Report: US Spy Agency Built its Own Secret ‘Google-like’ Search Engine

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian)
This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian)
This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

 

(India Times) – WASHINGTON: A top US intelligence agency has built its own secret “Google-like” search engine for about two dozen government agencies to search information through more than 850 billion communications records, including phone calls, emails and internet chats, a media report has said.

Reported by ‘The Intercept’ – a recently launched website – from the classified documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Google type secret search engine is considered to be key to searching information from over 850 billion records that the US government collects over multiple agencies.

It was a mastermind of the recently retired National Security Agency Director Gen Keith Alexander.

Christened ‘ICREACH’ the search engine REACH contains information on the private communications of foreigners and, it appears, millions of records on American citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing, said The Intercept. 

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