Wednesday 17 January 2018

US spied on porn use of jihadists

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Josie Ensor London

THE American spy agency NSA tracked the online sexual habits of terror suspects in an attempt to expose them as hypocrites.

Details emerged yesterday in the latest leak of classified documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The spy agency identified six targets, all of whom were Muslim, as examples of how electronic surveillance could be used to gather potentially embarrassing information on individuals, such as evidence of visits to pornography sites.

None of the targets is accused of being involved in terrorist plots. But the document, which was leaked to the 'Huffington Post', said one of the targets had been involved in promoting al-Qa'ida propaganda. It suggests that if such activities were exposed it would undermine the targets' jihadist credentials.

Mike Rispoli, a spokesman for Privacy International, said: "What is frightening about the NSA's capabilities are that they collect massive amounts of information on everyone, including your political beliefs, contacts, relationships, and internet histories." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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