The Huffington Post is reporting that Aljazeera America has obtained emails that show some Silicon Valley Executives had a much cozier relationship with the NSA than they led us to believe. The Aljazeera report focuses on Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page in emails they obtained through the “Freedom of Information” Act.
Email exchanges between National Security Agency Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt suggest a far cozier working relationship between some tech firms and the U.S. government than was implied by Silicon Valley brass after last year’s revelations about NSA spying.
Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law.
But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.
On the morning of June 28, 2012, an email from Alexander invited Schmidt to attend a four-hour-long “classified threat briefing” on Aug. 8 at a “secure facility in proximity to the San Jose, CA airport.”
“The meeting discussion will be topic-specific, and decision-oriented, with a focus on Mobility Threats and Security,” Alexander wrote in the email, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the first of dozens of communications between the NSA chief and Silicon Valley executives that the agency plans to turn over. Continue reading at Aljazeera America
The whole NSA debate is certainly a hotspot conversation and this bit of information is no doubt going to light the fires even further. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.