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Jul 09, 2013 at 04:59pm IST

Edward Snowden says Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft gave direct access to NSA

New Delhi: In the second part of an interview with The Guardian, US whistleblower Edward Snowden's has claimed that companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft got together with the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide 'direct access' to back ends of all of communicating systems. He added the NSA doesn't limit itself to foreign intelligence.

"I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded and that's not something I'm willing to support it's not something I'm willing to build and it's not something I'm willing to live under," Snowden said in the interview.

Snowden is believed to be stranded at a Moscow airport, trying to reach out any country that grants him asylum. The fugitive systems analyst spoke in video released on Monday, filmed by The Guardian in June in Hong Kong before he fled to avoid extradition to the US.

Snowden also said NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander lied to Congress by saying the agency could not determine how many US communications are gathered - something Snowden says NSA auditing tool Boundless Informant does. NSA did not directly answer the question, referring to an Alexander speech in which he talked about how the NSA fit into the larger counter terror team of the administration.

Alexander has also said such data gathered by NSA programs can only be analyzed when linked to foreign targets.

(With Additional Inputs From Associated Press)

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