AT&T And The NSA Were Besties For A Decade, New Report Reveals

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AT&T  and the National Security Agency (NSA) were in deep cahoots for decades. According to a recently unearthed report the company delivered information about billions of emails to the government agency.

The New York Times and ProPublica citing NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed a troubling pattern from the NSA and AT&T. The article says AT&T provided the information under “legal rules.”

Edward Snowden revealed during his initial leaks that telecom companies and the NSA were in cahoots for years.  However, the article states that the documents show that AT&T’s role with the NSA was far more extensive and intimate than other companies.

In a response to CNNMoney the company said it only, “provides information to investigative agencies through a court order or ‘other mandatory process,’ unless a person’s life is in danger and ‘time is of the essence.'”

Snowden’s leaked documents show that from 2003 to 2013, AT&T assisted the government with data collection from millions of people around the world.

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AT&T was given a code name in the report which the Times and Pro Publica concluded referred to the company.

At this time, it is not known if AT&T and the NSA still have an open level of communication.

The report also showcases a cost of business for the NSA that was two times more expensive than any other telecom.

In the document NSA officials were told, “This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship.”

Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose is the Editor-In-Chief at BusinessPundit. He received his degree in Economics in 1998 and a second degree in Journalism in 2004. He has served as a financial adviser, market trader, and freelance journalist for the last 11 years. When he's not investigating market conditions and reporting on workplace news, he can be found traveling with his wife, dog, and laptop. He can be reached at PeterMondrose@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240.