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".
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.
Senator Dianne Feinstein says NSA head Keith Alexander has pledged to make public the list of attacks thwarted by US surveillance on Monday, reports Reuters.
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The director of the National Security Agency has told a US senate hearing said that the leaked American surveillance programmes have helped to prevent "dozens" of potential terrorist attacks.
Following reports that the CIA deputy director Michael Morell has resigned, the White House has announced that he is to join President Obama's intelligence advisory board.
The deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell, has resigned, the Associated Press reports. No reason has been reported.
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"
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."
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.
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.