Disclosure: The FBI is more involved in NSA surveillance


The FBI had, and probably still has, much closer involvement with NSA mass surveillance programs than we thought - with access to US foreign intelligence and PRISM data.fbi

A 231 pages report (PDF), of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, was presented to the public - although largely concealing data - following a request for free information from the New York Times, a request made possible by the use of key information leaked by informant Edward Snowden.

The report notes that in 2008 - almost since the launch of the PRISM program, which allows the NSA to access public information stored by Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo! among others - the FBI had access to very personal data.

The following year, the Federals requested and obtained their own feed on the activities of foreign nationals according to the 702 article of the Patriot Act. Until April 2012, the department, which is in charge of internal business security, had begun asking for information about specific individuals.

It's clear from last week's publications that the NSA had helped the FBI to attack Sony Pictures and of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, as both players seem to work closely together for a long time and share information and techniques.

This could bring an interesting twist to the trial of Ross Ulbricht - the alleged manager of Silk Road, Dread Pirate Roberts - which starts on Tuesday. The FBI claims Ross Ulbricht's mistakes led to his arrest, but his defense argues that the FBI must have hacked into their client, possibly with the help of the NSA.

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