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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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Intelligence chief: Surveillance targets non-US citizens

US intelligence chief James Clapper has said the law that allows American government agencies to collect communications from internet companies only permits the targeting of "non-US persons" outside the United States.

The response comes after The Guardian reported The National Security Agency had obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, as part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM.

US intelligence chief James Clapper says its internet surveillance targets non-US citizens. Credit: Press Assocation

PRISM allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats.

Mr Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement the story, which also appeared in the Washington Post, contained "numerous inaccuracies," but did not offer any details.

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