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Collection, Processing and Dissemination of Allied Communications

Extracts from a 2005 draft directive from the NSA’s director of signals intelligence reveal that, contrary to the “common understanding” that the a no-spying agreement existed between members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance (comprising the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), the NSA reserved the right to target allies unilaterally in certain circumstances: see the Guardian article US and UK struck secret deal to allow NSA to ‘unmask’ Britons’ personal data, 20 November 2013.

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