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British spy agency GCHQ 'worse' than US on data, says Snowden

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London: The latest documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed that Britain's spy agency GCHQ has secretly accessed fibre-optic cables carrying huge amounts of internet and communications data, the Guardian newspaper reported.

British spy agency collects and stores vast quantities of global email messages, Facebook posts, internet histories and calls, and shares them with NSA, the report says.

“GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects,” the news paper reported.

"It's not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight. They [GCHQ] are worse than the US,” Snowden told the Guardian.

It is the latest in a string of leaks from Mr Snowden, as part of his attempt to expose what he has called "the largest programme of suspicionless surveillance in human history".

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