“British intelligence gathered tens of thousands of emails from journalists’

Jan

20

2015

The British intelligence service GCHQ has one day in November 2008, according to the Guardian newspaper tens of thousands of emails from journalists intercepted. The messages were read for anyone with access to the intranet of the intelligence service.

This involves the mail include reporters from international media such as Reuters, The New York Times, BBC, Le Monde and The Sun, says The Guardian. The eighty thousand emails were on the intranet and anyone with access to it could read them, as a showcase for a then new tool to strip out irrelevant data mails.

The case will probably go raise the question of how the British GCHQ deal with privacy. Confidential information of journalists from international media were indeed public for each GCHQ employee. The revelation comes at a time when several European governments are considering to expand the powers of intelligence agencies after the terrorist attacks in Paris nearly two weeks ago. According to The Guardian finds the GHCQ via its own scoring system terrorists slightly more dangerous to national security than investigative journalists.

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