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May 23, 2014|
The founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has revealed that the US National Security Agency records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan.
On Monday, the Intercept reported that classified documents provided by American whistleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA “is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cellphone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas.”
According to the Intercept, the NSA’s same spying program, MYSTIC, also targeted Mexico, Kenya, the Philippines, and another “unnamed country.”
A WikiLeaks tweet, however, revealed on Friday that the unnamed country is Afghanistan.
In a statement, Assange said that the purpose of identifying the “unnamed country” was not only to make revelations about Washington’s “crime of mass espionage” across the world but also to prevent the killing of innocent people in US drone strikes.
“We know from previous reporting that the National Security Agency’s mass interception system is a key component in the United States’ drone targeting program,” Assange said.
“The US drone targeting program has killed thousands of people and hundreds of women and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia in violation of international law. The censorship of a victim state’s identity directly assists the killing of innocent people,” he added.