XKeyscore: The ‘Widest-Reaching’ NSA Program Revealed By Snowden | Talking Points Memo

The latest National Security Agency program revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden is called XKeyscore and, according to NSA training materials, the program is the agency’s “widest-reaching” system for developing intelligence from the internet.According to The Guardian, which published an article about the program on Wednesday, XKeyscore allows analysts to search — without prior authorization — through databases containing emails, online chats, and the browsing histories of millions of people. The newspaper reported that classified documents describing the program “shed light” on Snowden’s assertion that, as an NSA contractor, he could “wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email.”

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