Not just the U.S.! [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ? ? Several European nations spying on their citizens! The spy agencies of Germany, France and Spain have all developed mass surveillance techniques for phone and internet activity despite their outrage over the Edward Snowden eavesdropping revelations. The three European states have been among the strongest critics of the revelations surrounding the activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA). Leaked GCHQ documents point to a relationship between Spain's intelligence agency and an unnamed British telecommunications company back in 2008. Spain's National Intelligence Centre (CNI) reportedly made "great strides" through their relationship with the company, which provided them with equipment and reported back to GCHQ. The files show that the countries have their own methods for the bulk monitoring of communications and have worked closely with GCHQ over the last five years, the Guardian said. Anger increased following allegations that the phone of German chancellor Angela Merkel had been monitored while it, France and Spain have also expressed outrage at claims of mass surveillance of its citizens. But a GCHQ report, leaked by the for mer CIA contractor, reveals that the three, along with Sweden, have all developed the capabil ities to tap in to fibre optic cables that allow for mass monitoring of internet or phone activities. The report even appears to praise Germany and France for their work, it is claimed. However there was frustration with Italy where the intelligence agencies were described as "fractured and unable/unwilling to cooperate with one another", it was reported. But the report also suggests that GCHQ remains the lead experts on monitoring, providing advice to its European counterparts, including on how to make a case for stronger surveillance powers in their respective countries. Earlier this week, General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, claimed it was the European intelligence agencies and not American spies who were responsible for the mass collection of phone records that provoked outrage on the Continent. He suggested to Congress that Eu ropean governments' professed out rage at the reports was at least part ly hypocritical. "Some of this reminds me of the classic movie Casablanca -`My God, there's gambling going on here,'" he said. ? ?
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