AT&T gets paid millions by the CIA to give up user data

from The second-largest telecom country in the United States has been on
the Central Intelligence Agency’s payroll to the tune of $10 million a
year in exchange for voluntarily handing over troves of phone logs
, the
New York Times reported Thursday.

Citing federal officials with knowledge of the program, The
Times’ Charlie Savage wrote that telecommunication giant AT&T
has been routinely collaborating in CIA investigations by
surrendering phone records to the agency and even scouring vast
archives of dated logs on their behalf since at least 2010,
adding yet another scandalous chapter in the sordid story of the
telecom’s long-lasting and often elusive relationship with the

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