How ProPublica Figured Out the Unnamed Telecommunication Company Helping the NSA was AT&T

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Tue, Aug 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The no-longer shocking news that AT&T helped the NSA spy on the Internet was courtesy of a collaborative partnership between the spy agency and the telecom company, ProPublica explains how they figured it out.

While it has long been known that American telecommunications companies work closely with the spy agency, the documents we’ve published show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative” and another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

By following breadcrumbs we found throughout the trove of documents released by Snowden, we were able to prove that a program called Fairview was the cover term for the agency’s partnership with AT&T. We also found evidence that Verizon participates in the agency’s smaller Stormbrew program.

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