State Duma raises eyebrows on U.S. special services tracking down servers of major IT companies

Head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said that actions of U.S. special forces, which received access to servers of some Internet companies, were part of permanent surveillance.

Head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said that actions of U.S. special forces, which received access to servers of some Internet companies, were part of permanent surveillance.

"U.S. special services have direct access to servers of nine biggest Internet companies, [including] Google, Facebook, Apple and Yahoo. This is consistent permanent surveillance," Pushkov tweeted on Friday.

The Washington Post newspaper reported on Friday that U.S. special forces had direct access to servers of nine leading Internet companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Facebook. The newspaper reported that U.S. special forces had access to the data of Apple, PalTalk, AOL, Skype and YouTube as well.

The newspaper reported that the National Security Agency and the FBI had direct access to the private information stored on the servers of the Internet giants to put certain citizens under surveillance within the secret governmental program named PRISM.

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo said that they did not give the special services direct access to their servers.

Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper said that the information the special services collected within this program was very important and valuable for foreign intelligence and was used to protect the U.S. from a range of threats.

Clapper said that the reports of The Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers about the PRISM program contained inaccurate information. Clapper did not specify what it was.

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