It was only a matter of time before NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s treasure trove of documents would unveil that government snoops were monitoring file-sharing sites.
According to the Snowden documents unveiled Wednesday by The Intercept, the Canadian government’s spy apparatus has been monitoring as many as 102 file-sharing sites. The documents, which date to 2012, only named three of the sites: RapidShare, SendSpace, and the defunct MegaUpload. The sites are dubbed FFU for “Free File Upload.”
The goal of the program, LEVITATION, is to nab suspected terrorists seeding or leeching material connected to terror, such as hostage videos and bomb-making recipes. One document says that “Al-Qaida uses FFU sites to distribute Jihadist propaganda. Extremists use FFU sites to distribute training materials.”
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