Presentation explaining how the NSA taps into Google data centers. National Security Agency via Washington Post Is PRISM just the tip of the iceberg? US intelligence access to the mounds of data held by Google and Yahoo goes far beyond the court-approved PRISM program, which was described in some of the first National Security Agency (NSA) leaks to come out this summer. Top secret documents published today by The Washington Post reveal that the NSA has tapped into overseas links that Google and Yahoo use to communicate between their data centers.

The newly revealed program, codenamed MUSCULAR, harvests vast amounts of data.

A top-secret memo dated January 9, 2013 says that the NSA gathered 181,280,466 new records in the previous 30 days. Those records include both metadata and the actual content of communications: text, audio, and video. 0     

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