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NSA Collected Info on 125 Billion Phone Calls in 30 Days

Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 03:17 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The National Security Agency collected information on 124.8 billion phone calls in one 30 day period earlier this year, including about 3 billion phone calls made from the United States, according to documents initially released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Data on NSA's Boundless Information program shows that the phone calls made during January 2013 were monitored from all over the world, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The top five countries where phone calls were monitored by the NSA are Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, with the United States coming in sixth, and Egypt and Iran taking the seventh and eighth spots, according to information compiled by the intelligence website Cryptome using a heat map from the Boundless Informant program it acquired from The Guardian.

Other countries that are consider U.S. allies such as Mexico and France are demanding answers as to why they have been included in the United States monitoring activities.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court gave the NSA the okay to continue collecting U.S. phone call records on Oct. 11.

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