GCHQ has always been the prime overseas partner for the NSA – and it has long been suspected that each partner within the Five Eyes relies on the others to circumvent its own domestic laws. This is denied, but…

“The Guardian has discovered,” it reported last week, “GCHQ receives tens of millions of pounds from the NSA every year, money it has come to rely upon to build and maintain its collecting and decoding capabilities. In turn, the US expects a service, and, potentially, access to a range of programmes, such as Tempora.”

This is potentially illegal and certainly embarrassing. Labour MP Paul Flynn has said it demonstrates that Britain is ‘the poodle of the US.’ “I don’t think anyone had any inkling of these payments. Clearly we fool ourselves that we have an independent foreign policy.”

SOURCE: infosecurity-us.com

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