The National Security Agency created a Google-like search database for different forms of communications of both Americans and foreign nationals, according to classified documents published today by The Intercept. Amazon Buys Twitch For $970 Million The documents reveal that the search engine feature could comb over 850 billion records detailing data about phone calls, emails and online chats. These records were searchable by different domestic law enforcement agencies, like the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency. The information is the first to concretely suggest that the NSA provided other agencies with the trove of metadata it was collecting in a massive surveillance program that first came to Americans’ attention last summer with documents leaked by former NSA employee, Edward Snowden. New Leaked Schematics Show Two Versions of Phone The search engine is called “ICREACH,” according to the documents (you can view them on The Intercept), which point to the service being available for several years at least. “The ICREACH team delivered the first-ever wholesale sharing of communications metadata within the U.S. Intelligence Community,” according to one memo from 2007. “This team began over two years ago with a basic concept compelled by the IC’s increasing need for communications metadata and NSA’s ability… Read full this story
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