New PRISM slides: more than 100,000 ‘active surveillance targets,’ explicit mention of real-time monitoring


The Washington Post has revealed four new slides from its trove of top secret PRISM information, appearing to confirm earlier reporting about the US government surveillance program.

Notably, the new slides appear to confirm whistleblower Edward Snowden’s claims that PRISM allows the NSA and FBI to perform real-time surveillance of email and instant messaging, though it’s still not clear which specific internet service providers allow such surveillance. (As originally reported, PRISM providers include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple.) In notes accompanying the new slides, the Post claims that “depending on the provider, the NSA may receive live notifications when a target logs on or sends an…

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