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Hague: Snooping claim 'baseless'

The Foreign Secretary has dismissed claims that spy centre GCHQ used private data from US security agencies to circumvent British laws are "baseless."

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US claims could be 'Snooper’s Charter by the back door'

Labout MP Keith Vaz has said he is "astonished" by the allegations about a US programme monitoring communications in and outside of US borders.

Keith Vaz MP said he was astonished by the claims Credit: Ian Vogler/PA Wire

He said: "The most chilling aspect is that ordinary American citizens and potentially British citizens too were apparently unaware that their phone and online interactions could be watched.

"This seems to be the Snooper’s Charter by the back door. I shall be writing to the Home Secretary asking for a full explanation," he added.

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