'NSA collects millions of personal contact lists globally' [William Spring @ PressTV]
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A new report shows that the United States' National Security Agency spies on hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the world, many of them U-S citizens. The report says the N-S-A is sifting through millions of contact lists from e-mail and instant messaging address books from personal accounts worldwide. The data is mostly culled from users' Yahoo, Gmail, Facebook, and Hotmail accounts. This information reportedly comes from secret documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The N-S-A has not confirmed the allegations, but defends its surveillance activities as legal, saying it is necessary to find possible links to terrorism or other criminal activities. The agency has been under fire since the revelations about its massive efforts to collect phone records and online data.