Newly Revealed Program Shows NSA Can Read Emails, Chats

Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT) -- A powerful surveillance program — details of which were obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and revealed Wednesday — reportedly allows the government to obtain access to a vast trove of Internet data, including email communications, browser data, online chats and social media content.

The NSA’s so-called XKeyscore program allows agency analysts to search for targeted information from vast databases of stored information using a simple query system that involves little or no oversight or judicial clearance, according to government training materials released...
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