown it documents about a project codenamed "Tempora".

Tempora has been running for around 18 months and allows GCHQ to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fiber-optic cables for up to 30 days, the paper said.

The story is likely to put further pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron's government to reassure the public about how data about them is collected and used.


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