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U.S. Spying Controversy

(A demonstrator from the pro-China "Caring Hong Kong Power" group protests over claims from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) hacked computers in the Chinese territory, outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong July 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

U.S. spying controversy

The National Security Agency has tapped directly into communications

links used by Google and Yahoo to move huge amounts of email and other

user information among overseas data centers, the Washington Post

reported on Wednesday.

The report, based on secret NSA documents

leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, appears to show the agency

has used weak restrictions on its overseas activities to exploit major

U.S. companies' data to a far greater extent than realized.

The

Post said the operation gained access to a cable or switch that relayed

the traffic through an unnamed telecommunications provider. (Getty)