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Apple denies that it was involved in NSA programme

Apple have released a statement refuting claims that it was involved in the NSA's controversial PRISM programme.

In the statement titled "Apple's Commitment to Customer Privacy", Apple claim that it does not "provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and insisted that "any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order".

Apple did confirm that it did received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies. Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar

However the company did confirm that it received between "4,000 and 5,000" requests for customer data from government agencies.

The Guardian published a series of revelations earlier this month, concerning allegations that the US security services monitored phone calls and internet data through large companies.



Hague: US-UK intelligence sharing 'strongest in world'

Foreign Secretary William Hague said the "intelligence sharing relationship between the UK and US is unique and the strongest in the world and contributes to the security of both countries"

William Hague and John Kerry at a joint news conference. Credit: RTV

Answering a question on NSA surveillance, he said that intelligence gathering was "based on the framework of law."

Hague added that there "couldn't be two more trusted partners" on intelligence sharing in the world.

Earlier, Secretary of State John Kerry defended NSA surveillance, saying that "members of Congress passed all of this" and added that they had "voted for this several times."

Snowden: I am neither traitor nor hero

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has told a newspaper in Hong Kong he does not consider himself a hero or a traitor, in his first interview since blowing his cover.

Weighing in on the fierce debate his revelations have ignited and the praise and condemnation he has received worldwide he said:

I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American.

Snowden vows to fight extradition from Hong Kong

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has spoken for the first time since revealing his identity to The Guardian. In an interview with The South China Morning Post, he defended his decision to flee to Hong Kong and vowed to fight extradition. Speaking to reporter Lana Lam he said:

People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality.

My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system.

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