The CIA Pays Millions of Dollars for Access to AT&T Data
Telecom companies aren’t only working with the NSA, and they aren’t just cooperating out of legal obligation. The CIA pays telecom giant AT&T $10 million a year for cooperation with U.S. security investigations. Company reps and intelligence officials emphasized that AT&T only reveals data about foreign users who access the firm’s network, and CIA personnel do not have direct access to the company’s database. But the deep level of collaboration between telecom companies and U.S. spy agencies continues to raise new ethical questions, and demands are increasing for a legislative response.