Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th May 2014 20:03 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Internet & Networking

Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's vast capability for spying on Americans' electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.

But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.

I'm so surprised.

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Comment by some1
by some1 on Sun 11th May 2014 00:19 UTC
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Maybe I'm missing something, but what's wrong with Google execs attending a meeting on security of mobile devices? The article seems to implicitly accuse them of agreeing to participate in the NSA surveillance program, but the actual emails have none of that.

Edited 2014-05-11 00:20 UTC

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RE: Comment by some1
by lawlernet on Sun 11th May 2014 00:26 in reply to "Comment by some1"
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There is absolutely nothing damning in the article to either the NSA or Google, and it's a shame that Al Jazeera has dilapidated in quality reporting so quickly after launching their American branch that they can't resist doing click bait like this.

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RE[2]: Comment by some1
by TechGeek on Sun 11th May 2014 15:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by some1"
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And there is nothing wrong with their reporting. The news agency is just pointing out that the statements from the tech industry don't quite line up with these emails. Google and others acted like they were dragged kicking and screaming into this mess. Now we see that they participated at least somewhat willingly.

Also note that even if this is true, we have no idea where the line between being a patriot and being a creepy overlord spy actually lies for any of these corporations. Maybe at that time Google thought it was doing the right thing. The picture is still far from complete.

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