Cover Story

Empire in espionage

Print edition : July 12, 2013

President Barack Obama. He came to office promising to undo large swathes of the Bush War on Terror approach, including warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens. Photo: Pete Souza/AP

A banner with the picture of Edward Snowden, who leaked top-secret documents about the U.S.' surveillance programmes, in Hong Kong. Photo: Kin Cheung/AP

The NSA'S data centre near Bluffdale, Utah. The NSA was formed in 1952 with the express purpose of intercepting and analysing electronic communications in foreign countries. Photo: Francisco Kjolseth/AP

A systems administrator blows the cover of a U.S. spying programme that routinely mines data from Internet servers and telecommunications systems used by billions of people around the planet, including all Americans.
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