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NSA scoops up millions of text messages a day: Report

Published on Jan 17, 2014 4:20 AM
 
Women use their cellphones on Jan 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  The US National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world, a report said Wednesday, in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The US National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world, a report said Wednesday, in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files.

The Guardian newspaper and Britain's Channel 4 News reported that the NSA used the messages to extract data on the location, contact networks and credit card details of mobile users.

British spies were given access by the NSA to search the collected "metadata" - information about the text messages but not the actual contents - of British citizens, according to the report.

The secret files say the programme, codenamed Dishfire, collects "pretty much everything it can", the Guardian and Channel 4 News reported.

 
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