Report: Documents reveal details behind AT&T-NSA partnership

National Security Agency (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that documents provided by former systems analyst Edward Snowden provide new details about ties between the National Security Agency and telecom giant AT&T.

The Times and ProPublica jointly reviewed the documents dating from 2003 to 2013. In a story posted Saturday on its website, the Times reports that in 2003 AT&T led the way on a new collection capability that the spy agency said amounted to a “live” presence on the global net.

The Times says that in one of its first months of operation the new collection capability forwarded 400 billion Internet metadata records.

The newspaper also reports that the documents show that AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, including help with spying on Internet communications at U.N. headquarters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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