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    Western Europe Spies Too

    Demonstrators hold a banner bearing the image of Edward Snowden with a message of thanks during a protest against government surveillance on October 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The disclosures of widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency of US allies has caused an international uproar, with leaders in Europe and Latin America demanding an accounting from the United States.    AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Who’s pointing fingers now? According to a Saturday report in The Guardian, Western European spy agencies also engage in the type of mass Internet and phone traffic surveillance that the U.S.’s National Security Agency does. The report names Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands as working together on mass surveillance—which, if true, is particularly embarrassing for France and Germany, as they had been among the most vocal protesters of America’s electronic surveillance. The Guardian’s report comes courtesy of  more leaked documents from Edward Snowden.

    Read it at Christian Science Monitor