Docs reveal how UK spies on entire Europe for US `snoop-ops`

The classified documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden now point towards the alleged access of the British spy officials to the web and telephonic communications flowing throughout Europe.

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013, 13:05 PM IST

Washington: The classified documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden now point towards the alleged access of the British spy officials to the web and telephonic communications flowing throughout Europe in order to furnish data for the controversial US` ` snoop-ops`.

The UK spy agency, GCHQ has power to snoop on phone calls, read emails and text messages apart from tracking which websites users from around the world are visiting.

According to Washington Times, there are more than 200 fiber optic cables that travel around the world and the GCHQ has access to at least 14 of them, all of which flow through Europe which means that they can intercept most messages in countries like Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, among others.

Earlier it was believed that the agency has access to only one of the cables, but the latest revelations indicate to its access to at least 14 fiber optic cables.

The report said that six multinational companies are believed to have helped the agency gain access including BT, Vodafone, Viatel, Interout, Verizon and Level 3 Communications.

ANI