Edward Snowden has leaked new documents proving AT&T gifted billions of emails and online interactions to the NSA.

The telecommunications giant helped the National Security Agency spy on U.S. Internet traffic from 2003 to 2013, according to the documents.


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Though many telecommunications companies have assisted the government in monitoring online interactions, the newly revealed papers called the relationship with AT&T “highly collaborative” and highlighted the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” AT&T handed over billions of emails to the NSA between 2003 and 2013 and offered technical assistance in executing a court order to wiretap all online communications at the United Nations headquarters. AT&T also installed surveillance equipment in 17 or more of its Internet hubs in the U.S., more than any other telecom company. Since the original Snowden disclosures in 2013, some telecommunications companies have begun to push back against the government on matters of security. In 2014, Verizon challenged a court order demanding it provide phone records. h/t time

AT&T has said it does not comment on issues of national security.

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