Today’s Snowden leak of the day consists of a hearty take on bulk collection garnished with artisanally crafted international intrigue…
This sentence sums it up:
“The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place…”
The intrigue is the Washington Post’s decision not to reveal which country that is, or more properly countries (there are 5 countries on the “time machine” list by now). Though we do know the first country to have this deployed is one with a lot of calling to/from the US —
officials involved expect that the program is collecting “large numbers of conversations involving Americans.”
(I wonder if that country is Germany… the diplomatic fallout from such a revelation would probably be enough to get the espiocracy threatening Gellman with “hanging first, trial after.” Or maybe Mexico? There’s been a lot of high-profile phone-related drug busts there lately…)
There is also some detail on the Utah data center. To make a long story short, yes, it is being used to add lots of extra storage capacity to keep track of innocent people’s digital lives.