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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.
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.

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Foreign minister: China a 'major victim' of cyber attacks

by - China Correspondent

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying refused to be drawn on the specifics of how an extradition battle would be dealt with between Beijing and Hong Kong.

However, she took the chance to respond to claims made by Edward Snowden; that China was targeted by the NSA spying programme.

She told reporters "...as we have repeatedly said China is one of the major victims" [of cyber attacks], adding that China was "opposed to all forms of cyber and hacker attacks".

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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.

Read: Thousands sign US 'whistleblower pardon' petition

More: Snowden threatened with prosecution after 'damaging' disclosures

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