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Huawei hypocrisy: Williamson was sacked thanks to NSA eavesdropping, the very thing Chinese firm is being preemptively accused of

Huawei hypocrisy: Williamson was sacked thanks to NSA eavesdropping, the very thing Chinese firm is being preemptively accused of

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Theresa May almost certainly sacked Gavin Williamson not just on the basis of a telephone billing record showing he had a phone call with a Telegraph journalist, but on the basis of a recording of the conversation itself. It astonishes me that still, after Snowden and his PRISM revelations, after Wikileaks Vault 7 releases, and after numerous other sources including my own humble contribution, people still manage to avoid the cognitive dissonance that goes with really understanding how much we are surveilled and listened to. Even Cabinet Ministers manage to pretend to themselves it is not happening. The budget of the NSA, which does nothing else but communications intercept, is US $14.2 billion this year. Think about that enormous sum, devoted to just communications surveillance, and what it can achieve. The budget of the UK equivalent, GCHQ, is £1.2 billion, of which about 10% is paid by the NSA. Domestic surveillance in the UK has been vastly expanded and many taboos broken. But…
Source: Huawei hypocrisy: Williamson was sacked thanks to NSA eavesdropping, the very thing Chinese firm is being preemptively accused of

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