How a WWII intelligence pact between the U.S. and UK forged modern surveillance

Revelations show a transatlantic intelligence pact that started during the second world war is expanding beyond states’ ability to control it.

There haven’t been too many moments of levity over the past four months for those intimately involved in the story of Edward Snowden. It hasn’t been a laughing matter for the man himself, who is now stuck in Russia, the intelligence agencies whose secrets he has disclosed, or the governments that have had to deal with the consequences.

But the impasse between the opposing forces in this unprecedented and complex saga has been broken on occasion. One of these moments came at the Guardian’s London headquarters, near King’s Cross station, on Wednesday 17 July.

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