The _Washington Post_ has published four additional slides from the NSA
PowerPoint demonstration leaked by IT contractor Edward Snowden, which outline
more information about the PRISM program. The slides, which are annotated by
the _Post_, seem to directly contradict claims from a number of Internet tech
companies that they did not have government hardware installed on-premises and
used to gather data on suspects.
According to the just-released slides, the FBI, which apparently handles much
of the actual data-gathering before handing the data over to the NSA, will
used pre-approved search term, known as "selectors," to search companies' data
> THe FBI uses government equipment on private company property to retrieve
matching information from **a participating company**, such as Microsoft or
Yahoo and pass it without further review to the NSA.
If true, this would fly in the face of denials from all of named PRISM
participants, which include—beyond Microsoft and Yahoo—Google, Facebook,
PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple. Since the initial leaking of the PRISM
documents by former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Snowden in early June to
the _Post_ and the UK _Guardian_ news organizations, these companies have
categorically denied that any such installed equipment is in ...