NSA relied on AT&T to help it spy on the internet

According to a story in today’s New York Times, the NSA has been relying on AT&T to help it spy on the internet. While one NSA document called AT&T “highly collaborative,” another praised the carrier’s “extreme willingness to help.” From 2003 to 2013 it is estimated that using methods that were legal, AT&T was able to help the NSA gain access to millions of emails. One NSA document reminded agency officials to be polite when visiting AT&T offices. “This is a partnership, not a contractual relationship,” the document noted.

In one specific situation, the nation’s second largest …
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