Friday, June 7, 2013

US intelligence chief admits spying on foreigners through Google

Mr Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, released an unusual late-night statement in response to the leak of a secret court order which shows the US is storing information on millions of calls made by Americans each day.

Mr Clapper accused The Guardian of giving a "misleading impression" of how the programme worked and said he had ordered parts of it to be declassified so Americans would understand "the limits of this targeted counterterrorism programme and the principles that govern its use".

He insisted the programme was authorised under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and targeted only "non-US persons" outside the United States, admitting the US had accessed the servers of internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple to spy on foreigners.