Monday, October 28, 2013

NSA asked Japan to tap regionwide fiber-optic cables in 2011 | The Japan Times

The U.S. National Security Agency sought the Japanese government’s cooperation in 2011 over wiretapping fiber-optic cables carrying phone and Internet data across the Asia-Pacific region, but the request was rejected, sources said Saturday.

The agency’s overture was apparently aimed at gathering information on China given that Japan is at the heart of optical cables that connect various parts of the region. But Tokyo turned down the proposal, citing legal restrictions and a shortage of personnel, the sources said.

The NSA asked Tokyo if it could intercept personal information from communication data passing through Japan via cables connecting it, China and other regional areas, including Internet activity and phone calls, they said.

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Comment: So they "say" they rejected it and now we're supposed to take that at face value and accept it. And this is coming from the same people who went in front of the International Olympic Committee and said the situation at the crippled (leaking poisonous radioactive isotopes into the Pacific ocean by the ton each and every day) Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant was "under control!"

All I can say is where's Old George Strait when you need him? Oh that's right, he's on the old YouTube right here!

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